2013-05-09 / Front Page

Borough Council Reviews UMC Building Project

Engineer comments on Methodist building discussed
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council reviewed a letter from its engineer, Keller Engineers, that included more than 20 comments on the proposed United Methodist Church building plan. Like most of the discussions held previously, the letter basically addressed the church’s plans for stormwater runoff.

In September 2012, council members saw preliminary plans for a new fellowship hall to be built south of the church where the former parsonage is located along North Second Street. The old brick parsonage building will be razed. Although the building will have an 8,300-square-foot footprint, at the time the preliminary plan was shared, it was uncertain whether or not it would be two stories tall. The new steel-framed building with brick casing will be connected to the church, according to the plans.

In 2012 and several times since, council has discussed stormwater plans for the new building and parking lot. The church’s engineer said the project would have 32,000-40,000 gallons of water to contain and that with their containment plan there would be approximately the same or less runoff.

Now, however, the borough’s engineer is questioning parts of the plan, including how water will be carried to North First Street, drainage easements and more than 15 additional comments that were included in the letter. The concerns will now go to the church project’s engineer for comment, explanation and remediation, if necessary.

Also during other business during council’s regular meeting last Wednesday evening, a discussion was continued regarding the “missing” sidewalk on South Second Street near Giant Food Store. Council again reiterated that it believes the area needing the sidewalk is in Ayr Township, while the township supervisors at their April meeting reiterated that they believe it is in the borough. Resolution of the problem that sends pedestrian traffic out into the street seems unlikely at this time.

Addressing their meeting’s agenda items, council members approved a request to close onehalf of West Market Street from the square to North First Avenue for the Strawberry Festival on June 14 and 15.

Payment of $2,625 to Conrad Sigel for actuarial services for the police pension fund was approved and the amount will be paid from the police pension fund.

Council voted to use liquid fuel funds to pay U.S. Municipal Supply $25.35 for dust caps for borough equipment and to pay TMS $433.38 for anti-skid and $2,216.25 for the Walnut Street grate and street work.

A brief discussion was held on whether or not any paving would be done this year. Borough secretary Jack Fields said that there would only be about $20,000 avail- able and the Street Committee members talked of the need for paving work to be done on East North Street near the intersection of North and Fourth streets. No final decision was made pending inspection and cost estimates from PennDOT.

Mayor Mike Chilcote mentioned that the sign on the old Fulton County Medical Center should be removed so as not to confuse anyone needing emergency medical services. The sign has been repeatedly covered, but the covers have blown away. The property is now owned by Palmer Construction Co.

Council members also acknowledged the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department for its law enforcement efforts in the borough.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of April bills in the amount of $34,193.97 while receipts for the same period totaled $30,359.97. Checks were written for $45,956.64, and the May 1 balance was $26,360.08.

Council members present were Travis Bard, Pat Frazier, David Washabaugh, Mack Shaffer, Rick Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next regular meeting will be held on June 5. 2013.

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