Sewer Bills Rise in Gettysburg

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Gettysburg Borough Council member Chris Berger said the Gettysburg Municipal Authority (GMA) has authorized a 5 percent rate hike for the sewer portion of their billing beginning in 2022.  “It’s our policy longstanding to have alternate rate increases for water and sewer. We like to keep the hikes small and relatively more frequent instead of sudden huge jumps in rates,” said Berger. He said there were many capital projects underway at GMA and that they were going smoothly.

In other announcements,

The borough will join the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States semi-quincentennial (AMERICA250PA) to prepare for events in 2026. Gable said the event would focus on history in both PA and the U.S.

Mayor Frealing thanked the borough council and staff for their help getting started in her position. She also offered to meet with citizens and council members at any point. “My door’s always open,” she said.

Frealing said she had already met with each of the borough’s police officers. “A lot of them opened their heart to me,” she said. Frealing said she would soon be meeting with the National Park Service and with Sen. Casey’s office. 

Council member Patti Lawson said the Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital is full and that the hospital’s maternity ward had been closed. “Please wash your hands, wear your masks and get vaccinated if you can,” she said. “We need to exercise extreme caution.”

Board President Wes Heyser said smoke detectors were required and should be tied together, and that free smoke detectors are available from the borough.

The borough will hold a public hearing regarding its Trap, Neuter, and Release program for feral cats on Saturday Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Borough Office building. People wanting more information or interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend.

Larry Weikert is the new Gettysburg Fire Chief and the new Executive Director at the Adams Regional EMS is Brian Wheeler.

Unwanted Christmas trees can be left on the curb or alley or dropped off at the rec park or 457 East Middle St.

Work continues on the South Street project with garden walls and street lighting on the horizon.

The council voted to consider an application from Melissa Vayda for a zoning text amendment related to vacation rentals in the institutional district. Vayda wants to use the Rectory building on the Lutheran Seminary campus as a catering service and vacation rental.

The council was positive about the catering service but some members expressed reservations about allowing the vacation rental. Board members Chris Berger and John Lawver voted against accepting the application. The board will consider the application and potential zoning changes that might allow the project.

Borough Manger Charles Gable said revenue in 2021 was better than had been expected. Both parking and pillow tax revenues were up, and some income was on par with pre-pandemic levels.

The borough appointed:

  • Chad Alan Carr as liaison to the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority
  • Rodger Goodacre as a member of the Gettysburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a five (5) year term commencing in January 2022 and expiring in January 2027.
  • Timothy Good as a member of the Gettysburg Municipal Authority for a five (5) year term, commencing in January 2022 and expiring in January 2027. MSG will also be involved in the planning.
  • Rebecca Brown as an alternate member of the Gettysburg Borough Shade Tree Commission to complete the expired term of Richard Ezell expiring in October 2022
  • Michael Malewicki as a member of the Gettysburg Borough Storm Water Authority for a five (5 ) year term, commencing in January 2022 and expiring in January 2027.
  • Tammy Murdorf as a representative to the York Adams Tax Bureau (YATB) and to appoint Lisa Angstadt as an alternate representative to the York Adams Tax Bureau.
  • Tammy Murdorf as a voting delegate to the Adams County Tax Collection Committee (ACTCC) and to appoint Lisa Angstadt as an alternate voting delegate to the Adams County Tax Collection Committee.
  • Kierstan Demps as an alternate member of the Gettysburg Borough Planning Commission for a four (4) year term, commencing in January 2022 and expiring in January 2026.
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