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Plans for new Perry Township building in talks

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:56 a.m.

Perry Township supervisors will meet with McMillen Engineering and a construction manager next week to discuss plans to construct a township building behind the current 100-year-old structure.

“We've outgrown our current building, and we're trying to find out what we can afford if we construct a new office building and garage,” said township Supervisor Janet Galla. “We're trying to figure out what we want and what we can afford.”

Chairman A.J. Boni said the township needs to construct a new building because the current structure is in “pretty bad shape.”

“We're going to meet with construction managers that could possibly oversee the work,” Boni said. “We're also meeting with McMillen Engineering to help us to decide what is needed and what we can afford.”

The supervisors said they have no idea how much it will cost to construct a building.

The current building is part of the historic Perry Foundry, which was built more than a century ago, Boni said.

“The township bought the building in the later 1950s or early 1960s and converted it into a township building,” he said.

About three or four years ago, Boni said the township purchased four acres of land behind the building at an approximate cost of $35,000.

Galla said the property was taken by eminent domain, and the former structure that was declared unsafe was demolished.

Boni said the township plans to construct its building on that site.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Announced that the Layton Bridge will be closed 24 hours a day from July 7 to July 10.

• Notified the public that seal coating work is expected to begin Monday on Memorial Drive. Motorists should expect traffic delays during the road project.

• Scheduled a meeting with PennVEST to discuss a proposed water-line extension project on Banning Road.

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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