2014-04-10 / Front Page

Boro Council Hears Plans For Heritage Days

Street sweeping set for April 16
By Jean Snyder


McConnellsburg Borough Council received an invitation to Fulton County Heritage Days and conducted other routine business during uts regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

Fulton County Historical Society President Linda Garber and museum curator Edie Coleman attended the council meeting to provide information on the upcoming event cosponsored by the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Heritage Days will be held June 14 and 15 and will feature a Civil War re-enactment to commemorate the Last Confederate Bivouac north of the Mason-Dixon line 150 years ago in 1864.

Although the re-enactment will be held on the Moore farm south of McConnellsburg on Saturday and Sunday, the event will kick off when county commissioners issue a proclamation on Friday, June 13, on the courthouse lawn.

In addition to the re-enactment, the United Daughters of the Confederacy from Richmond, Va., will rededicate the monument to the first two Confederate soldiers to die north of the Mason-Dixon line. The two soldiers were considered the first casualties of the Gettysburg campaign, and they were buried where they fell on the north side of Route 16 where the monument stands. The rededication will take place on the county courthouse lawn at 5 p.m. on June 14.

Council members also received copies of the commemorative March edition of The Fulton County Republican. Garber said there will be an additional edition published for the event, and council agreed to buy a one-half page ad in the upcoming edition at a cost of $200.

The Fulton House museum will be open to the public during the event and will feature special exhibits. The annual Strawberry Festival will also be held on Friday and Saturday of the weekend as well as other special events in the county. In a related matter, council approved a request to close Market Street from the square west to the alley for the Strawberry Festival.

Other business

Local tax collector Joann Chilcote met with council members and asked them to consider adopting an ordinance that will allow a fee to be charged for tax certification requests. Chilcote says that currently she receives many requests from lending institutions asking for written certification that property taxes have been paid. Council agreed to the request, and Chilcote said that $5 would be charged for the certifications that are now done free of charge.

Local businessman Jim Stenger appeared before council with a subdivision plan for his property behind West Walnut Street. Stenger has operated the Toyer’s Shop since 1965 and is now retiring and will sell the engine building shop to Kevin Glee. Stenger owns other property at the same site and presented a plan to subdivide a plot where the shop is located in order to sell to Glee. Council approved the request.

Council also approved a request by local shop owner Lin Henry to hang a cloth mural on the white fence at Susquehanna Bank on Lincoln Way West. The mural will be part of a fundraising campaign to restore the dam and fill Meadow Grounds Lake. Council had no objection as the bank has approved the plan.

Council discussed an exemption request from Bob Wooldridge for his townhouse building project at the corner of Third and Market streets. The request appeared to be related to stormwater runoff, but council tabled the request until more information could be received from council’s engineer, Keller Engineers.

Upon request by the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, council agreed to take a one-quarter page ad for $35 in the chamber’s Spring Fever Golf Tournament to be held on April 25.

Also during other business, council announced that Bulky Item Day will be May 2 and residents should put items curbside the night before. Streets will be swept on April 16, and borough residents are asked to move vehicles that are on the street so sweeping can be completed.

Regular business

Council approved payment of March bills in the amount of $17,007.23. Receipts for the same period were $12,527.94. Checks were written for $23,207.19, leaving an April 1 balance of $40,380.58.

Council members present included Rick Buterbaugh, Travis Bard, Pat Booth, Pat Frazier, David Washabaugh, Adam Gress and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2014.

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