Canton of Pequea. supervisors approve stormwater, land use plans and grant waivers for new self-storage business | Community News

When: Pequea Township Supervisors Meeting, April 20.

What happened: Supervisors discussed plans for a self-storage facility on the south side of West Penn Grant Road, just west of Route 272 South. The council granted a long list of waivers and approved the stormwater and land development plan for West Penn Grant Road Self Storage. The council also granted conditional approval for the facility’s sewer plan at the request of the owner, who cited pressure from his bank.

Background: Township officials confirm the plan has been thoroughly reviewed by the township planning commission and zoning officer Mark Deimler. On Deimler’s advice, the council filed a decision on the planning module and took no action on a traffic study. On January 26, the township planning commission approved the planning module of the state environmental protection department. Around this time, owner Dan Murphy and Todd Shoaf of Pioneer Management told planners they were working on water and sewer approvals. The plan involved the construction of six enclosed storage buildings to be constructed on the 6.1 acre parcel. Solanco Engineering issued a review letter Feb. 5 on the final sewer and stormwater management plans.

Next steps: Both Shoaf and Murphy appeared on April 20 to ask supervisors for a decision letter to send to the Department of Environmental Protection. They will be back in May to discuss sewer and traffic studies.

Quoteable: “The Township of Pequea has always had a reputation for taking stormwater seriously,” Board Chairman Harry Lehman said before reviewing the list of waivers.

Donations from firefighters: Council voted to donate $61,000 to the two township fire companies, to be shared equally.

Pandemic Relief Money: The council voted to purchase two additional police tasers using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Pequea originally planned to buy two Tasers from the general fund, but got a better deal buying all four Tasers at the same time. Supervisors also voted to upgrade to more secure WiFi and set aside $6,000 to do so, and they passed a resolution to purchase a backup generator with ARPA funds.

Assurance: As part of Pequea’s cybersecurity upgrade, the council voted to increase the township’s coverage from $250,000 to $1 million. The council also voted to increase the township’s liability insurance from $1 million to $2 million, through a combination of lower premiums and higher deductibles.

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