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New CVS proposed to Chestnuthill Township supersvisors for Mt. Effort

Published June 08. 2010 05:00PM

The building of a new CVS Pharmacy and retail space is being proposed by Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy, LLC at the site of the former Gold Star Diner at the intersection of Rt. 115 and State Road in Mt. Effort.

There are no plans to close the CVS located at Rt. 115 in Brodheadsville.

Eric Schock, attorney for CVS, addressed the Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors at their meeting last week. He requested a waiver to approve preliminary final plans until June 30.

Christopher McDermott, township engineer, told him the well must be moved first and Schock said it would be as soon as permits are approved.

The new CVS would have 13,225 square feet and the retail space would be 3,600 square feet.

The two proposed properties are being referred to as a condominium in that they would share water, sewer and storm water on the site. Someone else can own the retail space separate from CVS. That shared infrastructure would be stated in the agreement.

Carl Gould, II, supervisor chairman, said that the board would not sign plans until they receive all money and fees. Schock replied that CVS does not close until they receive final plan approval. Gould then reiterated what he said about not signing plans until all monies have been received because it's just good business.

Seemingly at an impasse, Schock finally said, "I'm sure we can arrange it."

The waiver was approved, by all three supervisors, Gould, David Fleetwood and Christopher Eckert. The board then held a public hearing on the official township map updates.

Township solicitor Joesph McDonald, stated that the township had adopted an official map in 2004 and two years later adopted an amended map. It was through recommendations from staff and residents that the map should be amended again, due to many changes that have been made in the last four years.

Twenty separate properties were notified of changes but two were inadvertently listed in error. One was a three-acre parcel owned by Chestnuthill Township and the other 3.69 acreage of Curt and Nanette Gower, where no changes were effected since 2006.

Dave Albright, township manager, said the township's Planning Commission approved the 2010 official map with a 5-0 vote.

He said the reasons for the map changes is because of property changes, such as the Rudy Blatt acreage of 43.9 property now being qualified for ag security.

"Most of the types of changes are primarily open space properties," he said.

Resident Robert Baker asked if there were no lands being reclassified to address the area's highway's properties.

"That's correct," Supervisor Chairman Carl Gould said, adding that of the 13 intersections noted on the old map, they are also on the new map.

The hearing was then closed and a vote will be taken at the July 6th meeting at 7 p.m. to approve/disapprove the 2010 official township map.

In other business:

• The board approved purchasing a self propelled industrial vacuum, (a Billy Goat) for $3,145 from Stout's Mower Service. The board thinks it is a good idea for clean up and will be probably used about 75 percent of the time at the transfer station and 25 percent at the park and basketball court. It also mulches and chops.

Supervisor Eckert said he saw one being operated at the Rite Aid and thought it worked really well and Supervisor Fleetwood saw one at Weiss Markets and thought it was a good idea for the township to have one.

• The board approved the General Fund total disbursements of $159,830.23.

• Bernie Kozen gave a report on what is going on at Chestnuthill Township Park. He said the Reptile Party held at the park, Saturday, May 29 was well attended with about 100 children and adults.

The summer volleyball league is a go with 14 currently registered. The games will be held on Thursdays from June 10 to Aug. 12. A Zumba fitness program will be held on Wednesdays from July 7-Aug. 18.

There is a one-week preschool camp from July 19-23 and a one-week Environmental Camp from July 26-30.

One can contact Kozen for further details at 570-992-9733.

Kozen also thanked Supervisor Eckert for his help in the park acquiring an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

• The board approved making a $250 donation to the Brodhead Water Shed Association.

Resident Robert Baker wanted to know if the board budgeted this donation and if they knew the funds they donate to organizations are being used for the purposes they are asked for.

Gould said the funds are budgeted and the township has been giving this donation to the Brodhead Water Shed Association for years.

Baker said he just didn't want the public to think the township had a "slush fund."

Gould said he understood what he was saying "but we don't hand out funds to anyone who does not provide a public service."

• A resident expressed his appreciation to Supervisor Fleetwood's endeavors to see a Chestnuthill Township Historical Society is formed.

• In a special supervisors' meeting held on Friday, May 7 at 8 a.m. at the township municipal building, in a 2-0 vote, a burn ban was lifted, effective immediately. In a motion made by Dave Fleetwood and seconded by Chris Eckert, with a 2-0 vote, it was approved to grant authority to Dave Albright and/or Cathy Martinelli, township office manager, to put a burn ban on or off as necessary with advice from the West End Fire Company.

• There was a special supervisors' meeting held on May 17 at 7:30 a.m. for the purpose to pay bills, which was approved 3-0.

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