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Washington Township sets conditions on mulch permit approval

April 22, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A local mulch retailer in Washington Township will be able to expand his business, but not without many restrictions designed to protect his neighbors and the township.

The township Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Monday to grant James Petre a permit to add propane sales to his business J&R Mulch & More along Anthony Highway as long as he carries a $1 million insurance policy and complies with conditions recommended by the Township Planning Commission on April 14.

The decision requires Petre to limit his business hours to no later than 6 p.m. on weekdays, submit a land use plan within 90 days, use no more than 5 1/2 acres of his property for business use, widen the driveway to his business, screen his property with vegetation along the north border and refrain from open burning.

Petre did not comment at the meeting, but a few residents addressed the board again asking that it at least restrict his hours of operation.

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Township Solicitor John Lisko presented the board with three options for protecting the township and neighbors from harms that could result from Petre's business activities.

Lisko said the board could require Petre' indemnify the township from loss that could result from his business activies, carry the $1 million insurance policy or require neither.

Supervisor Stephen Kulla said requiring Petre to insure his business would have another set of watching the business.

"I would assume the insurance company would not give him a policy if Petre is not conducting his business properly," he said. "We have to ask if the insurance makes it safer by having another watch guard watchin over things."

The board voted to require the insurance so that in the event of being sued for losses at the property, it would be protected up to $1 million through the insurance policy.

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