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West Cornwall Township’s purchase of a historic property on Main Street, Quentin, is on schedule for settlement on Thursday, May 23.

Supervisors reported in April that they had entered into an agreement to purchase 67 W. Main St. for $256,000. The property at the corner of Zinns Mill Road and state Route 419 includes a stone building and black-topped parking area.

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“We’ll be taking $160,000 from CD investments and the rest from general funds,” said supervisor David Lloyd at supervisors’ meeting on Monday in response to a question about the source of the funds for the purchase.

Township engineer Jeff Steckbeck estimated renovations could cost between $160,000 and $200,000, which prompted township resident Otto Leinhauser to ask also about those funds.

“That’s our money you are using,” Leinhauser said. “Everyone would like to know.”

Supervisors are waiting until the purchase is finalized to discuss renovations and how to pay for them, said supervisor Dennis Tulli.

“We don’t own it yet,” Tulli added. “We have had enquiries from people to lease the building — maybe the lessee would put money into rehabilitation.”

Steckbeck also reported on the hearing for a conditional-use permit by developer Quentin Associates for the former Quentin Riding Club. The May 7 hearing was continued until 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the township building, where the developer’s traffic engineer will provide testimony about traffic impacts.

Public comment could follow depending upon the length of the traffic engineer’s testimony, Steckbeck said.

In other business, supervisors will consider a resolution at their June meeting to set penalties for violations of the township’s property maintenance code that addresses general upkeep of residential and commercial properties.

When supervisors adopted the code in July 2023, they didn’t set fines and penalties or an appeal process for property owners cited for violations.

Steckbeck, who also serves as the township’s code enforcement officer, reported that he had received six new property-related complaints in the last month.

“Moving forward, we need to make sure that complaints are being responded to in an appropriation fashion, and this should be done by resolution,” said Eric Gibson, township solicitor.

Supervisors also voted to authorize a traffic study for a right turn lane entry to Gretna Springs for an estimated cost of $1,000. Gretna Springs is located on state Route 72 south of the entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

West Cornwall Township supervisors meet at 73 S. Zinns Mill Road on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held June 10. These meetings are open to the public and do not require registration.

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