BELLEVILLE - The Union Township Board of Supervisors held a hearing Monday evening to hear residents' concerns about the re-zoning of West Main Street.
Jacob and Juanita Peachey, both of whom recently moved to Belleville, were the only residents to come and voice concerns. The Peacheys own one of 10 residences affected by this re-zoning and are worried about how this could affect their property values.
"Right after we moved in our neighbors started telling us about this," said Juanita. "It seemed to us like it may have already been a done deal."
Board chairman Richard Dailey said this process has lasted at least a year and a half and the proposal is consistently changing because of the area it would affect.
"We have to have areas to allow small businesses to grow," Dailey said. "This is a good move for the township. We want the valley the way it is as much as possible, but if we don't allow businesses to grow, then they leave and all we have is residential."
Dailey said this change would not change property taxes and would not negatively affect property values.
Once a final decision is made, the board will send a letter to each of the 10 residences who will be affected.
The board also heard and approved plans for a new business to be built near Kish Bank. The proposed business is a Sharp Shopper, which is a chain of grocery outlet stores based in Lancaster. The board approved the plans conditionally based on final approval through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on the possible changes to the road, and possibly adding a traffic signal.
Sharp Shopper representatives Dick Stoll and Dennis Sharp said now that the board has approved the plans, construction could begin as early as this month.
In other business, the board:
Accepted changes to the William Swarey property, to separate his land into two plots, one to be owned by Swarey and the other to his son.
Passed Resolution 2013-13 to finalize the purchase of Union Elementary School from Mifflin County School District
Heard updates on Spring Run Bridge and decided to get better prices to fix the bridge from Dan Taptich
Approved tax exoneration requests
Approved to refurbish two safes at the Union Township Police Department, with the help of the sewer authority
Tentatively adopted a budget which will be available for the public to review until Dec. 23
The Union Township Board of Supervisors meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Union Township Office. Due to the public viewing of the budget for approval, the next meeting will be held on Dec. 23.