SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Development continues in Springfield Township as two businesses plan upgrades and another works on a new building project.
Township supervisors last week approved the land development plan submitted by Sheetz Inc. with several conditions. The company will be demolishing its convenience store at 1931 Butler Pike, across from the outlet mall, and building a new one, along with making some improvements to the gas pump area.
The conditions: the submission of a developer’s agreement; an agreement between the township and company for a “Welcome to Springfield Township” sign near the store; and a waiver for the location of the dumpster.
The revised landscaping and lighting plans have been reviewed, and a sidewalk in front of the property along state Route 208 will be a required site improvement within five years, said Daniel Deiseroth, project engineer and executive vice president with Gateway Engineers Inc., the township’s engineer.
Supervisors tabled a motion to set a public hearing for Springfield Hardwood Products. Owner Braden Byler wants property he owns on Old Ash Road at state Route 208 rezoned from agricultural to commercial.
The neighboring property owners must be notified of the proposed change, said Ray Bogaty, the township’s solicitor.
Byler said he’s talked to most of those property owners, some of whom are OK with his plans to build a woodworking business that would include a retail area and light manufacturing.
Supervisors also heard from Compadres Mexican Restaurant, 1809 S. Center St. Ext., which wants to add a patio to the west side of its building.
Nathan Smith, the project’s contractor, said they wanted to touch base before the supervisors’ next meeting, when there will be a discussion about the land development plan. That meeting will be at 9 a.m. May 20 at the township building.
The patio will be 36 by 36 feet, and it will have roll-up doors. A township ordinance requires a sidewalk with new construction or a project that would modify the footprint of an existing building; Smith said there’s nowhere to put a sidewalk.
The state built a 20-foot drop-off along that section of Route 208 when they widened the road, he said.
The restaurant can submit a request to modify the sidewalk requirement, which the planning commission would have to review before the supervisors, Deiseroth said.
In other business at the May 7 meeting, supervisors:
• Heard from Bogaty that two inter-municipal liquor license hearings will be held at the township building – one at 8:30 a.m. May 20 for Cannon’s Chophouse, which is under construction, and one at 6:30 p.m. June 4 for Fat Eddie’s, a new restaurant that will open in the current Kings Family Restaurant.
• Approved an $83,216.90 transfer from the sewer fund to the general fund and back. This comes after the discovery of just under $3,000 in fraudulent transactions in the township’s account at Mercer County State Bank, said Rick Dillaman, chairman. The money has been returned to the township.
• Agreed to change the township building’s telephone company from Century Link to Armstrong Utilities. The Century Link bill was about $315 a month. The new bill will run about $200 a month, and there is a one-time installation fee of $240.
• Agreed to continue having township crews assist certain residents with trash pickup of large items. Those residents must be homebound or physically unable to handle the items.
• Awarded a road repair and paving contract for $45,107.25 to Sonntag Excavating, Volant. There will be a change order worth about $5,000 for additional materials that were mistakenly left out of the bid specifications.
• Awarded a culvert replacement contract for $10,080 to Sonntag.
• Approved a $33,535 payment to North Rock Construction Inc. for the Creek Road project, plus a change order for an additional in-stream structure as required by the Mercer County Conservation District.
• Heard from Jim Knight, the township’s roadmaster and director of public works, about how his crew has been picking litter every day on township roads. Bottle Hill Road residents have asked for a “no littering” sign. Supervisors agreed to add signs to existing poles at either end of the road.
• Hired Ray Barclay as a full-time employee of the public works department, effective May 20 pending a background check. He will be paid $14 an hour, which will increase to $15 an hour when he receives his CDL certification.
• Held an executive session before the meeting to discuss personnel and legal issues.
• Agreed to create a petty cash checking account that will hold up to $150 for minor expenses like filing a lien. Transactions will require signatures from the township treasurer and one other township employee or supervisor.