Antrim to get going on road paving

PAT FRIDGEN

Antrim Township supervisors authorized staff to go out for bid for the 2011 paving projects at the April 12 meeting. Public works director Tom Davis said the plan was 1.7 miles of Coseytown Road, 3 miles of Ridge Road, and .7 miles of Maryland Line Road. The money appropriated in the budget was $1.26 million, though bids could be different, he said.

Tony Rivellino, president of the Greencastle Greens Homeowner’s Association, asked permission to install speed humps in phases 1, 2 and 3, and a stop sign at Castlegreen Drive and Golf Vista Drive. The 120 property owners were concerned by the speeds of both residents and commercial vehicles. They had collected $4,000 to pay for the humps and would follow Antrim specifications.

Board members Sam Miller, Fred Young III, Curtis Myers and Rick Baer approved the request, and planned to investigate the rules for a sign.

An issue from the past was resurrected by Denny Harshman from Kauffman. The farmer wanted Antrim to install a stormwater system to alleviate flooding on his fields. Zoning officer Sylvia House recommended not to do that. The housing development creating the runoff was established in the 1970s before township stormwater requirements were adopted. Antrim had spent money in 2005 to study the problem, and  in 2007 the residents said they were not willing to give a right-of-way in their backyards for a ditch, since that would add to their own basement water woes. House said Harshman also did not want the ROW on his property.

“This isn’t the only flooding issue in the township,” she said.

She had written to the neighbors instructing them not to pump water into the roadside swales, the road, or private property. She agreed to check if any funding was available to remedy the situation, as Harshman said at one time there was through Natural Resources Conservation Service.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Baer asked solicitor John Lisko if Antrim could possibly loan the Greencastle-Antrim School District money for its stadium improvement project. Antrim would make money on its low return investments and G-ASD could save some on interest.

“You’re definitely thinking outside the box,” Lisko replied. “But are you going outside your stewardship authority? This is a new one for me.”

 He said he would investigate the legal issues.