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East Donegal Allows Alcohol Sales at Sheetz


Special to the Advocate

The East Donegal Township Board of Supervisors has approved the intermunicipal transfer of a restaurant liquor license from West Donegal Township, allowing for the sale of beer and wine at the Sheetz in Marietta.

The license is transferring from The Spot on Turnpike to the Sheetz at 1158 River Road.

The motion passed 2 to 1, with Supervisor Allen Esbenshade offering the dissenting vote. Supervisors also imposed a limitation on liquor signage in the large canopy window of the store.

Also at the meeting on Thursday, March 7, the township’s auditor presented his 2018 financial report to the supervisors.

Phil Rudy, of White, Rudy and Company, said the township’s revenue stream was about a half a million dollars over
what supervisors had budgeted, with most of the overage coming from earned income tax. The general fund ended the year with about $3.4 million.

“On the expenditures side, you underexpended by about a half a million dollars, and generally that was because of construction projects that you had anticipated doing on the roads which did not occur during the year. So, there was about a million dollar swing to the good for your, your general fund. Half a million dollars of that then was transferred at the end of the year and put into your reserves. So, your fund balance in the general fund is very healthy,” Rudy said.

Rudy said the reserves at the beginning of the year were about a million dollars, and the year ended at $1.4 million, mostly due to the transfer from the general fund to the capital reserve (rainy day) fund.

Rudy said the township is very healthy, as far as cash goes. He said
there were no large expenditures in 2018, and there is a long-term debt of about $1.6 million that is being paid at a rate of about $300,000 per year.

In other news, Supervisor Tom Jones began a discussion about creating a matching fund for the Maytown-East Donegal Township Fire Company to purchase a replacement rescue unit, which is needed soon.

Jones said the cost of the unit would be between $800,000 and $1.5 million. He is proposing the township create a fund to match the amount raised by the fire company for the rescue apparatus.

The supervisors decided to continue discussion on a possible matching fund for the fire company at a later date.

Also at the meeting, it was mentioned residents would be given more access to R & J Memorial Park when baseball is not in season.

The next meeting of the East Donegal Township Board of Supervisors will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building, 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta.

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