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Conoy Township OKs School Plan

Conoy Township supervisors have approved the land development plan for the renovation of Bainbridge Elementary School, keeping the project on track for its planned completion by the summer of 2018.

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan at their meeting on Thursday, April 13. The approval was on the condition that details be worked out with the Bainbridge Water Authority, among other matters.

The vote came after Brent Detter, a senior project manager with the landscape architecture firm ELA Group, gave a presentation on the plan and supervisors questioned him about it. Supervisor Gina Mariani said she was concerned about the bus loop to be installed where a lawn exists now.

“You’re getting rid of the whole entire front yard of Bainbridge Elementary,” Mariani said.

Detter said that is to comply with a Pennsylvania Department of Education requirement that school buses load and unload off of public streets.

Also at the meeting, supervisors approved a new zoning ordinance. Steve Dellinger, a senior planner at Hanover Engineering, said the major change in it was the addition of a new conservation district in the area south of Turnpike Road and the floodplains along the Susquehanna River. The conservation district has similar uses as the agriculture district, but limits intensive agricultural operations.

In another matter, supervisors decided to give $6,000 to the Elizabethtown Public Library, the same amount they have given in most other recent years, despite the library’s request for an increase. Also, Supervisors Chairman Steve Mohr said the township Planning Commission had looked unfavorably on an application to put a Dollar General store on the east side of Route 441 near Walnut and Spruce streets because it would encourage people to cross the busy road in an area without sidewalks.


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