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Gettysburg Borough Passes Police Cooperation Ordinance, Prepares for Vote on Non-discrimination Ordinance and 2021 Budget; Fires Set at Rec Park

The Gettysburg Borough Council voted on Monday to publish for public comment an ordinance designed to protect people on the basis of their sexual orientation. The proposed ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, housing, and commercial property, establishes a commission to investigate complaints, and creates a mediation remedy for filed complaints.

The ordinance has been under review for several months and will be voted on during the council’s December 14 meeting.

Overhead View of the Skate Park at the Gettysburg Rec Park

The council also published a draft of its 2021 budget which includes a tax increase for local residents. The budget increases the property tax rate to 4.409 mills. The occupation tax remains at 30 mills and the fire protection service appropriation tax Rate remains at .25 mills.  The budget will also be voted on at the December 14 meeting.

The borough also finalized an inter-municipal mutual aid police cooperation agreement between the borough and Cumberland County and sold a used police car to Liberty Township.

The borough also passed ordinances relating to apartment conversion and minimum lot area requirements and will work with K&W Tire on an expansion of its property in the borough.

The borough also announced it would be increasing the use of the online passport parking app into new areas of the borough.

The council reported that the Gettysburg Christmas tree will be going up Nov 23 and that the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association will be installing their decorations on the same day.

Main Street Gettysburg CEO Deb Adamik said she is looking for artists to decorate windows during the Christmas season.  Adamik said the modified Christmas festival is moving ahead. “Everything we’re doing this year is for COVID,” said Adamik.

Gettysburg Police Chief Rob Glenny said there had been vandalism at the rec park on Saturday evening and that two fires had been set causing burns on ramps at the skate park.

Glenny said the skate park is closed while the source of the vandalism is begin investigated.

Borough Engineer Chad Clabaugh said the East and West Broadway Street work had been completed at a cost of about $726,000, well below the $749,000 that had been budgeted.

Clabaugh said the biggest project for next year will be the South Street renovation.

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