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Finances looking up as Gettysburg Borough Council returns to in-person meetings

The Gettysburg Borough Council held its first in-person meeting in the borough office since early 2020 on Monday.

The council announced the borough office has now reopened but that it would not always be staffed at the front window. Visitors must dial the extension of the person they wish to meet using the phone in the lobby. But there will be some dedicated window hours: For the parking department, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – noon, and for the planning department, Monday-Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Current state of borough finances

Considering the current state of borough finances, Borough Manager Charles Gable said the borough had already collected about 60 percent of its anticipated revenue.  “There are good signs in this report. Tax collection is on par with what would be expected,” he said.

“Business license and permits are doing really well this year.  We have a lot of requests for special events,” said Gable.

Gable said the occupancy tax collection is on a “very positive number” and that the Gettysburg Hotel will reopen on July 1.

Parking Manager Becka Fissel said the parking revenue numbers “are definitely looking better.”

The borough will soon begin a discussion of how to spend federal money coming from the American Rescue Plan Act. Gable said the money was a once in a lifetime opportunity that would not have to be spent until 2026. “You should not want to use this for recurring expenses,” said Gable. 

Gettysburg Pride

Council member Matt Moon thanked the arts and the business communities for their support of the 5th annual Pride Weekend on June 4-6. “Our local organizers have created an event which I hope just continues to build and it makes another destination event for Gettysburg,” said Moon.

“One of the most pleasing things about the day is that there really was no negativity.  It was a really special weekend,” said Moon.

Noting that people had visited from around the county, around the region, and even from other states, council member Patti Lawson said “the square was filled with so many happy people.”

Narcan available

Moon said the Heroin Task Force has Narcan available for distribution.

Steinwehr Ave. Project

The borough will hold a public meeting on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Steinwehr Ave. Project bid extension. The public is invited to comment.

Community Development Block grants

The borough has reserved July 26 and Aug 23, both at 6:30 p.m., for public comment on the use of this year’s Community Development Block Grant funds

Repairs around town

The borough is continuing a storm water repair project on Gettys St. and a revitalization project on South St.

Police Business

Police Chief Rob Glenny said the police officers are in a trial phase with the new body cameras and that the program would go live on July 1.  “The program is going well so far; they’re working well,” he said.

Glenny said there would be a bicycle police officer over the summer, and that the “Coffee with a Cop” program will be instated.  The meetings will be once per month on one of the parklets.

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