SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Springfield Township supervisors on Tuesday agreed to move forward with plans proposed by two businesses.
They approved the land development application for Compadres Mexican Restaurant, which will be adding a 1,300-square-foot deck to the west side of its building at 1809 S. Center St. Ext.
Compadres must meet these conditions: finalized a stormwater management plan, obtain the necessary occupancy permit for use of the second floor, dedicate an easement in front of the property to the township for a future trail, and secure the developer’s agreement.
The upper level is currently not in use, and the fire escape will be removed, said Joe Gray of Ashlar Architecture.
Supervisors said they’d be concerned about that becoming a safety issue in the future. It will be addressed at some point, Gray said.
Supervisors also approved the developer’s agreement for Sheetz Inc., which is demolishing its convenience store at 1931 Butler Pike and constructing a new building, along with some upgrades to the gas station part of the property.
Sheetz is just about ready to start construction, said John Trant, the township’s acting administrator.
Company representatives have said that the gas station will be closed for about 16 weeks, and they hope to re-open in November.
They’d also like to sell beer and wine, which requires approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, supervisors:
• Approved a $75,149.97 bond release for Cannon’s Chophouse.
• Approved the township’s water service agreement with Buhl Community Water Company. It will go into effect once both parties sign the documents, Supervisor Dave Swartz said.
This revised version of the agreement was proposed by Buhl, said Ray Bogaty, the township’s solicitor.
After the meeting, Jessica Kent, Buhl’s executive director, said that the township didn’t previously have an agreement in writing with Buhl, though they were connected to the water system.
• Agreed to award a road paving contract to Sonntag Excavating for $54,879.73.
• Agreed to send a letter to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission about stormwater runoff coming from commission property; that water has been damaging Pennsy Road, where a culvert pipe is blocked with debris, said Jim Knight, the township’s roadmaster and director of public works.
Supervisors agreed to have Knight arrange to have the pipe jetted if the cost is under $2,000. If that is not feasible, he will buy a new culvert pipe.
• Heard from Knight about numerous roads in the township that been washed out by recent rainstorms. His crew has been spreading material, and the spreader attached to one of their trucks fell off when a bolt broke.
He needs a new spreader, which was not budgeted for this year. Knight said that the township can hold off on sealing the salt shed roof this year because he believes that new gutters will help resolve the leaking problem.
Supervisors agreed to move the roof project to 2020, and to pay Walsh Truck Equipment $11,435 for a new spreader. Knight said he will bolt and weld the new spreader to the truck.
• Awarded a contract for $11,500 to Mortimer’s Excavating for replacement of the 6-inch valve at the lift station.