Atapco asks to dedicate road early

PAT FRIDGEN

Atapco Properties asked the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors July 26 if it could dedicate Armada Drive to the township. Zoning officer Sylvia House reminded the board that the policy was to have a development built out first, and no construction had yet begun at Antrim Commons Business Park. The supervisors were wary of the request unless contingencies were in place.

Vice president of development Pat Coggins explained that matters were complicated for Atapco, due to an old agreement between nearby Food Lion Distribution Center and former developer Perini Construction, as well as an easement issue. Food Lion had a deadline to dedicate its 20-foot strip of roadway. Also, Atapco would have to give Norfolk Southern an easement if the road was not turned over to Antrim, then reverse the paperwork at the courthouse once it was.

The board wanted to protect the township from any expenses due to construction damage, and normally required only an 18-month maintenance bond. Coggins said the large parcels would likely be sold quickly, but the small ones could take up to 20 years. He was amenable to submitting an extended  bond until 75 percent of the project was complete. "We're willing to give you the comfort you need."

With input from solicitor John Lisko, the supervisors also wanted Atapco to cover any construction damage during build-out of the last 25 percent. Coggins and development manager Tim Hogan agreed to work on wording regarding timeline and dollar amount, and to return with a proposal.

Bids awarded

Administrator Brad Graham presented bid packages for two projects. Valley Quarries Inc., Chambersburg, had the low of three for paving Coseytown, Maryland Line and Ridge roads. The bid was $1,110,450. Thomas Electric of Orbisonia had the low of two for installing electrical service at the Antrim Township Community Park concession stand. Its bid was $20,195. Both were approved by Sam Miller, Fred Young III, Rick Baer and Curtis Myers. James Byers was absent.

Dirty water

Miller asked that the clarity problem, called transmissivity, with Waste Management discharge at the wastewater treatment plant be settled before Pat Heraty was seated in January. Heraty is one of two candidates for two board seats who will be on the November general election ballot. He is district manager of Waste Management in Greencastle. Miller wanted Heraty to be able to avoid conflict of interest as the township worked with the company to bring its discharge up to standards. He hoped Antrim's new public works director, Carl Rundquist, could aid in working out the details for any change in  pretreatment before sending the wastewater into Antrim's system. Miller had a report from Brinjac Engineering on what it could cost the company to pretreat, which was "astronomical".

Young thought it was too soon for Rundquist to get the assignment, since he just started work the week before. Graham clarified that while EPA did not have set clarity standards, Brinjac had established a limit and procedures to meet it, which WM agreed to, if Antrim wanted to put them into place. Miller understood from Brinjac that WM could pretreat or let Antrim do it, at a price he wanted to be fair. He considered that option "a smokin' deal" for WM. Graham said measures adopted at the plant had already made a difference. He and Rundquist were going over the history of the plant against transmissivity records.

At the April 12 meeting Graham confirmed that the leachate problem was at least 10 years old. The supervisors approved the purchase of a new UV light and staff was making sure all equipment was operating properly. At the April 25 Antrim Township Municipal Authority meeting Graham said that he and the former public works director were meeting with WM to discuss the issue.

No action was taken last Tuesday.

No water

Miller moved that Antrim sell its water system to Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority. The Hess issue was fading since most of the residents had agreed to hook up to public water by 2019 or had already done so. Myers asked that the matter be tabled until Byers was present.

Myers also asked Antrim to send a letter to GAFCWA about the exemption the township granted the residents on April 10, 2007, and to ask them to respect it. He wondered if Antrim voted not to enforce the ordinance, wouldn't it be the one to dole out fines or consequences rather than Greencastle? Lisko responded that he had sent out an email on the matter a couple months ago and he would discuss it privately with Myers.

No sewer

Following an executive session the board gave Graham authority to sign an agreement with State Line Motel for a payment plan if Antrim obtained the right to terminate sewer service from DEP. The motel had run up a tab of $20,000 by last October, and the civil case went to Maryland District Court.