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Waynesboro council to require church to conduct traffic study

July 20, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | cjlovelace@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Borough Council voted 5-1 Wednesday night to require a local church to conduct a traffic study as part of its plans for a new facility.

The council approved Otterbein Church's plans for a  facility on Welty Road back in 2007, but the church since has decided to scale back those plans, prompting new action from the council.

The study will cost $9,500, said Councilman Ronnie Martin, who made the motion to impose the study on the church. Martin said the larger 800-seat, 545-parking-space facility needs to be examined much like any other development.

Councilman Craig Newcomer, who provided the lone "no" vote, disagreed with the idea of making the church pay for the study because it wouldn't have as many services as other commercial developments.

Martin said the church provides more than just Sunday services because it plans to build athletics fields and other community-use facilities.

"My point is this isn't one day a week," Martin said.

Rick Duesler, director of administration for Otterbein Church, said the study, if it was imposed or not, was just part of the stormwater management planning process.

"We have to do it and we'll move forward," Duesler said.

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