Trailer business' potential move to Allegheny Township worries neighbors
Cooper's RV Center of Murrysville would like to expand its operation to Allegheny Township.
But the possible move has some neighbors concerned.
Supervisors Chairwoman Kathy Starr said on Wednesday night that she's received several phone calls from residents in the nearby Allegheny Woodlands plan saying that such a business would negatively impact their property values.
But before Keith Conard, Cooper's owner, can establish a footprint in Allegheny Township, he must get a conditional use permit from the township.
The proposed site — the former Trunzo's ice cream parlor and restaurant — is in a residential zone along Route 356.
Conard is expected to present a site plan to the township zoning hearing board on March 6.
That plan will be sent to Westmoreland County planning officials. A public hearing is set for April 8 before the township supervisors.
Under the township's code, no more than one-third of the site can be occupied by travel trailers.
Conard told Starr he plans to “dress up” the area with landscaping and rocks to try and develop a Western look.
Supervisors took no action on Wednesday night, but Starr and Supervisor Ren Steele both said they want to encourage businesses to locate in the township.
In other business
• Supervisors on Monday night are expected to approve buying a 2013 Ford Interceptor all-wheel-drive police car.
The vehicle will be bought through the state SHACOG program for about $23,500 by way of Tri-Star Motors, Blairsville.
The township will have to spend about $6,000 to add flashing lights and other add-ons because the police department's Ford Crown Victoria's police equipment can't be transferred to the new Interceptor.
Ford Motor Co. recently stopped producing Crown Victorias, popular with police departments for many years.
• Part-time police Officer Justin Bouch's resignation was accepted. Supervisors are expected to hire Jason Kerr, 41, of Bell Township as a part-time police officer at a rate of $13 per hour.
• A proposal to build a 30 foot-by-40 foot equipment storage building at the Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Company will be discussed on Monday.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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