In a 3-to-1 vote, Conoy Township supervisors approved the use of holding tanks for waste water disposal for a planned dog adoption center.
A group called Almost Home Dog Adoption wants to build an adoption center on a 17-acre plot of land along Route 441 just south of Scuba Drive. The land, which is zoned agricultural, is currently being farmed. The plan is for an adoption center that would have about 31 employees, of whom about 14 would be full-time.
Supervisor Gina R. Mariani said she loves dogs but voted against the motion after expressing concerns about noise from dogs barking.
“I can hear a pin drop and I live right down the street,” Mariani said of the area at night. She said the area has some noise during the day, but she is concerned about nighttime noise.
Supervisors Stephen L. Mohr, Clyde H. Pickel and Kevin S. McKain voted in favor of the motion. Supervisor John L. Shearer was absent from the meeting on Thursday, July 13, because he was traveling abroad.
Solicitor Bernadette M. Hohenadel said concerns about noise should be brought up later when the township has a hearing over land development.
In other business, supervisors voted to close South Second Street in Bainbridge between Race and Market streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, for a Community Day celebration. Officer Michael J. Kimes of the Susquehanna Regional Police Department had requested the street be closed until 6 p.m., but Mariani said that would mean the street would be closed when her ice cream parlor at the corner of Second and Race is open. The motion to close the street specified that people will need to be able to have access to homes and businesses when the street is closed.
Also, supervisors voted to advertise a public hearing on a resolution to support the Bainbridge Fire Company’s application for a loan for a new fire engine. Hohenadel said a public hearing is not legally required for a resolution, but the bank required that an advertised public hearing be held.