York County Commissioners last week approved the allocation of Marcellus Shale funds to Windsor Borough.

The $150,000 in funds will be distributed evenly over a period of two years.

The money will go toward improvements in Fishing Creek, a waterway that runs through the borough, Windsor Township, Red Lion and Lower Windsor Township, said borough engineer John Runge.

In addition to improving the creek, there are multiple projects in place that would work to redevelop recreation in the area, he said.

Projects: Several municipalities use the borough's community park for men's and youth baseball, and the creek is next to the ballpark, Runge said. In improving the creek and the ballpark, the borough aims to create a more vibrant area for the community, he said.

Marcellus Shale funds can be used for recreation and conservation purposes, so Commissioner Doug Hoke said he approves of the beautification plans.

"This is exactly what the Marcellus Shale funds are for, so I think it's a good use of the money," he said.

Commissioners also approved the York County Parks department's submission of a $15,000 grant application to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Harrisburg. The county would match the grant, bringing the total grant amount to $30,000.

The Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape grant money would be used to enable visitors who come to Highpoint Scenic Vista & Recreation Area in Lower Windsor Township to access interpretive information through their smartphones.


No vote: And in a change of plans, there was no vote from the county's salary board on pay raises for six administrative employees of the York County District Attorney's Office.

With Commissioner Chris Reilly absent from Wednesday's meeting, District Attorney Tom Kearney requested to defer the vote until this Wednesday, said Kristy Bixler, executive director of human resources for the county.

The board last week voted 3-2 to pass pay increases ranging from 5 to 16 percent for 11 of the office's prosecutors.

Reilly, Kearney and county Controller Robb Green voted in favor of the increase; commissioners Steve Chronister and Hoke opposed. The commissioners said they supported the idea of increasing pay, just not as much as Kearney proposed.

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.