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March 05, 2007

Fees weighed in township discussion



ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - Impact fees have again come into play in the continued development of Rouzerville Commons, with Wal-Mart seeking to lease a new retail fuel center.

"It was on the original plan," Township Manager Mike Christopher said during a workshop Wednesday. "They just didn't do it originally."

Township Solicitor John Lisko is arguing that transportation impact fees should be assessed on the new development, according to Christopher.

However, "we already concluded that any fee within that development was paid for up front," Christopher said.

He said Wal-Mart was going to own the fuel center but now plans to lease it.

A Sheetz is planned at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Washington Township Boulevard.

- Jennifer Fitch




Official: ATV bills appear dead in Legislature



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two bills in the state Senate that would have dealt with safety problems relating to all-terrain vehicles appear to be dead, Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel said Thursday.

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Jefferson County already has a law banning ATVs from roads, but police have trouble catching ATV riders who violate the laws, said Manuel, who monitors local issues in the Legislature.

Young ATV riders often try to elude police, and officers are sometimes reluctant to chase the riders for fear they might lead the ATV rider to be injured, Manuel said.

One of the two ATV bills that died in the Senate would have required a registration system for ATVs, Manuel said. Under the bill, a registration number would have had to be visible on an ATV, perhaps through the use of a decal, Manuel said.

That would make it easier for police to determine who owns an ATV if the rider eludes them, Manuel said.

The other ATV bill that died would have banned ATVs on all roads in the state, Manuel said. A previous law passed by the Legislature to control use of ATVs allowed some flexibility of riding the vehicles on roads, Manuel said.




Clerk to use first floor of old Jefferson Co. jail



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners last Thursday decided that the first floor of the renovated former Jefferson County Jail will be used by the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's Office.

There had been debate about whether the circuit clerk's office, which handles files for Jefferson County Circuit Court, or the Jefferson County clerk's office would use the first floor of the former jail at the intersection of George and Liberty streets.

One of the arguments for allowing the circuit clerk's office to be in the jail is that it would save circuit clerk's office workers from having to walk across George Street to handle duties in circuit court.

The renovated jail is behind Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan said all of the county's space needs will not be fully addressed until a 40,000-square-foot court annex is built behind the historic Jefferson County Courthouse along Washington Street.

"Nobody's going to get everything they want," Rusty Morgan said as the commission debated how the jail space will be used.

- Dave McMillion

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