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Washington Township holds annual planning meeting

February 08, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Washington Township Board of Supervisors met with Pennsylvania state lawmakers and other local leaders Friday as part of its annual planning meeting.

Township Manager Michael Christopher said the all-day meeting, which was held in the Washington Township Municipal Building on Welty Road, sets the direction for the township in the coming year and opens up a dialogue with local leaders and legislators.

Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, and Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, were among those who addressed the meeting weighing in on a range of topics including the state budget, transportation and the implication of both on the township.

Congressman Bill Shuster was invited to the meeting, but canceled due to Friday’s icy road conditions.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Franklin County Conservation District and the township’s police department and public works’ department also attended the meeting.

Chairman of the Board, Jeffrey Geesaman said he was disappointed that Shuster was unable to attend the meeting.

“We wanted to get to know him and have him get to know us,” Geesaman said.

As chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Geesaman was eager to discuss the future of the Washington Township Boulevard with Shuster.

“We wanted to see what monies were available as far as grants that could hopefully go toward the boulevard,” Geesaman said.

The goal is to continue the boulevard from Old Forge Road to Pa. 316 as soon as possible, he said.

Even though money and funding are tight, Geesaman didn’t shy away from promoting the township’s transportation needs to any of the legislators Friday.

He posed the same question about the boulevard to Alloway.

“There are still possibilities out there. We just need to keep it before them,” Geesaman said.

Township residents will soon see progress on the stretch of road from Pa. 997 at the square in Waynesboro to the Nunnery, Geesaman said.

Also, work on Memorial Bridge is progressing.

“Design of the bridge, west of town, is moving forward,” Geesaman said.

He said work could begin on the bridge in the next year or two.

It was significant to have Rock, Alloway and representatives from PennDOT willing to come to the township and meet to discuss matters of importance to the township and its residents, Christopher said.

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