Mt. Joy OKs Amish Bugs Business Local news

The service to repair and assemble the horse-drawn Amish gods received approval on Thursday from Mount Joy officials.

Acting as a student council on urban zoning (ZHB), executives unanimously voted for the conditional use needed to allow Daniel King to establish a business at Hickory Road, 120.

The site, which includes an existing single-family residence and a large office building, is in the Baltimore Pike area, where business renovations do not require a special permit, said zoning and code enforcement officer Shannon Hare.

On the other hand, the installation aspect is a “light production” and therefore requires the provision of conditional use, said Hare during a public hearing convened in connection with the next meeting of supervision in the town building.

King said he and his children will be the only workers on the site, most of the work will be done in a 2,440-square-foot building, and most of the shelters will be out of sight of the road.

He said he plans to serve several Amish families who now live in the township and also, according to his projections, will eventually appear in the area.

In addition to assembly, King said he would take care of brakes, wheel bearings, design issues, lights and other needs.

The approval was related to some technical issues, such as liaison with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding permission to locate the highway.

No member of the public spoke orally during the meeting, but the board took note of six written comments submitted on the application.

For example, Lawrence McLaren of Updike Road wrote that “this type of business in the historic Baltimore Pike Corridor is a great choice and is aligned with the 2014 Mount Joy Comprehensive Plan and smart growth initiatives”.

“The recent addition of new Amish families who have moved to Mount Joy has revived agriculture in Adams County and provides support for large areas with traditional land use schemes through small farms and open spaces as well as residential use,” McLaren wrote. .

The decision was made after council members and their attorney left the boardroom for private deliberations, as Pennsylvania law allows for ZHB, which is considered a semi-judicial body. The conversation lasted about six minutes.

In other cases, the heads:

• Agreed that the public will again be allowed to attend meetings in person in light of the state’s recent easing of pandemic security measures. Meetings will continue to be available remotely as long as there is a reasonable demand for participation through digital means. The city office was never closed during the pandemic as officials continued to work, said chairman John Gormont. Supervisors agreed that the doors of the city building at 902 Hoffman Home Road will still be closed during operation as a security measure for staff, and members of the public should ring the doorbell to enter.

• Takes note of the request for amendments to the regulation on the zoning of solar energy facilities. Officials agreed to address the issue during future seminar meetings.

• Received information from city attorney Susan Smith about her further investigation into the complex rules of obtaining and spending nearly $ 392,000 that the township believes in pandemic recovery funds under the U.S. Federal Rescue Plans Act.

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