on a proposed expansion to Woodberry Manor. Presidential Land Co. visited last month’s zoning meeting to talk through hopes of building 205 new housing units on 240 acres, with another 300 acres devoted to wetlands preservation. About four miles of roadway would be included. The plan is in its earliest stages, Pasonick said, noting it could be 20 years before it would be completed. In fact, Presidential Land Co. hasn’t yet submitted a formal plan to the zoning board; representatives merely visited the zoning meeting for verbal communication.
Police Chief Bob Franks indicated he would want to ensure the developers would plan for adequate parking. Solicitor Jack Dean said multiple public hearings would be required throughout the process, so the public will have the opportunity to weigh in.
In a related matter, supervisors voted to reduce Presidential Land Co.’s bond from $320,650 to $62,150. The company’s most recent building project is nearly complete, with only a stop sign and a bit of paving remaining to be done, so the bond was able to be reduced with no threat to the township, Pasonick said.
Regarding roads, Pasonick announced that line painting has been completed on five township roads: Henry, Fairwood, Aleksander, Ice Harvest and a portion of Heslop. Originally, only Henry Drive was scheduled for painting, but a good price allowed for additional roads to be painted. However, township resident Karl Kaminski complained about shoddy work, saying “you’d be arrested for drunk driving if you tried to follow the lines” on Heslop Road.
“Couldn’t we expect better work from our contractors?” he asked.
Roadmaster Bob Pipech countered that the lines “aren’t for beauty; they’re a safety precaution.”
A second resident lodged a road-related complaint. Elvio Benzi of Wilderness Drive said that despite township repairs along the road years ago, his basement is again flooding because water is flowing onto his property from the roadway. Pipech said he would investigate the situation to see if a larger pipe needs to be installed.
Resident Joe Tweedle also asked Pipech if township workers could remove two dead trees from the Ice Lakes parking lot. Pipech said he would take them down this week. He also asked Pasonick to begin drawing up a bid package to pave Nuangola Avenue this fall.
Tweedle raised two additional concerns. One was regarding a complaint lodged at the July meeting by resident Mark Manosky, who expressed concern about water backing up behind the beaver dam above the Heslop Road bridge. Tweedle said the beaver dam has been there since the 1940s and it provides an “enjoyable place” for children to fish and has never caused any problems. Pipech assured him, “The dam’s not going nowhere.”
Tweedle’s other concern involves the former firehouse and social hall, which he said are “in bad shape”.
“The whole thing should come down,” he said.
Supervisor Rick Arnold noted that the township has taken the first steps toward deciding whether to demolish or renovate. In either case, studies were required to determine whether the buildings harbored hazardous materials or mold, and the township did commission those studies. Workload has also contributed to
the slow pace of progress, he said. “We probably would be doing
something by now if it weren’t for dealing with the Ice Lakes” dam.
In other business: Secretary Jeff Beck said two contractors were fined for doing pave cuts before acquiring the proper zoning permits. A subcontractor for Metrocast paid a $600 fine for pave cuts along Wilderness Drive, and a subcontractor for Frontier paid $1,200 for work done along Vista Drive, he said.
Arnold noted that Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department’s aerial truck needs expensive transmission repairs, and he encouraged residents to give generously to the department’s fund drives.
Supervisors voted to donate $500 from the recreation fund to Blytheburn Lake Association for its annual fishing tournament.