NEW WILMINGTON Forum will address off-campus housing

Council unanimously passed a measure prohibiting open burning in the borough.
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Three top Westminster College officials will answer questions at a "Good Neighbor Forum" scheduled in response to borough residents' complaints about students living in off-campus housing.
The event is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Memorial Field House hospitality room.
Westminster President R. Thomas Williamson, Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Neal Edman and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Molly Burnett will answer questions. The public is invited.
Borough council member George Shaffer, who chairs the borough zoning committee, announced the meeting when borough council met Monday night. Shaffer, who will also attend, had requested it after receiving repeated complaints about loud parties and poorly maintained properties.
Burning resolution: In other business, council unanimously agreed to pass a resolution banning all burning in the borough, which means burning permits will no longer be issued. The ordinance was necessary in order to qualify the borough for a state grant for a leaf disposal machine.
Officials said that although burning permits have been granted until now for disposal of large amounts of brush in hardship cases, they have often generated complaints from neighbors. The ordinance will not prohibit barbecues or hot dog roasts.
Council also authorized paying Slippery Rock architect Brett Ligo $2,950 to prepare an estimate and drawings of a new pavilion for the borough park.
They also set sanitary sewer inspections at $35 and sewer tap-in fees at $816 for new construction.
Budget on view: Council agreed to advertise that a draft of the 2002 budget will be available for inspection at the borough building before adoption next month at a special meeting, which will be announced. Council member Kenneth Romig, who chairs the finance committee, said next year's budget will not vary significantly from the current one.
Council President Larry Wagner announced that the borough has received $486 restitution from former borough police officer Timothy Chambers, who was recently convicted of stealing petty cash from borough offices.

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