Dol­lar Gen­eral vari­ances ap­proved by Amity Twp.

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Board of Su­per­vi­sors an­nounced Sept. 21 that the Zon­ing Board has ap­proved two of three vari­ances needed for a Dol­lar Gen­eral to open along Route 422.

Those vari­ances are to re­duce the re­quired park­ing spa­ces from 61 to 30, and to in­crease the im­per­vi­ous sur­face from 60 per­cent to 65 per­cent on the 1.1 acre lot at 2859 Benjamin Franklin High­way (Route 422).

Both town­ship boards de­nied Dol­lar Gen­eral’s re­quest for a sign vari­ance for a 20-foot-high pole sign.

Town­ship or­di­nance re­quires a mon­u­ment sign of no more than 15 feet high and 160 to­tal square feet.

In other busi­ness, the su­per­vi­sors unan­i­mously ap­proved a 180-day time ex­ten­sion to April 19, 2017, for ap­proval of the Barry Shirey Turkey Farm land devel­op­ment plan.

Su­per­vi­sor Richard L. Gokey was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Be­sides the two, 700-foot-by63-foot wood-frame, metal roof and sid­ing, dirt f loor turkey houses, Shirey and his son, Michael will build a 40-foot-by-15foot-by- 6-foot high com­poster, with a con­crete apron.

The land devel­op­ment plans will also in­clude land­scap­ing plans for high-in­ten­sity buf­fers on the 75.68 acre prop­erty at 6359 Boy­er­town Pike, (Route 562), as well as a storm man­age­ment de­sign.

Su­per­vi­sors’ Chair­woman Kim­berly J. McGrath said the town­ship has not re­ceived no­tice of an ap­peal to the board’s Aug. 17 unan­i­mous con­di­tional ap­proval

of the turkey farm oper­a­tion.

Po­lice Chief An­drew J. Kensey told the su­per­vi­sors that De­tec­tive Jef­frey Smith will be sworn in as po­lice sergeant at the board’s Oct. 5 meet­ing.

Smith was hired as an of­fi­cer by the Amity Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment on March 1, 2002.

Kensey said Smith sat­is­fac­to­rily com­pleted all of the qual­i­fy­ing pre­req­ui­sites, in­clud­ing the writ­ten and oral ex­ams.

His pro­mo­tion will in­clude a 6-per­cent in­cre­men­tal salary in­crease.

Kensey an­nounced that the po­lice depart­ment has started a “Park and Walk Pro­gram” that will make po­lice more ac­ces­si­ble within the com­mu­nity.

“Of­fi­cers are get­ting out of their cars and walk­ing, es­pe­cially at the Red­ner’s Ware­house Mar­kets and Fine Wine & Good Spir­its stores (both in the Dou­glassville Shop­ping Cen­ter, Routes 422 and 662),” said Kensey.

He said a po­lice pres­ence is cur­rently needed in the area due to re­cent thefts.

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