Dec. 04Ross Township is ready to hold meetings in its newly refurbished meeting room, but the township supervisors say the proposal to build a new municipal building is still on.
The township had planned to construct a new municipal building after three people were killed at a supervisors' meeting in August.
On Sunday, Ross Township will hold the first public event since August in the room where the shooting occurred. The township recreation board will hold its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony starting at 4 p.m.
The supervisors also will resume meetings in the building in January, a decision made Monday night. The planning commission and zoning board have already scheduled meetings at the building.
"The building insurance came through, and now it's being repaired," township secretary Doris Price said. "The room is looking quite good."
Two supervisors who supported building a new meeting room, Tina Drake and Butch Kresge, supported the decision to return to the old building, Price said. Kresge refused comment Tuesday and Drake was unavailable.
Officials said the decision to meet at the old building does not mean that the supervisors have abandoned the new building project.
"No decision has been made on that issue," Price said Tuesday.
Board chairman Howard Beers said the debate over how to move forward from the shooting has been difficult and emotionally charged.
"There's a lot of emotion from people who were there," Beers said.
One month after the shooting, the board proposed building a new, 2,400 square-foot facility on land that is part of the VanBuskirk-Haney Park.
The new building hinges on the board's application for a $700,000 LSA grant which uses gambling revenue from Mount Airy Casino Resort to fund local projects.
"Sometimes you have to do things in a timely fashion," Beers said. "If we didn't apply, we couldn't (re-apply) for a whole year."
The township supervisors have been holding meetings at the Chestnuthill Township municipal building for the last four months. Meanwhile, township staff resumed working in the building shortly after the tragedy.
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