Antrim Township targeted for study on development opportunities

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Antrim Township will undergo an analysis by Franklin County Area Development Corporation as to its features supporting economic development. Supervisors John Alleman, Rick Baer, Fred Young III and Pat Heraty approved the plan on Sept. 22. James Byers was absent.

Antrim will pick up the cost for the study FCADC asked to do. It will look at such things as available properties, highway access, demographics, employability of residents and so on. The information is intended to cover all the questions developers ask when they consult FCADC as to potential sites. Then the data will be immediately accessible.

The board approved a request for an exemption from a land development plan by Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation. G-AEF found a site 400 feet south of Route 16 in Shady Grove to erect an 80-foot communications tower. It is launching a non-commercial radio station in Greencastle. The tower will be on a concrete base with a small utility shed nearby to house the generator.

Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce executive director Georgina Cranston requested $1,800 toward the tree for Heritage Christmas. The supervisors immediately said yes. She explained that the donation, up from $1,300 in previous years, probably would not drop back to that level. In 2015 extra funds were needed for additional lighting supplies for the trees in the corners of Center Square.

During a short hearing, no one objected to Antrim Township abandoning Snyder Road. New property owner Brian Burcker had asked that the dirt lane be turned over to him. Though the road belonged to the township, it had not been maintaining it.

The board approved changing the ordinance to release ownership of the road, shorter than one-fourth mile.