Derry Township to borrow $500K for renovations

YEAGERTOWN – The Derry Township Supervisors signed an ordinance at its regular Monday meeting allowing the township to borrow $500,000 for renovations to its new township building, the former Army Reserve Center.

Board Chairman John McCullough had previously been authorized to enter into the loan agreement with Kish Bank. In addition to becoming the township’s new headquarters, Mifflin County Regional Police Department would also move its operations to the building once renovations are complete.

Supervisors also heard a number of concerns from residents.

Ron Aurand, of Edgewater Avenue, along with two other neighbors, complained that a neighboring property owner was being a nuisance by not cutting down a dead tree, leaving trash near Kish Creek and not cutting the grass. Supervisors agreed to look into the trash and the uncut grass complaints but stated the tree was a civil matter that needed to be resolved between citizens. The township said only trees that are impeding traffic may be trimmed or removed by the township.

Wendy Maurey, whose father, Donald Laub, last week complained to the board about water running off into his property, asked the board what progress had been made toward a resolution to the issue. It was agreed by supervisors the township’s engineer should inspect the problem.

Jeff Copenhaver, of Circle Lane, expressed his displeasure with the pipes on Circle Lane and how inadequate draining caused the road to flood with water. Supervisors instructed roadmaster Joe Fetzer to look at the pipes and report his findings.

In other business:

Resident Sharon Long, of Edgewater Avenue, asked the board to look into removing a stop sign on Edgewater Avenue and the board agreed to have Fetzer investigate.

The board discussed its lease with Mifflin County Youth Baseball and determined the new lease needs numerous revisions before being adopted. The board instructed Solicitor Jeff Snook to develop a new lease.

The board authorized roadmaster Joe Fetzer to coordinate with Smeltz and Aumiller about plans to remove the sidewalk in front of their building.

The board reported the park lawn mower needs extensive repairs.

The board approved the junk yard license application.

The board announced the Mifflin County Comprehensive Plan was adopted on April 24, 2014.

The board reported that Berks Homes/Blossom Hill Development are willing to fix the roads in their area.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors regularly meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month.