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Supervisors take first look at future of township facilities

April 12, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors hosted their contracted architect Wednesday for the first presentation about its facilities master plan, which could ultimately call for the board to buy new land and build for the future.

"It's a pre-preliminary draft and, I think, we're looking at a lot of raw data," Supervisor Carroll Sturm said.

Architectural firm Newcomer Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., has asked township administration, police, water and sewer officials, fire and rescue, public works, and district judge for what they perceive as staffing and space needs at both a five- and 15-year mark.

The supervisors and agencies are reviewing early findings, and a representative of Newcomer Associates said she would provide proposals for square footage at the May 2 meeting.

"We still want to treat each entity as a separate building," Ryan Bigham of Newcomer Associates said.

The architect and township supervisors will determine what services can be combined under one roof, he said.

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Thinking in terms of five and 15 years allows architects to consider building in phases, Bigham said.

Bigham and Jennifer Greenlee, also from Newcomer Associates, said the people they have contacted had proposals for five-year needs but haven't provided separate ones for the 15-year question.

"A lot of people we talked to feel that would hold up to the 15-year mark," Greenlee said.

The architect has also included the possibility of a senior center in its planning.

In other business, the township manager proposed forgoing a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and instead immediately contract with Yost Strodoski Mears of York, Pa., to design Antietam Meadow Park off North Welty Road.

The $14,200 contract would save time and a complicated bureaucratic process, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

"She's the one who did Pine Hill (Regional Recreation Area), and I think everyone's satisfied with that project," Christopher said.

The matter will be before the supervisors Monday for a vote.

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