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Washington Township briefs

May 07, 2008

Residents say bushes make intersection dangerous

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bushes limiting the line of sight at the intersection of Upper Edgemont and Old Pen Mar roads must be trimmed to avoid an accident, according to neighbors of the intersection.

A half-dozen property owners went to the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors this week to ask them to do something about the shrubbery.

"Coming around the corner, it's hard to see if anyone is there," said Derek Owens, who lives on Red Victoria Court.

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The residents praised the township for already extending a stop line, but said more has to be done. They mentioned using eminent domain as a way to take control of the bush growth.

"I'd like to work with people as much as possible. I wouldn't consider that at this point," Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

Solicitor John Lisko said that negotiating a right-of-way agreement with the property owner probably would be the best option.

In the meantime, the supervisors also are considering an ordinance that would give them control over foliage at intersections, Supervisor Carroll Sturm said.

Supervisors ask for input on cell phone tower ordinance

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Public input is being sought as the Washington Township Supervisors develop a local law that would determine where cell phone towers can be erected in the future.

The supervisors are considering provisions that would allow wireless companies to mask towers by putting them on existing structures.

Public comment can be submitted in writing or given verbally at a 7 p.m. meeting June 2 in the township meeting room.

More information about the new ordinance can be found at www.washtwp-franklin.org.

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