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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - March 30, 2007, Bedford, PennsylvaniaEstablished 1812 193rd year no 31 March 30 2007 uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents township advertises Turbine ordinance by Sharyn Maust Gazette managing editor Bedford township has approved advertising a wind Turbine ordinance which was described by one participant in the lengthy preparation As not Likely to please everyone the supervisors voted 30 tuesday afternoon to Adver Tise an ordinance that was revised for at least the fourth time to include recommendations made by an advisory committee two weeks ago the biggest change prob ably was to restore the requirement of a setback from property lines of nonparticipating landowners but the wording remained vague on items such As turbines affect ing the View and the require ment for a Baseline noise study to be used if there Are complaints residents will have 30 Days once the ordinance is advertised to submit comments supervisors chairman Ker Mit Frazier said he expects any further changes to be minimal he said after the Jne eting i made up my mind that we were going to Adver Tise it this month were advertising and its going to go Frazier said that Over the months the turbines have been debated Hes come to believe that local controls Are needed with turbines the same As with other forms of development but he also still opposes telling owners what they can do with their proper ties he said other townships in the county with ridges that Are potential Turbine Sites apparently have been waiting to see the outcome in Bedford township some reconsider ing ordinances the same or similar to be Fords Richard Buterbaugh who chaired the Volunteer commit tee that compared the pro posed ordinance to the town ships comprehensive plan said he feels the supervisors took our recommendations to heart they incorporated All of them he said the ordinance probably wont please every pne but he Felt it does address Many of both sides concerns but the save our Allegheny ridges soar group said the ordinance remains weak Mike Jackson said he particularly thought the setbacks along with the View shed Runoff and Bird Impact were weak Jackson said the latest ver Sion of the ordinance want available even to the supervisors until tuesday afternoon so he didst feel they had time to thoroughly review it they dont have to consider our comments but we will sub Mit More of them and we encourage others to do so we Arent giving up and we want to see people informed on tur Bines Jackson said before the vote to advertise Neal Buterbaugh presented the supervisors with written comments and provisions soar wants to see incorporated on the other Side of the debate Sam Enfield of Energy company ppm said he thinks the ordinance is protective of the local people More than Pennsylvania state association of township supervisors one on issues like sound setbacks decommissioning and Road bonding Enfield said he Hast Ana lazed How the latest draft will Impact the Sites his company has been studying on Evitta Mountain but i think we can go Forward under the Ordi Nance he said he Hast dealt with any local Ordi yet on developing tur Bines Only with a new one that West Virginia recently put in place Jim Webb who owns land on the Mountain and has a tease with ppm for he thought the ordinance continued on Page 5 schools choose superintendents Thompson promoted by Sharyn Maust Gazette managing editor Bedford area school Board swiftly filled the position of superintendent tuesday selecting assistant superintendent Glenn Thompson to take Over the Job july 1 Thompson will succeed Patrick Crawford who submitted his letter of retirement last week the Board accepted Crawford notice tuesday and minutes later proposed Thompson for the position on a 70 vote the Job description fou year contract and salary were included in the same motion Crawford said Thompson has been a great credit to the District and will be a great superintendent on Page 5 Thompson Ridge hires Kimmel by Josh Kowalkowski Gazette staff writer Fishertown the Chestnut Ridge school District went to Somerset county to find its next superintendent Joseph k Kimmel 35 of Hooversville was appointed to the position to replace retiring superintendent Tom Otis after a 5 4 vote from the school Board at a special meeting on tuesday Kimmel who is now pursuing a doctorate at Perm state University has spent the last seven years As principal of Shade Central City High school in Cairnbrook he received his superintendents letter of eligibility from Penn state in 2005 his three year contract at Chestnut Ridge begins july 1 and on Page 5 Kimmel now the red Ensign is flying Gazette Claycomb Ehr Ron Markwood left and Glenden Casteel hold a colonial red Ensign Flag that is now flying Over the fort Bedford Wall replacing the British Flag that has drawn a lot of controversy in recent weeks we really haunt wanted to offend anyone Markwood said but it was the Only Flag we could get at the time the Union Jack was a gift from the British embassy in Washington where Markwood originally had requested a Flag donation after hearing about the Flag controversy Todd Greenawalt a Snake Spring Valley resident and a member of the Bedford county historical society donated this pre1800 Flag to be flown Markwood said the historical society has had a Flag on order but its not known when it might arrive Snake Spring argues turbines by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor a proposed wind farm Ordi Nance for Snake Spring town ship will undergo one More review