Conoy Township supervisors approved a memorandum of understanding and other agreements with a group that plans to build a dog adoption center.
Almost Home Dog Adoption wants to build a 24,600-square-foot building with 62 parking spaces on a 12-acre lot at the intersection of River Road and Prescott Road. Supervisors voted unanimously on Thursday, April 11, meeting to approve the memorandum of understanding as well as operation and maintenance agreement. Supervisors previously voted 3-2 in January to approve the plans after their solicitor said it would be difficult to defend a denial in court; Supervisors Clyde H. Pickel and Vice-Chair Gina R. Mariani cast the dissenting votes in January.
Neighbors had previously raised concerns about barking nuisances; representatives of Almost Home said the dogs would be kept indoors at night and would get plenty of exercise in the daytime, making it likely that they would be asleep at night.
Supervisors passed a resolution renaming a walkway around a railroad bridge on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail previously known as the Shock’s Mill Walkway as the James D. Warner Passageway. Warner, the longtime chief executive officer of the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, was honored for his civic leadership that included instrumental work in arranging for getting the trail to fruition. Supervisors surprised Warner with a plaque to be placed by the passageway earlier in the day.
“He was hell-bent on that trail going to Columbia,” Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said.
In other business, supervisors voted unanimously to buy a new dump truck for $143,700 to replace a truck that had its engine fail during a snowstorm. Mohr said the old truck, which the township bought new in 2000, was found to be in bad enough shape that it was not worth fixing.
Supervisors also voted to approve a new fee schedule, which solicitor Bernadette M. Hohenadel said would make the township’s fees easier to follow.