Ayr Plans Bridge Repairs
Ayr Township supervisors heard bad news about one of their township bridges at their regular meeting held last Wednesday evening. According to Tom Morisi of Keller Engineers, Ayr’s Bridge Number 3, which crosses over Cove Creek on Ravensburg Road south of McConnellsburg, has been labeled a maintenance priority with serious structural damage that must be fixed within the next six months.
Morisi, the township’s engineer, said that a diagonal hairline crack has stressed the beam and that new rebar will have to be put in. The supervisors asked Morisi to draw up the specs and then the job will be either bid or quoted depending on the cost. It was agreed that qualified bidders could be George Hann & Son, Fort Littleton; Lobar, Dillsburg, Pa.; Kee-ta-Quay, Hustontown, Pa.; and Wenbrook, Huntingdon, Pa. The supervisors hope to have enough liquid fuel funds to do the repair. The bridge was built in 1991, according to township records.
In other business, upon the advice of their solicitor, Stanley J. Kerlin, the supervisors signed a developer’s agreement with VEON construction regarding the new Pennsylvania State Police barracks planned for the Fulton County Business Park. According to the agreement, the developer must have an irrevocable letter of credit or bond in the amount of $314,341 in order to assure completion of the project. According to information provided to the supervisors, VEON expects to break ground in August for the project. The new 7,500-square-foot building will be built on the south side of Fulton Drive directly across from Tri-State Community Health Center.
The supervisors had approved five waivers on the project back in December of 2012, and no mention has been made of why the project has been held up for so long.
Also, during other business, the supervisors met with realtor Ron Richards regarding a sewage issue on a property on Back Run Road that he has listed for sale. According to Richards, the township’s sewage enforcement officer (SEO) will not permit the septic system because of tree roots in the drainage line. Richards said that it was not fair to require a new septic system costing $8,000- 10,000 when the system in place can be repaired. Supervisor Hopkins agreed to talk with the township’s SEO to see if he would object to having another SEO inspect the system for a second opinion.
The supervisors also briefly discussed an inquiry about a commercial hog farm for the land across from Harr’s store in Ayr Township on Route 522 south. The supervisors did say that they could not prevent such use of the land.
During a review of correspondence, the supervisors reviewed a letter from Commonwealth Code denying a building permit request to put an ice cream stand on the land just vacated by the Cone Zone. The land is adjacent to Mc- Connellsburg Motor and Implement west of town on old Route 30. According to the letter, the permit for Lyle Mellott was denied for six reasons, including: there is no method for attaching structure to the ground; it must be fully handicapped accessible; the service window must be handicapped accessible; electrical drawings must be provided; restroom facilities must be provided; and parking spaces and handicapped accessible spaces must be identified.
The supervisors also reported that the ponding water at the Daljcon/General Fasteners site in the business park will be remediated by adding topsoil and clay to the area.
The Ayr supervisors meet the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the township building off Cito Road. The next regular scheduled meeting will be held on August 26, 2013.