The Gettysburg Borough Council heard a report from members of the Gettysburg branch of the American Exchange Project (AEP) on Monday evening. The project sends high school seniors from around the country on visits to other cities that are different from their own for one or two weeks over the summer.
Gettysburg High School chemistry teacher Kristen Bechtel introduced the visiting student from Sioux Falls South Dakota and two Gettysburg students in the program also spoke. Each expressed enthusiasm about the opportunities to learn about different places.
Public Works Director Robert Harbaugh said two big improvement projects – on South St. and on and around High St. are wrapping up. Harbaugh said there were only a few more things to finish up on the two projects.
Borough Engineer Chad Clabaugh said the South St. project “was one of our more difficult designs.”
The borough reported that repairs on Culp’s Run were underway and that major work on Steven’s Run in the borough was in store. The borough said 68 percent of the walls of Stevens Run need to be replaced.
Police Chief Robert Glenny said the department had been busy in May with another shooting and a lockdown at Gettysburg Hospital. Glenny praised his staff and other responders for quickly apprehending a suspect in the shooting.
Glenny said that in response to a right to know request a .pdf file containing a (somewhat redacted) version of police policies was available to the public on the borough website.
Borough Manager Charles Gable said almost 100 percent of real estate taxes had already been collected and that the borough “stands to be in a fairly healthy financial situation.”
Darren Glass has been appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board to serve the remainder of Larry Weikert’s term through Jan. 2025.
Paul Witt was appointed to the Historical Architecture Review Board to replace James McCabe through August 2024.
Main Street Gettysburg Executive Officer Jill Sellers thanked Keller Williams for helping the borough with a cleanup day. “They got down and dirty on behalf of the historic district,” she said.
Sellers said volunteers were needed at the David Wills House.