Franconia Township farmland preserved
More than 70 acres on three farms will remain farmland forever if three agreements given by the Franconia Township Board of Supervisors Aug. 20 are completed.
The one is already a done deal, with the board authorizing that $44,998.66 be paid to help buy the development rights on about 19 acres at the Leon and Ruth Detwiler farm on Creamery Road.
The township is paying 15 percent of the total costs, with the state and the county funding the rest, Kevin Baver, township manager, said.
The board also said it was willing to put in $130,429 as its share for similar conservation easements on the Robert Landis and Chad Yoder farms on Morwood Road. At the Landis farm, 35 acres would be preserved, while the Yoder one has about 25 acres, but only 18.5 acres are in Franconia, with the rest in Lower Salford, Baver said.
Those are not yet done deals, though.
“There’s no guarantee these will happen. This is just the first step based on appraisals the farm board has taken action on,” Baver said.
In a separate matter, during the work session preceding the regular business meeting, Barry Wert, Franconia’s engineer, reviewed the planned response to federal and state requirements that towns reduce the amount of sediment going into waterways. The requirements are meant to reduce pollution.
In the past, local towns have protested that the requirements will be costly
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“We don’t have to have a detailed design at this point. What we need to say is how we intend to meet our allocations,” Wert said. “A year from now we have to give specifics.”
He said he is recommending that the township use reforestation projects, stream bank restoration and buffer areas at streams to meet the requirements.
“It certainly looks like you’re on the right track,” board member Keith Freed said.