Washington Township briefs

May 13, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

Zoning Board to meet to hear testimony on day care center request

ZULLINGER, Pa. -- The Washington Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet May 24 to hear testimony and decide on a Zullinger woman's request to have a day care center in her town house.

Jennifer Albright, who lives on Zana Court, wrote the Washington Township Supervisors on March 17 saying she wants to open a day care but was told it was not permitted in R-2, medium density residential zones.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said Albright initially asked that day care be added as a permitted use in R-2.

Her case before the quasi-judicial hearing board this month is an appeal of the township's May 4 denial of variance for conditional use for day care based on it not being permitted in the R-2 zone.

Albright submitted a request for conditional use under the section of the township code that states day care centers serve "the educational needs of the community," according to the application she filed on May 3.


Supervisors debated Wednesday making testimony on the board's behalf at the May 24 hearing, but because they did not unanimously agree on Albright's request, they chose to not testify.

If denied a variance, Albright can appeal the hearing board's decision to Franklin County Court, Christopher said.

Grant received for boulevard bridge

ZULLINGER, Pa. -- A $500,000 grant from the state will help to repay funds expended on the Washington Township Boulevard Bridge.

Washington Township Supervisors will decided Monday which township funds they will replenish with the grant.

Supervisors used money from various township accounts to finance the bridge, which the grant from Pa. Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, was earmarked to help fund.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said the goal is to move the money into township accounts where it can grow interest into township coffers.

On Wednesday, the board of supervisors debated which funds to replenish with the grant.

Discussion included depositing part of the grant into the liquid fuels fund as well as the Washington Township Boulevard fund.

Supervisor Stephen Kulla suggested possibly using the money to build a portion of the boulevard.

Frantz resigns from WTMA position

ZULLINGER, Pa. -- The Washington Township Board of Supervisors is looking for a new member of the Washington Township Municipal Authority (WTMA).

Authority Member Lori Frantz resigned this month due to family obligations, leaving a vacancy on the 5-member board.

Supervisors said Wednesday that they hope to have the position filled by June 7.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said applications for the position are available on the township web site.

Completed applications are due by May 28 and the board has scheduled interviews for candidates on June 1 at 7 p.m., he said.

The WTMA owns, operates and finances water and sewer service in the township.

It meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the WTMA office building on Buchanan Trail East across from AC&T.

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