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Burning to clear land owned by by D.L. George & Sons

Corporation plans to develop 44.9 acres in the south end of town

March 22, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Burning trees and brush to clear land owned by D.L. George & Sons will make way for future development, Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said this week.

The borough council recently rezoned 44.9 acres in the south end of town from medium-density residential to industrial for GEOFAM, a corporation associated with D.L. George & Sons.

The site near Cemetery Avenue, Old Mill Road and Ninth Street has mature trees and brush. GEOFAM took ownership of the land when it purchased the adjacent former Landis Tool Co. complex in 2009.

“It’s going to be developed,” Hamberger said Wednesday. “It’s going to have quite a few jobs coming to town.”

Dave George toldThe Herald-MailJan. 9 that a few businesses have expressed interest in moving to that area, but there were not specific plans. He did not return a call Thursday.

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While open burning is prohibited in the borough, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis, Hamberger said. Burning has occurred in the past at Green Hill Cemetery and the municipal golf course, he said.

“Mr. George indicated they have their own water truck and will have that available,” Hamberger said.

Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin said he looked at the site and approves of a controlled burn.

“If we do have a problem, we can always stop it,” he said, noting the company will separate the area into small sections for burning.

The company needs to alert the neighboring property owners of its plans, Councilman Craig Newcomer said.

The burning can occur during daylight hours for no more than four days under the agreement, Hamberger said.

A permit will be issued by the fire department, he said.

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