Washington Township to expand municipal building

August 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township Supervisors have decided to add nearly 1,000 square feet to the municipal offices on South Welty Road, although the township manager said the possibility exists that administrative functions could one day move to where the police department is now.

Anchor Modular Building, a New Jersey company that provided the existing modular offices, was the only bidder for the project. The $67,000 addition on the northwest corner of the offices will be dedicated to the code enforcement and zoning department.

Manager Mike Christopher told supervisors that if the Washington Township Police Department joins with others to form a regional force, the police offices would be vacated on the land they now share with the tax collector, administration offices and public works garages.

"By doing that, it might make that an obsolete building in a few years," Christopher said.

Supervisor Stephen Kulla initially questioned the need for the addition, but ultimately joined Chris Firme, Elaine Gladhill and Carroll Sturm in the 4-0 vote in favor of the project.


"There's a difference between necessity and convenience," Kulla said early in the discussion.

Kulla later said that Christopher's points changed his mind. The township manager said staffers are working on top of each other, and additional room will be needed when a new employee is training during the transition period associated with the pending retirement of Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Zeigler.

Zeigler and his colleague, Matt Watson, cannot individually hold meetings with visitors because of space constraints, Christopher said.

"It's just not a professional atmosphere," he said.

The property is adjacent to Renfrew Park.

The township has $345,000 in its 2008 budget for capital expenses including buildings, equipment and paving.

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