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Elizabethtown Borough OKs Partnership With College to Get State Grant

The Elizabeththown Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a partnership with Elizabethtown College to get a $1 million state grant for campus improvements related to fitness and well-being programs.

The grant is from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Under the program, the borough must apply for the money, which would be used for various improvements including pedestrian pathways on campus and reconstruction of the tennis courts.

An application for the program must be submitted by March 11; after that, there is a six-month window to get things under way.

“My guess is, within about a year, we should have this all done,” said Robert Wallett, the college’s vice president for administration and finance.

In other business, councilors voted unanimously to approve a final land development plan for Conoy Crossing Phase III.

The housing development includes an extension of Masonic Drive that when complete will connect it to Maytown Road. Masonic Drive runs roughly parallel to heavily congested Market Street; when Masonic Drive connects to Maytown Road, it will provide an alternate route for traffic. Todd E. Smeigh, an engineer with D.C. Gohn Associates, said the newest revisions to the plan make no design changes to the road or to stormwater management; there is one less housing unit in the residential development plan.

Also at the meeting, Council President Marc Hershey said negotiations for an extension of the agreement for a regional recreation authority will continue. The agreement between Elizabethtown Borough, Mount Joy Township, West Donegal Township and the Elizabethtown Area School District for Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services expires on Dec. 31.

“The borough remains fully committed to supporting GEARS,” Hershey said.

Hershey said two elected officials from each municipality and the school district will meet privately to negotiate; with no quorum, they are not required to meet in public. After that, the boards will meet publicly to vote on whether to approve the proposed agreement.

Councilors Neil Ketchum and Phil Clark will most likely be the borough’s representatives when negotiating privately, Hershey said.

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