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Antrim Township briefs

October 28, 2009

Board hires architect for park concession stand



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township Board of Supervisors will pay a Chambersburg, Pa., architect to design the concession stand at the Antrim Township Community Park.

Supervisor Sam Miller began pushing to alter plans for the concession stand months ago. Miller said the planned $200,000 cedar plank building was a waste of money that could be built more economically using cinder blocks.

Miller said he solicited quotes from area architectural firms for designing a 30-foot square building.

On Tuesday, the board unanimously voted to contact Centura Associates of Chambersburg, Pa., to design the project.

The firm quoted Miller $3,850 to design the building, he said.

Supervisor Rick Baer said the township park committee briefly discussed the change of plans.

Miller said previously that he believes the township could build the concession stand for less than half the estimated cost of the cedar structure.

Supervisor Fred Young III was absent.

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Park committee budget requests shared



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday entertained its park committee's budget requests for the 2010 calendar year.

Township Administrator Brad Graham said the committee listed four park projects that it would like to see funded in the coming year.

Graham said the committee asked the board of supervisors to budget for repairing drainage at Martin's Mill Bridge, adding a galvanized steel gate at the Antrim Township Community Park entrance, painting the barn at the community park and repairing the stone foundation of the barn.

Antrim Township budgeted $3,387,327 for park-related expenses in 2009.

More than $2,500,000 was funded through a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant.

None of the supervisors present Tuesday evening objected to the requests.

Graham said he would add the projects to the draft budget.

Supervisors discuss need for finance committee



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township could have a finance sub-committee in 2010, if the board of supervisors approves a request for financial oversight from staff.

Township Administrator Brad Graham raised the issue during the regular board meeting Tuesday.

Graham said he was hoping to add another level of internal oversight to staff.

His recommendation was for a two-person sub-committee of the board of supervisors.

This was not the first time the township considered a financial committee, Supervisor Sam Miller said.

"This has been brought up before," he said. "Everything is slow as is, why add another committee when we (the supervisors) are appointed to make financial decision?"

Miller said he was under the impression Graham sought citizens for the committee.

He suggested the board table the matter until its annual reorganization meeting in January. The board voted unanimously to push the matter into the new year.

Board Chairman Curtis Myers said the township needs to take a hard look at all of its committees and decide which are worth keeping and which have become "empty shells."

Supervisors Fred Young III was absent. Supervisor James Byers, who came to the meeting late, was not present for the discussion.

- Kate S. Alexander

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