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ATV request denied

The Antrim Township, Pa., resident who made the request did not apear at the planning commission meeting.

The Antrim Township, Pa., resident who made the request did not apear at the planning commission meeting.

October 09, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A request by the owner of a Coseytown, Pa.-area ATV repair and accessory shop to rezone his land for an ATV trail and park was denied this week by the Antrim Township Planning Commission, a commission member said Tuesday.

Commissioner Joel Winger said the request, from Lester Horst, owner of Horst Cycle at 4495 Coseytown Road, was turned down because neither Horst nor his representative were present at Monday's planning commission meeting.

"We thought it was in the best interest of the community to leave it as it was," Winger said.

Horst could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Horst's plan to convert 45 acres of his property into an ATV park, funded in part by a $706,000 grant package from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Community Center.

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The Antrim Township Supervisors, which have the final say on Horst's project, called the meeting.

About 150 of Horst's neighbors have signed a petition opposing the project, said John Blair, a Coseytown Road resident and a leader of a citizens group opposing the project.

The group calls itself Area Citizens Against the Park, or ACAP, Blair said.

He said another 80 residents in neighboring Montgomery Township have joined the petition effort opposing the park.

According to DCNR officials at the time the project was announced, grants like the one offered to Horst are being made available in eight other counties to beef up ATV and snowmobiling trails across the state.

Pennsylvania changed its laws governing ATVs in June. The DCNR can now award grants to municipalities and for-profit and nonprofit entities to develop ATV trails on county, municipal and private lands.

Previously, the law limited the funds to state-owned land. The grants will fund up to 80 percent of any project, state officials have said.

The nearest state-owned ATV trails in Franklin County are in the 88,000-acre Michaux State Forest, which spans parts of Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties.

The citizens group hired Chambersburg, Pa., attorney G. Bryan Salzmann to represent it before the supervisors, Blair said.

"We're gearing up for the Oct. 15 meeting," he said.

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