Manheim council reviews police, office plan
BY ROCHELLE A. SHENK, Correspondent
Manheim's police department and borough offices are expected to move to a new location on Market Square by summer 2014.
John Eshelman, a member of council and the public works committee, reported to council on Feb. 26 that the committee met recently with Interior Space Planning Group and DeVitry Architects to finalize plans to transform the 7,500-square foot former day-care center at 45 Market Square into a police headquarters and borough office.
He said that DeVitry Architects will attend the council meeting on March 12 or March 26 to present plans for the building for council's approval.
"Once a plan is approved, we're looking at 14 months until occupancy," he said.
Council president Bonnie Martin said that the building should include a council chamber.
However, plans are being made to hold council meetings in space offered for free by the Manheim Farm Show Committee.
The Farm Show committee is building an exhibition center at the Farm Show complex off Adele Avenue. Completion is expected in October.
Eshelman said, "We're trying to use the existing space (at Market Square) to its highest potential. If we have council chambers there, our meetings will take up valuable parking space on the Square. The Farm Show committee has offered use of their building free of charge, and there's plenty of parking there."
With regard to the existing borough office building at 15 E. High St. and the adjacent police headquarters at 4 S. Wolf St., Eshelman said the borough cannot afford to maintain two buildings.
"We've considered renting the borough office building, but parking is an issue. There is a lot behind the building that's shared by several other property owners, but it doesn't have a lot of spaces," he said.
The borough has a lease with the Manheim Community Library.
Eshelman said, "We would consider the library before making any final recommendations to council."
Council also met District Judge Scott Albert, who will be serving as district judge for the borough beginning on May 1.
Albert, a Mount Joy attorney, has served as a district judge since January 2012.
The borough and Rapho Township will become part of Albert's district based on a realignment approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court eliminated the magisterial court that had served Manheim Borough and Rapho and Penn townships
Albert said that his office, at 424 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, may need to expand because off the increased caseload.
"I now cover from the Lebanon County line to the Susquehanna River, so I'd like to have an office that's more centrally located," he said.
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