South Middleton Township supervisors tackled a number of items on Thursday night, ranging from a housing development subdivision to proposed surveillance cameras at intersections to a connector road traffic study.
Township supervisors approved a final subdivision plan on Thursday for Phase 4A of the Netherby development at Lindsey Road. The plan involves dividing a 14.1-acre parcel into individual lots for 28 single-family homes in a residential moderate density, or RM township zone.
“It’s a fairly straightforward plan. We’re just extending several streets,” said engineer Michael Wadel of Diffenbaugh Wadel Inc., of Newville.
Wadel said he expects home construction for Phase 4A will begin over the summer and could be completed by the end of 2019. After that, developers may pursue plans for Netherby’s Phase 4B, “but that depends on the market,” Wadel said. Phase 4B of the development would involve 14 single-family homes. Developers of phases 4A and 4B are the Diehl family.
So far, residents in existing portions of the Netherby development “are in fact, happy. It’s a pleasant experience to walk through there,” Supervisor Tom Faley said.
Also on Thursday, township supervisors accepted a feasibility study proposal from the Pennsylvania State Police to evaluate locations and pricing for surveillance cameras at intersections throughout the township. Carlisle and Shippensburg already use “a large number” of such cameras, township manager Cory Adams said.
“It’s not a red light camera. It would be more for recording activity at intersections,” Adams said, citing such instances as an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 30 at Kay Jewelers on Westminster Drive and motorists hitting traffic poles on numerous occasions.
If an agreement is finalized between the township and state police for the cameras, South Middleton would be responsible for the cost, while state police would monitor the cameras on web-based monitors.
Township supervisors also approved the submission of a transportation impact study for Heritage Village/Rose Business Park to the state Department of Transportation by Dawood Engineers. The study relates to a planned connector road between York and Trindle roads in the township.
In February 2017, South Middleton Township supervisors unanimously granted conditional approval for a preliminary subdivision plan of the York Road to Trindle Road Urban Connector Road submitted by Heritage Connector Road Inc. Last month, Dawood requested a conditional approval letter from the township for the traffic impact study because it was required by PennDOT before any permits for the project could be issued.
The submission approved by township supervisors to PennDOT on Thursday includes additional comments from township engineer Brian O’Neill of Rettew Associates Inc., who cited a need for “right-in, right-out” accesses with no left turns for all planned entrances on Fairview Street. O’Neill also voiced concerns about vegetation affecting sight distance at Springville and York roads. He also said it was the responsibility of the developer and not the township to obtain easements from property owners.
Developers were awarded a $2.6 million state multimodal grant for the project, which was estimated to cost around $6.6 million in 2017. Township officials said on Thursday, however, that developers could possibly apply for a time extension of up to two years to utilize grant money.
“This has gone on for years. I was hoping the grants would drive (the developers) to completion, but now I’m not so sure I’m going to see this in my lifetime,” said Faley, who is retiring from the board in December after more than two decades. “We’ve been supporting them all along.”
Finally, township supervisors gave a go-ahead for the township to request a state Department of Environmental Protection Act Municipal Recycling Program grant for $300,000. The money would help the township finance a new dump truck chasis and body, frontloader and a leaf machine.