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Supervisors appear close to deal with WAM Enterprises

November 02, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township moved one step closer Wednesday to settling its agreement with WAM Enterprises over the development of a 78-acre farm along Welty Road.

After an hour of negotiations between Washington Township Solicitor John Lisko and representatives of the Leymone, Pa., firm, both parties agreed on changes to their 2005 Roadway Agreement.

Lisko said the parties agreed on a few basic changes to the agreement, including waiving recreational fees and allowing the developer to delay building its section of Washington Township Boulevard.

Lisko said the original agreement required the developer to build its section of the road when it submitted final plans.

Representing WAM Enterprises, attorney David Martineau of Salzmann & Hughes LLC, said the developer was concerned about the township building their section of the boulevard first and completing it in time.

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"We do not want to build a road to nowhere," he said.

Supervisors were split over the agreement, with supervisor Christopher Firme saying he was not pleased. Others voiced concern for the project in general.

"I disagree with the total overall size of the project," supervisor John Gorman said. "But I have all along."

The original plan called for 151 single-family homes.

While the developer and solicitor Lisko negotiated the agreement on Wednesday, Firme said the board could still make significant changes or even reject the agreement.

"The option to rezone the land is still on the table," he said. He said if the board chose to do so, they could zone the land back to agricultural use only.

Washington Township manager Mike Christopher said the supervisors will vote on the negotiated agreement on Monday.

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