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By JENNIFER FITCH | | March 16, 2013
After five years of declining activity, Franklin County, Pa., experienced an uptick in the number of building permits issued in 2012 for new homes. Countywide, 217 permits were issued last year, compared to 179 in 2011, according to data from the Franklin County Planning Department. Still, homebuilders are cautious in their reaction to the increase. “It's been so bad for so long that they hate to get their hopes up,” said Tom Hanks, executive director of the Franklin County Builders Association.
March 13, 2013
Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Roland E. Ost Jr., 81, of 3885 Alfalfa Lane in Fayetteville, Pa., died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Washington Township, Pa. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Pa. The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, where full military honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, Pa.
March 12, 2013
A house fire was reported early Monday in the 12500 block of Pen Mar Road in Washington Township, Pa., according to a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher. The dispatcher said crews were called at 2:25 a.m. and worked to fight the fire for six hours. No injuries were reported. The fire started in the garage and spread to the house, the dispatcher said. The last fire unit was cleared shortly after 8 a.m. No other information was available Monday night.
By BILL KOHLER | | March 5, 2013
The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a public hearing to discuss a tax abatement program that officials hope will kick-start development in the township. The hearing to discuss a LERTA zone was set for Monday, March 18, at 8 p.m. It will follow the supervisors' regularly scheduled meeting at 7. Mike Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corp., will lead the discussion at the hearing. LERTA (Local Environmental Revitalization Tax Abatement)
By JENNIFER FITCH | | February 13, 2013
A state grant will allow the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors to purchase a baling machine for the municipal recycling center, which experienced financial losses last year largely due to repairs on the existing baler. The township recently received news that it has been awarded $205,754 from a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recycling development and implementation program. That grant will be used to purchase a new baler and related equipment, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.
By ROXANN MILLER | | February 8, 2013
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.
February 6, 2013
Washington Township, Pa., crews on Monday received authorization to clean up debris outside the designated boundaries of a junkyard on Pa. 316 South. The township supervisors voted Monday to fine junkyard owner Bruce Neibert $500 a day for violating the agreement under which refuse must be kept behind his treeline. They said township crews will clean up the area. The supervisors criticized him after looking at pictures that show items along his driveway. They already denied Neibert's 2013 permit application based on the same reasons.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | January 13, 2013
Washington Township, Pa., officials are refocusing on residents' needs as they endeavor to keep the municipal refuse transfer station and recycling center off Pa. 16 profitable. Unlike some facilities, Washington Township's is unable to do single-stream recycling, in which things like cardboard, cans and plastic bottles are thrown into the same bins. Municipal officials determined single-stream recycling would be too labor-intensive without pricey capital purchases. Because it doesn't do single-stream recycling, Washington Township is no longer taking in materials from IESI, Waste Management and other commercial haulers.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | January 7, 2013
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.
December 20, 2012
Retiring Blue Ridge (Pa.) Fire Chief Jim Meek was congratulated Monday by Washington Township, Pa., officials.
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