South Middleton Township supervisors approved developer and connection agreements on Thursday night for extending a public waterline from the South Middleton Township Authority to the Breeches at Allenberry in Monroe Township, bringing the 128-home development a step closer to construction.
The action comes just days after the Monroe Township supervisors and the Monroe Township Authority approved the same agreements on Sept. 25. The agreements will be finalized if and when the South Middleton Authority grants its approval on Oct. 9 after months of negotiations between all parties. Project developer is Trinity MSB.
The housing development will be built next to the newly renovated Allenberry Resort in Monroe Township, which also was developed by Trinity MSB.
Allenberry Resort is connected to public water through the South Middleton Township Municipal Authority. Two wells also are located on the property, but the existing waterline is considered too small to extend and use to service around 128 homes.
Earlier this year, Monroe Township residents living near the Breeches at Allenberry site told municipal officials that they didn’t want more wells drilled in an area that is prone to sinkholes. Residents said that servicing the Breeches at Allenberry through wells would deplete the wells of existing homes in the area.
The new developer agreement “guarantees” that Trinity MSB will pay the South Middleton Authority $412,000 now and an additional $412,000 two years later, South Middleton Supervisor Bryan Gembusia said on Thursday. The payments are considered nonrefundable whether Breeches at Allenberry is built or not.
The connection agreement relates to the technical aspects of the developer agreement, said Monroe Township Supervisor Philip Kehoe, who attended Thursday’s meeting. Kehoe said the extended public waterline will benefit Monroe Township by initiating growth.
“This is a great example of two townships working together on a matter of great complexity,” South Middleton Supervisor Tom Faley said.
After 10 years of delays relating to sewer and water agreements, Trinity MSB would like to seel bids from construction contractors for the project as “quickly as possible,” Kehoe said.
Also on Thursday, South Middleton supervisors agreed for the township to issue a letter of intent stating that South Middleton and Monroe will work together to evaluate the Monroe Authority’s system in consideration of consolidating with the larger South Middleton system.
Also, Kehoe said that the Allenberry Resort is considering initiating a chef apprentice program using high school students from the Cumberland Valley and South Middleton school districts.
Finally, the South Middleton Supervisors approved a vehicle weight limit of 7 tons for the Zion Road Bridge. Officials said they hope this will discourage trucks from using this as a shortcut from state Route 74 to the Land ‘O’Lakes plant. Signs warning about the new weight limit will be posted on Route 74.