by Jonathan Weaver
Before Manor Township supervisors hear December’s business tomorrow night, two public hearings will be held.
The first, starting at 6:30PM, will be a public hearing regarding the right-of-way on Quay Street.
According to Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority Manager April Winklmann’s request before supervisors in August to abandon the roadway, half of the road would go to the Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority and half would go to the owner of 110 Railroad Dr.
The dead-end street also carries a 20-foot right-of-way.
The other property owner reportedly parks his vehicle on an unfinished portion of the roadway.
At the August meeting, Authority Chair Grant Kanish outlined the Authority’s planned usage.
“Our plan on the south side of the maintenance garage is to move our pipe yard, which is currently in the way of the construction,” Kanish said. “The more room we have, the better it would be for us.”
A pre-construction meeting was held at the beginning of November.
The second hearing – regarding a residential and business Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) designation – will begin about 15 minutes later.
Supervisors each received a draft resolution before last month’s meeting, and didn’t have any changes for Solicitor Andrew Sacco.
Supervisor Paul Rearick opened up discussion on the matter a few months ago.
“I feel it would stimulate growth in the township,” Rearick said in October. “I’m in favor of doing it township-wide, and to include commercial and residential properties – anybody who wants to do some improvement to their home.”
Unless there are objections from residents, Rearick hinted at approving the designation at the 7PM regular meeting.
The tax abatement designation would also have to be approved by Armstrong School District school board directors.
Parker City, areas of Rayburn Township, a portion of the Northpointe Industrial Park and the Parks Bend Farms Industrial Park in Leechburg are all other examples of LERTA properties in Armstrong County.
LERTA programs differ from a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) – like the ones found in the Manor Township Business Park along Route 66 and in the area surrounding the new Armstrong Junior-Senior High School on Buffington Road.
According to the County Industrial Development Council, KOZ areas offer completely-abated taxes for up to 10 years, allowing businesses to invest more into their own operations.
But, according to State legislation passed in 1977, a LERTA program allows for tax abatements to those starting new construction or making building improvements for up to 10 years on a graduating basis (such as an added 10 percent each year depending on the ordinance approved).