Shamokin Twp. wants to build on AOAA
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Township supervisors, hoping to capitalize on the establishment of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), will explore the possibility of creating a tax-free industrial zone at the former Kirsch manufacturing plant in Reed Industrial Park.
Supervisor John Klinger recommended Wednesday night that the zone be established to attract industry to the township that could be spawned by the AOAA, which officially opens Saturday.
Klinger cited the "Can Do Project" in Hazleton as an example of how an area can be drastically transformed by the creation of industry.
"The AOAA is big and it's only going to grow in the future," Klinger said. "You are talking about entrepreneurs from all over the world coming to the AOAA. I think we should pursue the matter more."
Klinger's fellow supervisors Greg Rachau and Paul Rapp agreed with Klinger's recommendation and will request Northumberland County planning director and AOAA authority member Pat Mack to attend next month's meeting to further to discuss the tax-free industrial zone.
Klinger said Mack told him he supports his recommendation 100 percent.
Klinger reported supervisors previously attempted to establish a tax-free incentive at the former Kirsch building, but failed to receive approval from Shamokin Area School District. He said the township and county were in favor of the idea, but school district officials were fearful the district would lose too much tax money by offering the incentive.
"It will benefit a lot of people if we can get a new business to come here," Klinger said.
In other business, an extensive discussion was held about possibly vacating a section of Rose Road.
Jeff Kurtz, owner of Jeff's Auto Body and Recycling Inc., whose property could be affected by vacating the road, said he's willing to work with his competitor and neighbor Dennis Stoneroad on the issue to save the township money even though he has several environmental concerns about Stoneroad's business.
"I think it's important to make this township a place where people will want to drive through, not around," he said. "I believe the township has to get more involved with environmental issues."
Solicitor Jim Bathgate said he will set up a meeting with Stoneroad's attorney Frank Garrigan, railroad officials and supervisors in an attempt to make an amicable decision about Rose Road.
Supervisors agreed to bid on a John Deere 5510 tractor with a mower Friday on the Municibid auction site.
Roadmaster Jon Clemens reported milling and pipe replacement will be conducted next week on Hosta and Old Reading roads.