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Washington Township briefs

February 11, 2009

Supervisors want to get to know businesses



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Businesses, organizations and clubs are being sought to participate in the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors' first Outreach Day, which has been tentatively scheduled for June 12.

The supervisors said they want to visit entities to learn more about what they do and what their struggles are, especially in the weakened economy.

"I think the more we learn about our businesses, organizations and citizens, the better we can serve them," Supervisor Stephen Kulla said Wednesday.

To sign up, call 717-762-3128.

Recycling center profits to drop in 2009



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher warned the township supervisors on Wednesday that the recycling center will have diminished profits in 2009.

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The price paid for a pound of plastics decreased from 27 cents to 2 cents, Christopher said. Plastics yielded $78,000 for the township last year, he said.

Other materials like tin and cardboard also have taken a hit. Scrap metal is bringing in $10 a gross ton instead of $525, PA Township News reported in February.

The township recycled 3,871 tons in 2008.

In an effort to save money, Christopher said the number of available days for work has been decreased for recycling center employees.

Traffic study for Rite Aid project OK'd by PennDOT



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved the traffic impact study submitted for a Rite Aid Pharmacy project at the intersection of Pa. 16 and Midvale Road.

The project submitted by D. Curtis Mummert also would bring an F&M Bank and professional offices to the property that currently holds Mummert's Buchanan Auto Park.

PennDOT provided the Washington Township Supervisors with a copy of the letter in which the department formally accepted the traffic impact study. It instructed Mummert to submit the study when he applies for a highway occupancy permit, which is needed to provide access to the site from state roads.

Supervisors might buy announcement board



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In an effort to improve communication, the Washington Township Supervisors are considering buying a sign that would announce meeting dates and the major issue on their agendas.

Their preferred location for the sign is at the intersection of Welty Road and Pa. 16.

The supervisors asked Township Manager Mike Christopher to talk to the property owner about erecting a sign there. They also asked him to get quotes for the cost of a non-electronic sign.

"It doesn't have to be high tech," Supervisor Stephen Kulla said.

Pavilion rental policy to be reviewed



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The policy for renting pavilions in Washington Township is under review after a debacle earlier this year.

Pavilions become available to rent at 7 a.m. on the first business day of any given year. However, because of the number of people who would wait for the offices to open, the township (through the police department) distributes numbers on a first-come, first-served basis starting at midnight.

The demand for Red Run Park's large pavilion is incredible for Sunday afternoons in August, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

This year, a Greencastle, Pa., woman planning a family reunion received No. 3, but was confused by a man from the public who was trying to sign everyone up using his own calendar.

"We've been doing this (effectively) the 30 years I've been here. Unfortunately this lady got snookered," Christopher said.

Some of the township supervisors were surprised to learn about the process and demand. One commented that it seemed much like waiting for Bruce Springsteen concert tickets.

"I don't want people here at midnight," Supervisor Stephen Kulla said, questioning whether a random lottery system could be used instead.

Christopher said staff members are trying to determine if a better method exists.

- Jennifer Fitch

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