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Williamsport Town Council OKS land classification change for treatment facility

March 11, 2013|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Despite concerns about traffic associated with the project, Williamsport Town Council members Monday night gave final approval of a land classification change for a treatment facility on Lockwood Road where a private company is processing used oil and converting it to fuel.

Under a lease agreement with the county, Spirit Services has the capability to obtain the Nicodemous Treatment Facility on Lockwood Road, which is inside town limits.

Richard Grimm, the town’s zoning administrator, has said the property is zoned suburban residential and Spirit Services has asked for an employment center zone.

Oil recycling is not permitted in a suburban residential zone, Grimm has said.

Council members approved the zoning change on the condition that Spirit Services either creates a secondary road to access the Lockwood Road property or makes improvements to Lockwood Road.

Ed Kuczynski, Williamsport’s town attorney, said Monday night that Spirit Service’s ability to operate in the future depends on expanded road access to the facility.

“If they can’t do it, they don’t operate,” Kuczynski said.

Despite the conditions, town council member James Kalbfleisch said he is concerned about people who live around the plant and the possibility of a “raceway” to and from the plant.

“I’m a little leery,” Kalbfleisch said.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said he has faith in the town’s planning commission, which has reviewed the proposal.

Kuczynski said the town’s planning commission has a “finger on the pulse” of the community and members address issues that come up in the community.

Spirit Services also leases the county’s Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility at 16232 Elliott Parkway in Williamsport and uses that facility to processes prequalified nonhazardous wastewaters, including oily wastes, heavy metals, leachate and liquid domestic waste. That facility is outside town limits.

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