CRIME

County wants Antrim to chip in in fight against drugs

PAT FRIDGEN

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook asked the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors for $7,190.08. The money was Antrim's share, based on population, for adding another agent to the Drug Task Force. Zook explained April 24 why it was important for each municipality to contribute to the fight against drugs in the county.

"It's important that each has some type of ownership," he said. "Drugs are not limited by boundaries. We're asking you to invest in this. Even though you don't have a police department, you have a legitimate interest in this."

He explained that the DTF began in 1988 under then district attorney Jack Nelson. The purpose was to attack drugs at the street level. The effort was revitalized in 2000. The investigations were unique, in that agents and informants connected buyers and sellers and tracked the flow of drugs. It was very labor intensive, he said.

The officers had county-wide jurisdiction and could also cross state lines. The task force was adding former Waynesboro police chief Mark King to its roster.

Supervisor Fred Young III said he was not against the goal, but asked why the money wasn't taken out of Franklin County coffers. Zook replied that if each borough and township kicked in, it told their residents they believed in the cause. And the more dedicated personnel, the more arrests were made.

Antrim received letters about the request in November and March. The DTF wanted $72,000 total from all entities to cover the new agent. The board, including James Byers, John Alleman, Rick Baer and Pat Heraty, did not take any action.

Other business

Pat Coggins and Tim Hogan appeared on behalf of Atapco. They sought to update the board on work at Antrim Commons Business Park. They planned to have a rail line cross Armada Drive, serving Norfolk Southern. That meant the road would be blocked a couple times a week for short periods. Another rail line going to Food Lion would be taken out. Coggins said they had a letter of interest from a client for the business park.

"We'll be sealing the deal soon for our first tenant."

The board hired Jay Mongan as utility operator, with a start date of April 26. It also hired Jennifer Becknell as secretary/treasurer, and she had started April 23. The supervisors accepted with regret the resignation of Mark Goldbach from the Park Committee.

Brad Lescalleet and Russell Johnston, on behalf of the 717 Flying Disc Club, received permission to add nine disc golf holes at Antrim Township Community Park. They will also remodel the current tee pads.

Worksession

Prior to the regular meeting, the supervisors met with zoning officer Sylvia House to learn of progress by the Ordinance Review Committee. House, Baer, Heraty, Sherry Clayton, Joel Wenger, Larry Eberly, Mike Hicks and Lynda Beckwith started in February and expected to spend a year working through the ordinances, making changes as deemed necessary.

"The purpose is to simplify them," said House.

They reviewed use impacts, minimum area regulations for agricultural, low density residential, and medium density residential. The final topic was design standards.

"The ones we currently have seem very cumbersome and restrictive," she continued.

The connector road garnered complaints, since companies would lose so much property for roads, rights-of-way, access routes and such. House said any changes to the ordinance would affect the Grindstone Hill Road when it was developed south of Leitersburg Road. The push was for shared roads and parking lots by adjacent businesses.

Information was presented to the supervisors for their input, so the committee could sense the direction it should take on a multitude of regulations.