Gettysburg borough will keep its outdoor Christmas displays up, probably until mid-February, at the request of the producers of “The Gettysburg Christmas Story,” which will be shooting in town beginning Wednesday.
The borough noted that the Trap, Neuter, and Release program for feral cats has been continued. Residents are encouraged to report cats that need to be neutered. For more information please contact the borough office or Forever Love Cat Rescue.
Christmas tree collection continues. Trees should be placed on the curb, not in the street, or can be taken to rec park or 457 E. Middle St. for recycling.
The borough said plans for the celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie “Gettysburg” this year are underway.
In other news:
The borough will apply for $420,000 and $900,000 grants for stormwater and sewer-related improvements.
The Police Dept. has received $126,000 from the PA Crime Commission which includes funds for officer retention.
The search for two new police officers is beginning. “We’re trying to get the pieces of the puzzle into place,” said Borough President Wes Heyser.
The borough has hired a new full-time parking department employee.
John D. Butterfield was appointed to the Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a 5 year term.
John D. Lawver, Jr. was appointed to the Storm Water Authority for a 5 year term.
Tammy Murdorf was appointed to the York Adams Tax Bureau and the Adams County Tax Collection Committee and Lisa Angstadt was appointed as an alternative to Murdorf on both committees.
Council Memer Matt Moon asked Mayor Frealing to pass on good words to Chief Glenny (who was not at the meeting) on the occasion of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Moon noted “the professionalism and dedication your department shows to keep our community safe.”
Main Street Gettysburg President Jill Sellers thanked the many volunteers who helped with town beutification and other projects in 2022. Sellers said 1,324 volunteer hours were contributed which had a worth to the borough of $39,653.
Sellers said last year’s Christmas Festival attracted over 7,500 attendees. “The reach is going exponentially,” she said. Statistics suggested people were frequently staying overnight and spending money.
The borough will make available a total of $50,000 for façade improvements, funded by a state grant.
GMA representative Chris Berger said GMA bills will increase 5 percent on the water side only this year, to keep up with costs and inflation.