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Washington Township welcomes several new businesses

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Several new businesses will be moving into Washington Township — and more could be on the way.

Supervisors on Thursday night approved a request for Rebecca Snyder to open His Hand Extended Ministries, a 3,100-square-foot shop for religious items in the Perrine Building on Pfeffer Road.

The store will be open from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Mondays and Tuesdays could be added.

Bill Gestner will open Gestner Auto Performance in Building 3 of a complex owned by Jason Harchuck near the state police station on Route 66.

Officials said Gestner can't store junked cars and needs to formulate an oil disposal agreement before opening in the 1,600-square-foot building.

Supervisors next month will consider a proposal by Calvin Creighton to open Hook It Up Towing & Repair on Turack Drive.

Creighton needs to install two retention ponds for stormwater runoff and submit a plot plan.

The shop will consist of a 48-by-60-foot building on a 5.5-acre lot.

Tom Carvell asked for a delay on his request to open an indoor remote control vehicle club at Harchuck's Building 4.

Supervisors are expected to act on Carvell's request in October.

Two township cell tower sites will be updated:

• A 280-foot high AT&T tower on Camp Nancy Road will add three antennas and six radio heads.

• A 164-foot high AT&T tower on Sportsman Drive will have three antennas removed and be replaced by antennas owned by three carriers.

Six radio heads will be added to the Sportsman Drive tower.

Washington Township has a cell tower ordinance that commingles equipment from different companies.

In another land use action involving a utility, supervisors gave the OK to Consol Energy Inc. to add three natural gas compressor units to what is known as the Mamont compressor.

The building will be expanded to a 40-by-158-foot structure and be manned at all times.

Township engineer Robert Grigas needs to approve the final site plan before expansion can begin.

In other business

• Residents were reminded that the annual Fort Hand Festival will be held at Kunkle Park on Sept. 21 and 22.

Saturday's activities will be augmented by a fireworks display.

Vendors are to call the township office at 724-727-3515 by Monday.

• The Washington/Bell Lions Club will hold its Halloween party at Kunkle Park at 5 p.m. Oct. 26; parade will begin at 6.

Following the parade, the Amateur Astronomers and the Lions Club will host a public stargazing party until midnight.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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