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Borough OKs Analysis of Its Real Estate Holdings

The Elizabethtown Borough Council accepted a proposal from Tippetts Weaver Architects to analyze the real estate holdings of the borough and make recommendations for how best to use the buildings it owns and which can be sold.

The borough recently agreed to purchase a historic building at 56 N. Market St. in the central business district. The building dates to the 1700s and is one of the oldest buildings, if not the oldest, in town. The borough also owns the main borough office building and police station at 600 S. Hanover St, a house next to it at 620 S. Hanover St. used as a borough office annex and, an old public works garage at the intersection of South Hanover and Plum streets and land behind the Advance Auto Parts store at 800 S. Market St. where a new public works garage is to be built.

Borough Manager Roni Ryan said at the Borough Council work session on Thursday, March 1, that one possibility is that the borough office annex and old public works building will be sold so that those properties will be back on the tax rolls.

The borough had announced a request for proposals for analyzing the real estate holdings; some council members said they were familiar with work done previously by Lancaster-based Tippetts Weaver, including the restoration of the historic buildings now known as the Winters Heritage House Museum. The vote was unanimous among all members present; Councilor Bill Troutman was absent from the meeting.

In other business, Police Chief Ed Cunningham told Borough Council members about a service from a company called Lexipol that would ensure the policy manual is updated whenever needed. He said the company has a team of constitutional, law enforcement and labor law attorneys who keep up with changes in statutory and case law and make recommendations to police departments for policy updates when laws change. Council members took no action on the request, but noted that the cost would be substantial. Cunningham said in an interview after the meeting that the up-front cost would be about $10,000 and the continuing service would be about $10,000 a year. Council President Marc Hershey asked Cunningham, who took over as police chief at the beginning of the year, to come up with a list of priorities for all the things he wants to do that will cost money.

Also, all councilors present voted to approve the final land development plan for Elizabethtown College’s Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being, subject to several conditions including a requirement that a pedestrian path must be completed along Campus Road and that the college must comply with comments from an engineering firm hired by the borough.

In addition, a ceremony was held for the promotion of policeman Jesse J. Schlotzhauer to corporal; his fiancée, Maggi Lehn, held the Bible as he was sworn in and pinned his new badge on him.

“I’d like to thank my family, my family in blue, and my friends for being here tonight,” Schlotzhauer said, adding that he looks forward to serving the community in his new role.

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