Supervisor resigns in Washington Township

October 18, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - James Kirby, a Washington Township supervisor for 10 years, said in a letter Monday to his colleagues on the board that he is resigning effective Nov. 1.

The supervisors have 30 days after that to appoint a replacement or a county judge will appoint one, said John Lisko, township solicitor.

The last time they replaced a member who resigned, they asked interested candidates to submit applications. They were noncommittal Monday when asked if they would do so for Kirby's replacement.


Kirby was not present at Monday's supervisors' meeting. He could not be reached Monday night.

The supervisors acknowledged Kirby's letter, said his experience would be hard to replace on the board, but decided to table any action on the resignation until their next workshop meeting.

Most of the meeting was taken up with a public hearing on a rezoning request from Samuel and Audrey Martin who asked that their 120-acre farm be rezoned to residential and commercial use. They want 98 acres rezoned residential and 22 to commercial.

Former dairy farmers, the Martins raise chickens now and, since the 1980s, have operated an over-the-road trucking business, Audrey Martin told the supervisors.

Sam Martin was not at the meeting. The Martins were represented by attorney Donald Cornfield of Waynesboro.

One reason for the commercial rezoning request is because the Martin's trucking company is in violation of existing agricultural zoning regulations which limit the number of family-owned businesses to three employees.

Audrey Martin said the business runs with eight workers, including three family members. The Martins have eight trucks, she said.

The Washington Township Planning Commission did not recommend the rezoning. The Franklin County Planning Commission recommended the residential rezoning, but not the commercial rezoning.

The Martin property fronts on Gehr Road on the south side. The new Washington Township Boulevard will pass along part of the western border of the Martins' land, according to a map of the rezoning request.

The supervisors balked at rezoning such a large chunk for commercial use in an area to be surrounded by residential development.

They said they also opposed the commercial rezoning because, said Supervisor Stewart McCleaf, they don't want big trucks using the new bypass.

Kornfield, after conferring with Audrey Martin, withdrew the rezoning request. He said the family will submit a revised request, one the supervisors can accept.

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