Adams Township plans to slowly reopen park

Officials meet by conference call

May 20, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Adams Township supervisors met publicly on May 11 for the first time since early March, when they declared a local state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

With township officials and the public attending last week’s meeting via conference call, supervisors renewed a declaration of emergency and ratified all emergency meetings held in March, April and May.

Park reopening

Supervisors agreed to slowly reopen the township park, which started Friday.

Though township trails have been open during the state’s stay-at-home order, officials said the baseball field, basketball court and one playground will be accessible later this week.

Officials discussed other park improvements. New lights have been installed. Township manager Gary Peaco also expects new playground equipment to arrive this month. He hopes to have it installed no later than June.

Supervisor Chairman Russell Ford reported construction on park bathrooms is nearly completed. The public will have access to some amenities when the park reopens.

“We will have some sense of a bathroom open in the park,” Ford said.

Ford said an official opening policy would be drafted by township officials.

Ford also said township officials reserve the right to close the park if it’s not being appropriately used by the public when it comes to suggested pandemic safety guidelines.

Armco revisited

Supervisors revisited approved plans for an Armco Credit Union location in the Whitetail Meadow development across from Myoma Road near Scharberry Lane. The location is up the road from where the credit union now sits along Route 228.

The new site plan, which was first brought before the township’s planning commission in November 2019, underwent revisions following some “value engineering.”

The revisions mostly include a reworked sidewalk, according to project engineer Tony Clerici of Larson Design Group.

“The only changes are (at) the front,” Clerici said. “Just for efficiency.”

Clerici said the other change to the original plan is a “squared off” parking lot.

Township engineer Ron Olsen, in response to a question from Ford, said there were no concerns from the township’s perspective.

Clerici reminded officials the project already secured approval from both the planning commission and township supervisors. Any outstanding concerns on the township’s part were addressed in January.

“We just wanted to make sure the changes we made … were in front of you guys,” Clerici said.

Supervisors unanimously approved the development revisions.

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