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Sewer, road improvements set for Greencastle

January 15, 1998

Sewer, road improvements set for Greencastle

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent Duff Rearick, facing student population growth of 4 percent to 5 percent a year, is keeping a wary eye on school building space in his four schools.

Perhaps Rearick should talk to Teresa Schnoor, the Antrim Township administrator who's in charge of the township's sewer system.

A project that will take most of Schnoor's attention in 1998 is the $3 million upgrade to the township's sewage treatment plant on Worleytown Road. The work will raise the plant's capacity from 700,000 gallons per day to more than 1.2 million.

More significantly, it will allow the township to move forward with more residential and commercial growth, which could add to Rearick's classroom space woes.

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"It's starting to become an issue. So far we've been able to dodge the bullet, but we are monitoring our space," Rearick said.

Schnoor said the treatment plant project will correct a lingering problem of organic overload - the raw sewage that is sent through the system for treatment.

The system can handle the flow of water, but it has had problems effectively treating the organic material. The system has violated standards in the past, but those problems have been corrected, Schnoor said.

The system serves 2,400 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Schnoor said in 1997, it was anticipated that eight new customers would be hooked up each month to the system, but that number was not met. That will change when the work on the upgrade is complete later this year.

"This will take care of our residential development needs for the next 15 years," Schnoor said.

Agrowing trend

Schnoor said Greencastle and Antrim Township are "a target on the map" for developers because of Interstate 81, which runs north and south past the communities.

She said Antrim Township took steps to control and channel growth with its zoning map.

The township designates 24 percent of its land to the preservation of agriculture. A mix of agriculture and residential takes up another 37 percent and there is 29 percent for high- and low-density residential development, she said. The rest is dedicated to commercial, highway commercial and industrial growth.

"We have a good mix when you look at economic development," she said.

Schnoor shares duties with Ben Thomas, the township's other full-time administrator. Her responsibilities include economic development, the landfill, sewer system and intergovernmental relations.

Thomas is in charge of roads, police and personnel.

Road improvements

Thomas said there are more than 102 miles of road in Antrim Township. Some of those roads will be improved this year.

Among the projects is a 1.5-mile stretch of Pensinger Road off U.S. 11 South. The $200,000 project will widen the road, smooth out some hills and correct storm water drainage problems, Thomas said.

Ryan Lane will be resurfaced and storm drains fixed and other roads in the township will be resurfaced, he said.

The township is removing five in-ground gasoline, diesel and fuel oil tanks at government facilities and replacing them with above-ground containers to meet new federal standards, Thomas said. That project includes running a new natural gas line to the municipal building on Antrim Church Road.

Last year, the township approved preliminary plans for a new shopping center proposed by Greencastle Limited Partnership, Schnoor said. The facility is planned for land running east from the McDonald's restaurant on Pa. 16. The tract is bounded by Antrim Church Road on the east and Grindstone Hill Road on the West.

Education foundation

Rearick said he hopes to have the Greencastle-Antrim School District's first education foundation in place by the end of the current school year in June.

The foundation membership consists of school leaders, including Rearick, and community leaders, including accountants, bankers and attorneys. The foundation will have an Internal Revenue tax number to funnel donations to the schools and provide donors with tax write-offs.

Old Home Week

As for fun in 1998, plans are in the works in Greencastle for Old Home Week, the traditional week-long celebration the community has held every three years since the turn of the century.

Greencastle Mayor Frank Mowen, chairman for this year's event scheduled for Aug. 1-9, said no major changes are planned for the 1998 edition.

"There's nothing broken, so there's no need to fix it," Mowen said.

Mowen wants to add one new feature this year - a coffee klatch at which older people can sit around and relate their recollections about Greencastle.

"They can spin yarns and we can put them on tape," he said.

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