Tri-State Briefs

July 03, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

Serious crimes down in township in 2007

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Serious crimes like assault and burglary are down in Washington Township, Pa., the police chief reported Monday.

So-called "part one" crimes (the classification for murder, rape, arson and motor vehicle theft) totaled 217 from Jan. 1 to May 31, Chief Barry Keller said. There were 245 in 2006 during the same period, he said.

However, serious vehicle accidents are on the rise.

"Our injuries are more than double what they were last year," Keller said.

His report showed 61 injury accidents from January to May, versus 26 in that time last year.

Town house project wins final approval

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A phased development with 184 town houses, a clubhouse and a pool won final approval from the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday.

North End Developers LLC's Farmspring Estates on Washington Township Boulevard, near Gehr and Stottlemyer roads, has pedestrian walkways.


The development sparked some debate among township officials on how pedestrians will be able to cross Washington Township Boulevard. Suggestions were made for crosswalks and stop signs, but Township Manager Mike Christopher said he didn't want to create a false sense of security if motorists ignored them.

"We'll have to do some studies and determine what the best answer is," he said.

Supervisors say structure a nuisance

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors declared Monday that a dilapidated structure at 11901 Pen Mar Road is a nuisance.

Property owners E. Richard and Peggy J. Hurd will receive a certified letter telling them that they have a month to submit a plan to repair or demolish the structure.

No electric or utilities are operational at the building, but fire and safety concerns exist because someone could enter the structure, Blue Ridge Fire Chief Jim Meek wrote in a letter to the supervisors. Brush fires also are a risk, he wrote.

Neighbors "would be exposed to a heightened fire hazard due to the condition of the structure," he wrote.

A code inspector, in a separate letter, reported seeing potential structural failure from the road.

PennDOT asked to study speed limits

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A letter from the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors will ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to re-evaluate the speed limits posted on Pa. 16 from the Borough of Waynesboro line east to the Adams County, Pa., line.

The broader request developed out of one from a resident concerning signs near Hooverville Elementary School, which is in a busy stretch of the township west of Rouzerville, Pa.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said it would be appropriate "to evaluate whether, in today's times and today's traffic, speed limits (established) 20 years ago are still appropriate."

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Approximately 15 percent of the nearly 1,000 surveys sent to Waynesboro-area residents have been returned, Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher said Monday.

The surveys about shopping preferences, use of the downtown, perceived police needs and possible expansion of parks were sent in late June through a joint comprehensive planning process between the Borough of Waynesboro and Washington Township.

Township and borough officials have asked that every survey recipient return the forms. The recipients were chosen randomly from a database.

WAYNE HEIGHTS, Pa. - Through his attorney, the owner of the Wayne Heights Mall recently denied a Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors request to prohibit left turns when exiting the mall by M&T Bank.

In a letter, Baltimore attorney Richard Butchok said limiting turns would be "economically harmful to all businesses."

"It would disrupt the flow of traffic and, we believe, would decrease the business in the mall at a time when that is the last thing we need," he wrote.

Wayne Heights LLC of New Hyde Park, N.Y., the owner of the mall, would cooperate with signs and signals that could make turning easier, Butchok wrote.

He did indicate the supervisors could talk to M&T Bank about the matter, since it is responsible for that property.

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