West Donegal Township Supervisors approved a variety of waivers requested for a day care center on the property of Masonic Village that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.
K. Craig Smith, a landscape architect with RGS Associates, described the plans to township supervisors at their meeting on Monday, June 11, along with Phil Hollinger, director of operations for U-Gro Learning Centres. U-Gro has already agreed to take over Masonic Village’s current childcare center, which serves more than 110 students; those students are to transfer to the newly built center once it is ready. Smith said the construction will take place on an area of less than 4 acres north of Bainbridge Road and west of Shrine Road; access to the center will be from Shrine Road, which is a private road. Hollinger said the center operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes care of children before and after school.
Township Manager John O. Yoder III said the township Planning Commission had no comments on the plan, though the fire department wanted to see a fire hydrant moved. Yoder said the fire department also questioned whether the building would have a fire alarm and sprinkler system; Hollinger assured him that those safety features were in the plans.
The waivers approved were mostly technical in nature, such as the scale plans would be drawn to and what type of surveying to use. Smith did not have a final cost estimate for the land development plan, so supervisors agreed to approve anything that is accepted by Yoder and David Miller Associates, a landscape architecture and civil engineering firm retained by the township.
In other business, supervisors unanimously approved a 90-day extension of time for Timber Villa Assisted Living to get sewer and storm water plans approved. Keith D. Good of CGA Architects said without the extension, the original plan would have to be recorded, then there would need to be a revision of the recorded plan. Supervisors also voted unanimously to spend $4,283.75 to replace an old valve on the elevator in the township building. Yoder said a malfunction with that type of valve recently killed a man in Florida and the township’s elevator maintenance company had informed the township that it would not continue to service the elevator unless the valve is replaced.
Supervisors took no action on a proposal for the township to buy a Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle for the use of township staff. Yoder said having the township own such a vehicle would cut down on the roughly $2,000 a year the township now spends on reimbursing township employees for mileage on their personal vehicles. Supervisor Douglas Hottenstein said he would like to consider using a police car that is taken out of service instead. Northwest Regional Police Chief Mark Mayberry said his agency expects to retire a four-wheel-drive vehicle this year with more than 100,000 miles on it, noting that it has gotten heavy use in that time.
Also, Yoder said construction work on a park in the Stoney Brook development is done now that the restrooms are completed, so it can now be dedicated to public use. Solicitor Josele Cleary said she will need a legal description of the land and a title search to prepare a deed of dedication.