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May 6, 2013
Flashing lights will be installed at the intersection of Pa. 997 and Tomstown Road in an effort to improve safety there. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will install two 30 mph signs and flashing lights, according to Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher. Under an agreement with PennDOT, the township will pay for the sign's electricity and handle maintenance, Christopher said. The installation will occur this year, Christopher said. Accidents frequently occur at the intersection, he said.
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NEWS
May 3, 2013
William Max McLaughlin VFW Post 695 of Waynesboro recently contributed $10,000 to a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial being developed in Washington Township, Pa. It was the largest single donation to date toward the project.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors got their first look at a draft ordinance to consider allowing backyard chickens in residential zones including R1, R3 and forest conservation. Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said chickens currently are prohibited in residential zones under local zoning laws in Washington Township, but are permitted in the neighboring Borough of Waynesboro. On Wednesday, township planner Clint Rock presented the draft ordinance to Gladhill and fellow supervisors Jeff Geesaman, Stephen Kulla and William Conrad.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
A dog died in a Tuesday afternoon house fire at 8778 Stottlemyer Road in Washington Township, Pa. One dog was found alive in the fenced area behind the house, while another was found dead in the home, Waynesboro Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dale said at the scene. No one was home when the 3:45 p.m. fire started, and a neighbor called 911 to report seeing smoke, Dale said. Firefighters shut down Stottlemyer Road as they took hoses into the brick house. Washington Township police were investigating the cause of the fire.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Township police to take part in take-back day BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Police Department will be joining a host of other law enforcement agencies in participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday. Washington Township police will be accepting expired, unused or unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Ride Fire Hall at 13063 Monterey Lane in Blue Ridge Summit. A complete list of Franklin County and Eastern Panhandle agencies hosting similar events was published in Wednesday's paper.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are considering changing their regulations and allowing backyard chickens in a residential zone after some residents squawked about the birds being prohibited. Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said she plans to meet Saturday with proponents of allowing backyard chickens in R1 (low-density residential) zones. “I think maybe it's something we should look at with conditions,” Gladhill said at Wednesday's supervisors meeting. Chickens currently are prohibited in residential zones under local zoning laws.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Police Department was investigating the cause of a Wednesday afternoon fire in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Firefighters from Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland contained the fire at 12227 Clermont Road to the attic, where it started. Blue Ridge (Pa.) Fire Chief Steve Moffat said the first firefighters on the scene saw smoke coming from the eaves and had trouble finding access to the attic over the two-story stone house.
NEWS
April 1, 2013
New tax abatement program approved by Pa. township WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A new tax abatement program for select commercial and industrial properties received approval from the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday. The supervisors adopted a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program and a list of eligible properties. Over the next seven years, owners of properties on the list can apply for LERTA benefits if they make improvements to the properties.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
A committee tasked with reviewing the traffic impact fees on select new development in Washington Township, Pa., has recommended those fees be lowered. The committee, largely composed of real estate professionals, has recommended the impact fee be reduced to an amount between $2,486 and $2,714, saying the Washington Township Supervisors can use their discretion when setting the amount. The impact fees are assessed on each “traffic unit” created by new development within specific geographic zones.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
Some properties nixed for a tax abatement program in the Waynesboro area received a reprieve Wednesday as the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors took steps to restore their eligibility. The supervisors have been developing a list of properties eligible for benefits in a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program. On March 18, they had whittled down the list, but started to restore it Wednesday. Properties such as Buchanan Lube Center, Red Run Grill and Blondie's restaurant and bar were added back onto the list.
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