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The Chambersburg Borough Council won’t meet again until June

May 20 – The Chambersburg Borough Council has some time off when it comes to meetings, but there is always activity in the borough offices.

Budget discussions will soon begin for 2025 finances for district departments.

The Glenn Street Fountain was officially turned back on on Friday.

City Council President Allen Coffman said, “There were probably about 20 to 25 people who showed up. We had people from the highway department there helping to close the street, the Chambersburg Police Department was there. Lieutenant Bietch was there on one of the police motorcycles to help, as well as a few other people, but it was a fun event. There’s a plaque on that fountain that I didn’t mention on Friday that I should have. It is called In Memory of Janet M. Weaver. She was born in 1923 and she died in 1993. The Keeper of the Fountain and I found this interesting and I planned to record it on Friday, posted by the family, neighbors and friends for her tireless efforts to maintain and improve the Glenn Street Fountain. That’s right in the middle, at the base of it, which I thought was a really nice touch. But I missed it on Friday, so I’ll try to make up for it now.”

The fountain looks great.

Coffman said: ‘It’s the nicest I’ve ever seen it in the thirty years I’ve been looking at it, over thirty years actually, but it looks great. Really and truly. It’s not perfect. One of the urns is a bit twisted, but in a way that’s true. Most things in life aren’t perfect.”

The Memorial Day Parade will take place in a week. It starts at 8:45 am. The Cumberland Valley 21 Day Retreat hosts the parade.

Coffman said, “They’re doing a good job with it. Hopefully it will be a great event and a good day for them.”

Lincoln Way from Fifth Avenue to the Square is closed.

Coffman said, “It reminds me of turning on the fountain, the Memorial Square fountain. Remember, there were thousands of people in that square when they dedicated that fountain, which is really remarkable when you think about it. Thousands of people on that square, in the diamond as they called it then.”

The U.S. Census municipal population estimates are out and Chambersburg is growing. The municipality gained about 1.6% of the population. This amounts to 350 new residents in the past three years.

Coffman said, “I can kind of understand that because, I think, we’ve had tremendous growth in housing construction over the last few years. There is still a need for it, and we hear that often. So people are moving here and I think one of the things I always thought, we’re getting a lot of people who have retired from the federal government here and are moving to Pennsylvania, actually areas outside of the township, and that explains Washington Township, I think , It’s easy to get into Maryland and go to Frederick or DC, so I’m not surprised that we’re growing a population in the south-central part of PA.”

The municipality received a grant to hire a new police officer, who will begin a new round of testing.

Coffman said it will be “testing by the civil service, probably in September, and they will start advertising that pretty quickly. So if you’re interested in becoming a police officer, especially in Chambersburg, pay attention to this announcement and take the test, get on the list and hopefully we’ll get someone good to be in the department.

The reassessment of the province is still a subject of discussion.

Coffman said, “It seemed like there were people who incorrectly said they thought the city had filed suit against the county. That’s not true, but you have to understand that if you go to Executive Session, you really have to give a basic explanation of what’s going on. There are only certain things that are allowed under the board meeting and real estate, lawsuits, labor negotiations, things like that are allowed.”