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Washington Township supervisors deny permit request from junkyard owner

January 07, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Washington Township, Pa., junkyard owner finds himself in a position similar to ones in the past as he is forced to clean up debris while not being permitted to operate his business.

The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday denied Bruce Neibert Jr.’s salvage yard permit for 2013, after reviewing his application. The supervisors had photographs showing items outside the designated boundaries of Neibert’s debris field.

The supervisors have denied Neibert’s permit previously for the same reason. He was cited in the past, and the township holds $5,000 of Neibert’s money in an escrow account designated for cleaning up the Pa. 316 South property if needed.

“Why are you turning in an application when you’re noncompliant?” Supervisor Stephen Kulla asked at the supervisors’ meeting.

Neibert was not in attendance.

“He can reapply when he’s in compliance,” Kulla said.

In other business, township officials discussed the replanting of trees at Antietam Meadow Park west of North Welty Road. The majority of immature trees at the park along the East Branch of the Antietam Creek died due to voles, deer and brush.

Now, the township is looking to plant up to 750 trees with a maintenance plan from Pennsylvania’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Township Manager Mike Christopher said. The trees, which are primarily planned to be sycamores, will come from donations and other programs, he said.

The supervisors re-selected Jeff Geesaman as their chairman and Kulla as their vice chairman for 2013.

The five-member board held a moment of silence for James Kirby, who served as a supervisor from 1986 to 2005. Kirby, who ran Kirby’s Hardware in Rouzerville, Pa., for decades, died Saturday.

It also shared well wishes for Main Street Waynesboro Inc. economic development director Patrick E. Fleagle, who was recently hospitalized with heart problems. Fleagle is a former state representative.

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