The Wyoming County Planning Commission met last Wednesday (Jan. 15) and approved three time extension requests on construction projects throughout the county.
Up first was an event center at the Silver Springs Ranch in Monroe Township. The developers intend to build an event venue that complements the horse racing track on the premises. County planner Lynnelle Farber said the developers had requested a 90-day extension, which she believed was their third such request. It was unanimously approved, with commission member Jim Davis absent from the meeting.
The developers of the Meshoppen Car Wash which is to be sited between Church and Sterling streets where the old Tyler Hospital stood in Meshoppen Borough also received unanimous approval for a 90-day extension. The planners got their first look at plans for the proposed car wash in August and formal plans were submitted in October.
Farber said Wednesday that she had received the first round of comments from the county’s engineer and the developers are addressing them.
The Lake Carey Wastewater Treatment Plant to be built on Billings Mill Road in Tunkhannock Township also received unanimous approval for a 90-day extension. Farber said the first review by the county engineer was completed and comments were done, and the planning office is awaiting revisions.
Bids on the treatment plant are expected later this winter with possible construction to begin as early as June 1 with a completion date expected around Oct. 1, 2021.
The planners also received updates on several projects around the county:
*The Meshoppen Dollar General apparently is not to be, Farber said, with Meshoppen Borough Council revealing at a recent meeting that the applicant had withdrawn its plan. Farber said she believed the issue was that the Department of Environmental Protection was requesting an NPDES permit that included underground retention pond. She said it is her understanding that Dollar General will continue to look for another suitable site in the borough.
*Skyline Estates in Nicholson Township informed the planning office that improvements to roads were complete and a site inspection is expected soon so a release of credit can be satisfied.
*The Unity Plaza Project - adjacent to the southeast corner of the WalMart parking lot in Eaton Township has met conditional approval and Farber said she would not be surprised to see development soon.
*Tunkhannock Ford Dealership in Eaton Township was under review. There will be a township hearing on Jan. 29 to address whether the developers’ plans needed to be revised. Original plans called for access via Village Lane, but Eaton supervisor Paul Rowker who was in the audience said that PennDOT has requested access via a state road (Rt. 29), rather than a township road (as in Village Lane). Because the plan clearly spells out pending PennDOT approval, Rowker believes the original plan approved will likely stand.
*Eaton Hills in Eaton Township (lots 96-98) was approved by the planning body so escrow could be released.
*Stonehedge Golf Course Pavilion addition in Tunkhannock Township received preliminary approval for additions on both sides of the pavilion.
Farber acknowledged there was one vacancy on the commission, and at the front end of the meeting she conducted an annual re-organization with officers from last year to retain their posts with Randy Ehrenzeller to remain as chairman.
Farber also spoke about the Wyoming County Greenways, Trails & Open Space Plan with a steering committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Wyoming County Emergency Operations Building at 3880 Rt. 6 East, Tunkhannock.
She also spoke about Round 3 of the Marcellus Legacy Fund mini grants whose application deadline closes Feb. 17.
Farber also had info about facade grants being made available thanks to the Route 6 Alliance. She said there would be a meeting Feb. 3 at the Dietrich Theater explaining the program, and application deadline of March 1, and an awarding of grants by April 15 with their completion by Sept. 30.
Those interested could call her office at 570-996-2268.