2013-06-13 / Front Page

Boro Council Takes Action On Methodist Church Building Project

By Jean Snyder

STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Borough Council granted two waivers for the McConnellsburg United Methodist Church project, denied another two and gave its approval to a property owner to subdivide a double lot on South Second Street. The land-use decisions came during the council’s regular meeting last Wednesday evening.

James A. Maun of William Brindle Associates Inc. is the engineer for the United Methodist Church project, and he appeared before council to ask for four waivers on their plan to build a new fellowship hall to the south of the church where the former parsonage is located along North Second Street. The building will have an 8,300-square-footprint. During last month’s meeting, council reviewed comments from its engineer, Keller Engineers, regarding the project. Keller submitted approximately 20 comments on the plan, with most of them related to stormwater runoff. Those comments were relayed to Brindle Associates, and the four waivers requested are a result of those comments.

The four waivers requested pertain to the borough’s stormwater ordinance and include: a waiver from having to seek approval from adjoining properties that are in Todd Township and would require Todd’s approval; a waiver from having to tie into the borough’s stormwater system; a waiver from discharge onto adjacent properties; and a waiver from having to post a bond equal to 110 percent of the site construction work.

Council granted two of the waivers, including the waiver from tying into the borough’s stormwater system. Council voted yes on the waiver with five “yes” votes and one “no” vote cast by Councilman Mack Shaffer. Council gave its approval after hearing about the stormwater filtration system planned for the project, which the engineers say will reduce the current runoff by 20 percent, except in the case of a 25-year storm or bigger. Shaffer voted “no,” saying that he does not believe that South First Street and Lincoln Way West can handle anymore water.

Council also approved a waiver on the discharge to adjoining properties after the engineers further explained how the water would flow after learning that the underground system will be capable of storing 15,000 cubic feet of water. That waiver was granted with four “yes” votes and two “no” votes by Councilmen Mack Shaffer and David Washabaugh.

The other two waivers on adjoining properties in Todd Township and on the bond requirement were unanimously denied.

Finally, the church asked for conditional approval of the plan if Keller Engineers approve the revised plan. Council granted the conditional approval on a 4-1 vote with one abstention. Councilman Mack Shaffer voted “no” and Councilwoman Pat Frazier abstained.

Also during regular business, John Bishop requested permission to divide a double lot at 322 South Second Street for purposes of selling one-half of the lot. Council approved the request.

Rick Hoffman told council members that he is buying the old Professional Uniforms building on Lincoln Way East and plans to use it for a flea market and a grocery store. Council approved those plans, saying it does not violate the zoning ordinance.

Also during regular business, council approved payment of the street-sweeping project with liquid fuel funds in the amount of $2,025.

Regular business

During regular business, council approved payment of May bills in the amount of $56,302.31. Revenue for the same period was $68,703.82. Checks were written for $60,748.98, leaving a June 1 balance of $34,161.44.

Council members present for the June meeting were Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Mack Shaffer, Jim Smith, Pat Frazier, Rick Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote.

Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fulton House at 7:30 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 3, 2013.

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