Washington Township briefs

March 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

Township departments cutting budgets

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Department budgets in Washington Township, Pa., are being cut to help the municipality fare better in the recession.

The public works budget has been cut 19 percent and the refuse station by 9 percent to 20 percent, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

"No one's been laid off. We just cut overtime hours," Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

"We'll be looking at other departments in the near future," Christopher said.

Further information will be presented at the April 6 meeting, when the supervisors need to decide whether to proceed with a COPS grant. The three-year federal grant would be used to keep the current staffing level of the police department, Christopher said.

"It would allow us to maintain our complement in these recessionary times," he said.

Police Chief Barry Keller said the department has 16 full-time officers, including himself.

Land-development plans approved

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday approved several land-development plans, including one that would create office space at 2100 E. Main St.


That plan from Realtor and developer Ronnie Martin will allow him to raze the old Varner's Garage and build a new structure.

Also, Frank's Pizza in Zullinger, Pa., will be permitted to add restaurant space.

Developer Tom Mongold received final land-development approval for four lots off Pennersville Road in a development that will be known as Blue Oak. The supervisors previously bought some of the land to add onto Happel's Meadow Wetland Preserve.

"He kept four lots and sold us the rest for wetlands," Supervisor Carroll Sturm said.

Relay granted outdoor amusement license

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- An outdoor amusement license has been granted for the American Odyssey Relay.

The race scheduled for April 24 and 25 will cut through Washington Township, Pa., not far from the start of the 200-mile course. The township supervisors approved the license on Monday.

Main St. trees get a look

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro borough engineer and a representative of the shade tree commission met Monday to identify mature trees that need to be removed during upcoming construction on Main Street.

Two will be taken off Center Square when crews arrive to reconfigure the square's layout. Two more will be removed between Potomac and Grant streets, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

"We mostly want to concentrate on the square," he said.

Younger trees might be moved as existing sidewalks are replaced with brick pavers in coming months.

"The trees are being trimmed so that the foliage ... is higher than the light posts," Grubbs said.

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