before the supervisors approve a final Public review and probable adoption later this Spring a draft ordinance submitted wednesday Drew some Sharp exchanges from those with differing views members of a committee organized to come up with a draft ordinance attended the meeting and two of them argued on the merits of the ordinance presented the six Page ordinance pro posed sets up application and permit fees an application review process penalties for violations and appeals process the ordinance would run for 20 years from the Date it is adopted and set up standards for decommissioning design maintenance repairs and replacement lighting and setbacks one of the most controversial provisions of wind turbines ordinances around the Region the turbines would have to be no less than 2500 feet from the nearest school hos Pital Church Public Library or nonparticipating residence a nonparticipating Resi Dence would be owned by those who dont have a lease agreement with the Developer or permitted for participating Resi Dence or one owned by some one who has a lease the Ordi Nance Calls for a setback of at least 600 feet from the Turbine unless a waiver is signed however the statute goes on to say in no event shall the setback distance be less than 11 times the total height of the wind Turbine Generator measured at the highest Point of the Blade tip the ordinance also regu lates Decibel Levels and Light ing for the structures committee member Beth Anderson submitted a list of 29 changes she wanted the township supervisors to con Sider before adoption some changes were relatively Small but she requested a greater setback distance for nonparticipating property owners Dwight Diehl the town ships attorney and township resident took exception to Andersons proposed changes Tell me one place in Snake Spring township that could meet All the requirements there int one he said to Anderson she asked whether fellow committee members who have been meeting since last fall and the township super visors would consider one More meeting to review the draft but Gary Trivelpiece also a committee member expressed his irritation we did All that work and we had a draft and youre try ing to Back door it now you come in at the last minute with a Bunch of demands he said another committee member who declined to be identified said he believed the final draft had to have unanimous backing from the committee he urged committee members to meet one More time in the interest of the township Laura Jackson of save our continued on Page 5 Fairfield inn to be built at interchange by Josh Kowalkowski Gazette staff writer a new million hotel will be coming to Bedford town ship next year according to the firm that brokered the Deal the Deal broker construction on an 85room Marriott Fairfield inn suites Between eds Steak House and Long John silvers on business route 220 will begin late this summer said George Lulos vice president of cd Richard the projected opening Date for the hotel is next Spring the Deal broker cd Richard Ellis global inc Bills itself As the worlds largest commercial real estate services firm Lulos said thursday the Deal was reached a month ago Between plus one develop ment inc and Bedford hotel partners to build on a two acre site in a strategic location less than a mile from the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit plus one is the Bedford partnership of the Calhoun Hen Derson and Logue families Bedford hotel partners lists a Hanover address the Developer is sophisticated and knows where areas Are undeserved with hotels with modern amenities he said the new Fairfield will join a Host of other hotels by the Turnpike on business route 220 including the Best West Ern Bedford inn and budget Host inn Lulos said the hotel will Fea Ture the same Standard to of theline features at All fair Field operations the hotel will be managed by Usa management development inc an Ohio firm which also operates two Gettysburg hotels a 152room courtyard and a 248room Wyndam they have four other hotels in development in continued on Page 8 Penn Dot Springs Road on schedule by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor the approach of april Means something important for construction workers their Busy season is Here its just in time for the million business route 220 realignment project at Bedford Springs hotel Dave Wolfhope state transportation depart ment project manager said the project is still on target to be completed in May although he said theres plenty of work to Complete on the piece of Road when bids were opened last july the project schedule said the Road would be done in May were working diligently to meet that schedule Wolfhope said the major excavation work is completed and nearly All of the dynamite no is out of the Way one or More very minor blasts Are scheduled but the major blasting has been completed Wolfhope said the Road cant be completed soon enough said Bedford county emergency services director David Cubbison since the construction started during Early october Emer gency response Crews have had to plan southbound routes around the project for the areas of the Springs Sweet Root Road old 220 and Teaberry Road so far there have been no complications from the detours Crews have had to take to those areas there were two minor fire Calls to the Springs project itself although Crews were called off in route Cubbison said also Bedford apparatus has been continued on Page 5 Gazette Coyle new Enterprise Stone Wjk Lime continues work cutting and filling to move old route 220 behind the Bedford Springs hotel
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