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Gettysburg reports good news on revenue; moves forward on projects

Gettysburg Borough reported this week that tax revenues have almost returned to pre-pandemic levels. “The visitation and tourism in Gettysburg have really rebounded quite well in the second half of 2021,” said Borough Manager Charles Gable.  Gable said 2022 revenues are also looking good.

The borough said an application for zoning changes that requested allowing vacation rentals in the institutional zoning district has been withdrawn.

Council member Chad-Alan Carr spoke frankly to the public about issues of concern to him, by

  • suggesting the public should contact their borough representatives if they have opinions about parklets or other borough business. “If the public has an opinion on parklets, whether they’re for it or against it, it does absolutely no good to just post it on Facebook,” he said.
  • encouraging residents to watch the videos of the council meetings if they cannot attend.  The meeting videos are posted on the Community Media of South Central PA website.
  • reminding people to be patient at local restaurants given the difficulty they are having finding staff. “Every restaurant in Gettysburg is hiring,” he said.
  • emphasizing the importance (and legal requirement) of picking up dog waste. “Do your job; do your part,” he said.

Projects moving forward in the borough include:

  • The new welcome center on Baltimore St.
  • The 2022 Christmas Festival
  • A new app that will use GPS to allow people to locate tribute bricks on the square by name
  • Plans for America250PA
  • A proposal to make parklets a permanent part of downtown.
  • South St. reconstruction, expected to be completed by July 4.
  • The High St. gas line project.
  • A grant proposal requesting state funds to provide mobile security barriers for parade routes
  • New ways to save money on police officer hours and overtime

Featured image: Councilmember Judie Butterfield talks about recycling initiatives.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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  • Thank you Council member Chad-Alan Carr for encouraging public input to local government decisions. Contact info for Council are found ast
    https://www.gettysburgpa.gov/borough-council
    You can sign up for E-Alerts to get emails about police activity, streets, meeting agendas, etc. https://www.gettysburgpa.gov/subscribe
    If you watch the meeting videos on Community Media of South Central PA, you can even fast forward through the parts that may not be of interest to you.
    It’s important to express your opinion effectively. As Chad-Alan said, social media is not the way to accomplish that end.

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