2012-06-28 / Front Page

Ayr Road Paving To Begin

Waivers approved for new police barracks
By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

Now that the bid for paving has been awarded, Ayr Township supervisors expect paving to begin soon in two areas of the township. Plans include paving on Horton Drive from Route 16 to Route 30. Shoulders will be widened by two feet on each side and the road will be lined both in the center and on each side. In addition, approximately one mile of roadway will be paved on Cove Valley View from Longview to Serpentine Road and Cove Valley View to the cul de sac.

The township received three bids last month and awarded the job to P&W Excavating, the lowest bidder. Bids were received from New Enterprise Stone and Lime ($138,481.25), Highway Materials ($155,763.52) and P&W ($128,780.40).

During other business, the supervisors reviewed plans for a new Pennsylvania State Police barracks to be located in the Fulton County Business Park on the south side of Fulton Drive directly across from Tri-State Community Health Center. Plans for the 7,539- square-feet building have been submitted by the architectural firm of Fahringer McCarty Grey Inc. of Monroeville, Pa.

The firm has asked for conditional approval of the plans as well as waivers for the building to be built and owned by a private contractor on the 5.97-acre lot. The supervisors did not grant condi- tional approval citing the fact that many of the permits needed have not yet been obtained.

They did, however, grant the waivers request that, on the advice of their engineers, include waiving: curbing requirements, a landscape buffer area, parking space widths and access aisles, interior landscaping in parking area and driveway placement with respect to adjacent property lines.

In addition to granting the waiver requests, however, there were other substantial issues addressed in the township engineer’s review that must yet be addressed in addition to securing all necessary permits.

In other discussions regarding the business park, the supervisors noted that the General Fasteners building is nearly complete, and the business has begun to move into the 25,200-square- foot building. The original plan had called for a completion date of July 1, 2012.

The supervisors also noted that plans that were reviewed in July 2011 for a $60-million solar energy project near the business park in Ayr Township have not come to fruition. Supervisors, who last met with the project manager from Element Power in August 2011, say they have heard nothing further regarding the project. Building of the 187,000 solar panels was contingent upon the company’s ability to sell the energy to West Penn Power through its transmission station located nearby.

The Ayr Township supervisors meet the last Monday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the township building.

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