The Elizabethtown Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a land development plan for the final phase of the Conoy Crossing housing development.
The developer is building an extension of Masonic Drive that makes it connect from Bainbridge Street to Route 743, locally known as Maytown Road. When complete, the extension of Masonic Drive will create an alternate route to a highly congested portion of South Market Street.
The approval means the project should be in progress shortly, developer Jacob Olweiler said after getting the approval.
“We need to find a builder who’s ready to sign the papers and we’re ready to push dirt,” Olweiler said.
In a special presentation, public works employees Tyler Clark, Travis Eppley, Mason Swartz, John Williams and Jeff Kinsey got the “Build a Better Mousetrap” award for their invention of a sign-pulling device. The award was presented by Lou Faretti, the Local Technical Assistance Program director at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Karen Atkinson, the LTAP manager at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
Although sign-pulling devices are sold commercially, Kinsey explained that the commercial devices cost about $5,000 and they built a device for $1,000. Also, Kinsey said the commercial devices need to be mounted permanently to a truck; the device made in-house attaches to a snow plow hitch, so it can be used on any truck with such a hitch.
In a split vote, councilors voted 3-1 to accept a Complete Streets Transportation Plan that provided several options for amenities including bicycle lanes when streets are repaved in the future. Council member Phil Clark was the only one to vote against accepting the plan; he acknowledged that the accepting the plan would not require the borough to use the options included in the plan, but said that could be misinterpreted in the future. Borough Manager Roni Ryan said accepting the plan was important for completion of a grant from the funding source, PA Walkworks.
In other business, Serena Wray of the architecture firm Beers & Hoffman gave a presentation on plans for a new public works building. She said the building will be 50 feet wide by 264 feet long and will have 14-foot by 14-foot garage doors. It should cost approximately $3.5 million excluding things like furniture and appliances, much of which can be brought over from the old garage in a former auto dealership building. The old public works garage is too small to store all the public works vehicles indoors, meaning the vehicles wear out more quickly than they would if kept in garages.