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The North Annville Township Board of Supervisors on Monday, Jan. 8, discussed the BlueScope Buildings expansion plan, resident access to the Annville Township Drop-Off Center and an update regarding the Lebanon Solar I LLC appeal.

Following recommendations from the North Annville Township Planning Commission and the Lebanon County Planning Department, supervisors unanimously voted to defer the BlueScope Buildings’ expansion project to Annville Township.

BlueScope Buildings’ property is evenly split between North Annville and Annville townships. Annville Township has previously handled all business with BlueScope Buildings.

North Annville Township residents will now be permitted to utilize Annville Township’s Drop-Off Center for recycling in 2024. The drop-off center is undergoing renovations that will be completed in March. The drop-off center is located at 675 W. Main St., Annville.

The drop-off center will use an electronic card reader system for entry. Cards for residents of North Annville Township and other external municipalities cost $200 for access in 2024, while the price for Annville Township residents is $50. Applications for entry cards can be submitted at the Annville Town Hall at 36 N. Lancaster St. beginning March 1. A full list of acceptable items for drop-off will be posted on the Annville Township website. 

North Annville Township solicitor Paul Bametzreider reported that Judge Bradford H. Charles is set to review the Lebanon Solar I LLC appeal and will offer a decision by the end of the month.

In May 2022, Lebanon Solar I’s conditional-use application for the construction of 484 acres of solar panels was denied by North Annville Township for the plan’s failure of compliance with six of eight conditional-use requirements. Lebanon Solar I appealed the township’s decision.

Following Judge Charles’s decision, either party may appeal to the Commonwealth Court.

Cohen Law Group, a law firm based in Pittsburgh that specializes in cable franchising, performed an audit on the 2023 Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement. No problems were found in the audit.

Following the audit, Cohen Law Group negotiated a new agreement with Comcast for 2024. The supervisors will discuss the proposed agreement at the February meeting.

The supervisors also discussed the following topics:

  • ELA Group Inc. has not yet completed the Clear Spring Road speed limit analysis report. Bametzreider and the supervisors plan to review the report once it is finalized, then consider moving forward with changes and restrictions.
  • North Annville Township is not currently prepared to appoint Traffic Planning and Design Inc. as a township agent. If the appropriate agreements are created, the township will consider next steps in the future.
  • Minutes for the 2024 reorganization meeting are available on the township website.
  • The zoning hearing board will meet regarding Country Lane Furniture’s proposed expansion. The tentative meeting date is Feb. 6. More information regarding the meeting will be posted on the township website.
  • The North Annville Township 2023 audit will be held on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at 1020 N. Route 934.
  • The Emergency Services Advisory Committee reported that bylaws for the North Annville Fire Company are being revised. 
  • Cleona Borough Police Chief Jeffrey J. Farneski reported that there were approximately 40 calls for service in December.
  • Motions to approve the December meeting minutes, treasurer’s report and pay the monthly bills were unanimously approved. 

The Board of Supervisors of North Annville Township meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the Union Water Works Social Hall at 2875 Waterworks Way and are open to the public. Next month’s meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 12.

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Jess Benninger is a reporter for LebTown. She is currently earning a bachelor's degree in English at Lebanon Valley College. When she is not writing, she enjoys hiking, listening to music and learning new things.


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