The Elizabethtown Borough Council has unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a planned day care center.
The child care center, called Play 2 Learn, is planned for 40 S. Brown St., a building in a mixed use zone that is between a warehouse and a pedestrian-bicycle path. The Borough Council voted to approve the permit at its meeting on Thursday, July 20.
Chantel Zimmerman, who said she has 10 years of experience working in child care, is to run the child care operations. Tyler Jones, who said he has a business background, is to handle the business aspects. They gave a presentation in which they said they would have up to 39 preschool children cared for by no more than nine employees, but the number of employees would depend on the ages of the children attending. Children could range in age from 6 weeks to just before starting kindergarten, Zimmerman said.
In their initial presentation, Jones and Zimmerman said they planned to have a chain-link fence around the outdoor play area; the borough required that it be a privacy fence that blocks people from looking through it.
In other business, councilors approved advertisement of a plan to reduce pollution into tributaries of the Susquehanna River. The borough must do this to comply with a mandate from the state Department of Environmental Protection that is part of a federal plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, which the Susquehanna River feeds into.
Projects for reducing sediment in the water include reducing the paved area of the parking lot at the intersection of Mechanics Alley and Cherry Alley without reducing the number of parking spaces, a retention basin by the new public works building behind the Santander Bank building on South Market Street and a restoration of the banks of the Conoy Creek.
Although the mandate is for reducing sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen, the state Department of Environmental Protection is focusing on sediment, engineer Jennifer Prunoske of Hanover Engineering said.
“If you can meet the sediment reduction, everything else is presumed to be falling into line,” Prunoske said.
Once the plan is advertised, there is a period of public comment before it can be put into place.
Also, Council President Marc Hershey said he was concerned about approving a $16,520 change order for electrical work on the project to replace the amphitheater in Community Park. Council members voted to delay action on the change order until they could get more information on it, noting that they can approve it in their work session scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 3.