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Girty's Run Join Water Authority authority could get Shaler fire department land

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bethany Hofstetter | Shaler Journal
The parcel of land adjacent to Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department, in Shaler Township, which currently is used for event parking, might soon be divided to into two to allow Girty’s Run Joint Sewer Authority to purchase one parcel for the construction of a proposed unmanned station.

A parcel of land next to Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department is the focus of a new potential development for Girty's Run Joint Water Authority.

The Shaler Township Planning Commission will recommend to the township Board of Commissioners to allow the fire department to subdivide an adjacent property it owns, which will allow for the sale of a portion of the property to the water authority.

“Girty's has an agreement with the fire department to subdivide, to purchase and to build an unmanned maintenance facility,” said Emile Ketterer, an engineer with NIRA Consulting Engineers, who is working on the project. The 1.3-acre property currently is the site of the fire department's event parking lot. The subdivision will create two lots — one 0.68 acres and the other 0.62 acres — with the department retaining the smaller lot.

Girty's Run Joint Water Authority has outgrown its facility on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township, and is looking at the new space to house some of its vehicles.

Terry Brown, a member of the township planning commission, said the subdivision is “step one” of the process for Girty's Run Joint Water Authority's new development.

Ketterer said the water authority will submit a land development plan to Shaler Township as early as next month.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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