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Township looks to acquire farm land for relief route

September 08, 2005|by DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township is close to closing a deal on the acquisition of land needed for a section of its proposed relief route north of Pa. 16.

Following an executive session Wednesday night, the Board of Supervisors authorized attorney John Lisko to proceed with a roadway land acquisition agreement to purchase a strip of land across the Shank Farm, which is owned by Barry Pifer, according to Township Manager Michael Christopher.

The board also authorized Lisko to begin negotiations for a similar agreement with the owner of a farm belonging to George Mason on the east side of the Shank Farm.

The proposed agreement involves the township purchasing approximately 51/2 acres of land that will cover more than 1,000 linear feet of the relief route, Christopher said.

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Supervisor Arthur Cordell said he could not divulge the terms of the proposed agreement pending negotiations with Mason. Both properties are west of Rouzerville Commons, the shopping center where a Wal-Mart and Lowe's Home Improvement Center are being built.

Christopher said the relief route from Rouzerville (Pa.) west to the Zullinger, Pa., area will be about seven miles long when completed. He said about 60 percent of the land necessary for the route between Pa. 997 and Rouzerville has been acquired by the township.

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