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Elizabethtown Borough Approves College Construction Plans

The Elizabethtown Borough Council approved a land development plan for an addition of more than 10,000 square feet to Esbenshade Hall at Elizabethtown College for a new physician assistant program.

Borough Manager Roni Ryan asked councilors at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, to include the condition that the college provide evidence of adequate water and sewer capacity. She said she was concerned that if the college’s declining undergraduate enrollment rebounds that capacity might not be adequate. Council included that condition in the approval. The motion got unanimous support from all members present; Council Vice President J. Neil Ketchum was absent.

In another matter, councilors approved several change orders for the new public works garage building. Ryan said the total cost of the project has risen to about $3.9 million, up from about $3.7 million in the original contract.

Councilors also approved the hiring of Jack Lachance as a probationary police officer effective Dec. 30; he is to replace an officer who retired. Lachance had completed an internship with the police department in the summer of 2018; he is not starting until Dec. 30 because he is still completing his studies at the police academy.

“I would be proud to have him as part of the department,” Police Chief Ed Cunningham said of Lachance.

Council approved an application from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church to hold a fireworks display on Dec. 31. All members present voted to approve the application except for Councilor Phillip P. Clark; he abstained because he is a church employee and the one who applied for the permit. Clark said the fireworks will be at 7 p.m. Eastern time, which has been customary for years in Elizabethtown; that time is midnight in Elizabethtown’s sister city of Letterkenny, Ireland.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of Esbenshade Hall.

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