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Conoy Delays Action on Dog Adoption Center Over Water Concerns

Conoy Township supervisors delayed action on waivers sought by a group that plans to build a dog adoption center after hearing concerns from a neighbor about his drinking water.

Almost Home Dog Adoption wants to build a 24,600-square-foot building with 62 parking spaces on a 12-acre lot at the intersection of River Road and Prescott Road.

Neighbor Steve Prescott told township supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, that his well has been in use since 2010. He said it is 400 feet from the well drilled by Almost Home and he never had problems with muddy water until Almost Home’s well was running for 12 hours as a test. When that happened, he ended up with brown water that took at least a day and a half to clear.

“I don’t think it’s coincidental that for the first time we’ve had any turbidity in the water was the day that it happened,” Prescott said.

Stacey Morgan Brubaker, a lawyer representing Almost Home, said nobody has been able to show what caused the problem, but an engineering firm and a hydrologist said there was no reason to believe Almost Home’s well was responsible. She said she believed the problem would not return.

Prescott said if his water gets cloudy for unexplained reasons, he wants a written guarantee that Almost Home will fix the problem; he said he should not be responsible for proving that Almost Home caused it. Supervisors voted unanimously to defer action until December to give Prescott and Almost Home time to come up with a mutually acceptable agreement.

In other business, supervisors delayed action on a proposed ordinance regulating cats because supervisors said they needed time to read their solicitor’s draft before deciding whether to advertise it. Also, supervisors agreed to pay $800 more a year to the Bainbridge Water Authority because of eight new fire hydrants in the Townsedge development at the north end of Bainbridge. Supervisors decided in October to accept dedication of the streets in that development, meaning the township is responsible for maintaining them, not the developer.

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