Antrim Township refinances, renames road

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Ron Secary, an engineer with Snyder, Secary and Associates, talked to supervisors about plans to develop two lots behind World Kitchen.

Antrim Township moved ahead Tuesday on refunding its Series of 2016 General Obligation Note, with a balance yet of $4,469,000. Melissa Hughes from Public Financial Management, and Scott Mehok, bond counsel from Eckert Seaman, presented the details for saving money on the remaining 4.5 year term of the bond.

PFM tried to re-negotiate with current lender Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, said Hughes, but they were not interested. Therefore, the consulting firm put out a Request for Proposal, and had a significant response. Seven banks submitted eight proposals, with the best deal coming from BB&T.

It offered a 1.39 percent fixed interest rate.

“It’s better than we thought,” said Hughes. “You will save $60,000 in interest.”

Mehok walked supervisors John Alleman, Rick Baer, Chad Murray, Fred Young III and Pat Heraty through the process of changing the ordinance for the refunding of the note.

New address?

The Planning Commission had recommended changing the street name of South Antrim Way to Molly Pitcher Highway. That was what PennDOT considered the highway from the borough line to the Maryland border. House had also spoken to the 911 call center and post office. Both preferred uniformity in addresses.

Fourteen Antrim properties used South Antrim Way in their address, and 48 used Pennsylvania Avenue in the State Line area. The supervisors agreed to the change for the smaller group. They also expected the revised address to help direct truckers to the correct entrance to World Kitchen. GPS systems were frequently sending them to Williamsport Pike, which caused turn-around troubles in residential neighborhoods.

Developer requests

The board also heard from Ron Secary, an engineer with Snyder, Secary and Associates, about plans to develop two lots behind World Kitchen. The space was part of the Matrix I-81 Logistics Center. Sixty-four acres had been retained for future use.

“That time is now,” Secary said.

Matrix wanted to erect two warehouses for lease in the industrial zone. It planned to build private sewer and water systems, which would then be connected to public utilities at the property line. Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority had already been contacted about providing water.

Antrim public works director Carl Rundquist asked if GAFCWA had indicated when it would request permission from Antrim Township Municipal Authority to provide water within borough lines.

“Truthfully, they should ask because they would be in another municipality’s service area,” Rundquist said.

Secary replied that the conversation never got that far.

“We don’t want to service this water,” Rundquist continued, “but we want them to ask.”

Alleman said the supervisors were out of the picture, and the two authorities should handle it, and help developers take the most direct path to obtaining water.

Secary also asked that the firm be allowed to submit documents 30-inches by 40-inches. The large size allowed more detail. Already, the plans were at 31 sheets, and if a smaller size was mandated, the number would be over 50. That also made aligning papers necessary to read them.

Zoning officer Sylvia House had indicated Antrim liked papers that were 18 x 24, or 24 x 36, since only those sizes fit in the file drawers.

Secary offered a compromise, the large papers for this phase of the project, and smaller pages for the final records. Because House wanted just one size for consistency, the board denied Secary’s request to go big. In the minority on the split vote were Baer and Alleman.

No to audio recording

House had asked the Planning Commission to record its meetings, so she could listen to them when she needed clarity on some of their discussions. The commission had voted no to the idea.

Member Bob Smith was in the audience, and said the rationale was that if the meetings were posted on the township website, it would just cause problems. The commission merely served in an advisory capacity, and the supervisors made the binding decisions. Posting the audio tape “would throw lots of confetti into the mix.”

Antrim solicitor John Lisko doubted any audio had to be uploaded on the website. The board tabled action until it could learn more about the legal ramifications.

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot