JUNE 5, 2017
There were 57 people in attendance at the meeting (THANK YOU!).
First item on the agenda was for the Board to hold an official Hearing. This was to pass the Zoning Ordinance Amendment. (Public Notice on April 10th 2017) Dan Becker, Solicitor reviewed the changes as proposed and the Board passed it unanimously. In short, they have removed the ability to have any kind of warehousing or storage in a commercially zoned district *AND* Warehousing in the industrial zoned districts are subject to Section 503.34 (Special Exception).
YAY for our Township!
Mr. Yenser was upset by the ordinance changes as he has a buyer for his 73 acre plot of land in the commercial district and the intention of the buyer was to build warehousing.
Dean Bruno was on the agenda to speak and he did not attend the meeting so we do not know what he wanted to bring to the BoS.
There was nothing new from the Crossroads X Warehouse Project and their extension is valid through July 31, 2017. The owners of the property were in attendance at the meeting.
They had reviewed the three website propsals and have chosen to go with NE Studio to update and keep current the Greenwich Township website. YAY! We should see an updated website very shortly with information posted on a regular basis.
Due to the contradictory nature of the Ambulance propsals, the BoS has decided to forward the two submitted proposals to Berks County (Mr. Godshall) for review and advice on how to proceed.
DEP has approached the Township about putting into place a 537 plan for sewage control. This matter was discussed intensively with the residents in attendance. Basically, DEP wants a plan put into place (example, could be something as simple as residents have to empty their septic systems once every 3 years or could be something as extensive as annual testing and fining for failing systems.) The Township has been resistant to putting a plan in place as the costs are high, in the 6 figures, to design and implement a 537 plan. The township offered DEP to attend this public meeting and DEP refused.
Which brought up the question. Greenwich Residents requested a public meeting with DEP regarding the parcel of land proposed for Crossroads X. Dan Becker states that getting DEP to give us a public meeting is highly unlikely. We (the residents) need to push DEP to give us a public meeting regarding the wildlife that will be affected by the warehouse construction and ultimate pollution from diesel fumes and traffic dust that will be generated once the warehouse is up and running. I will start an investigation into getting their attention.
Two State Police officers attended the meeting to reach out to the Residents. One of the concerns that came up was the tractor trailer traffic on Rt 737 and that they do not obey the speed limits and other posted signs. The PSP states they will setup a radar sometime in the near future to monitor traffic. it was suggested to setup by Three Mile House.
The BoS retired to chambers to discuss financial matters before the meeting concluded.
There will not be a Planning Commission meeting on June 19, 2017 as there are not any new items to be reviewed at this time.
Next BoS meeting will be on Monday July 3, 2017.
MAY 15, 2017
We’re have been added to the agenda for the May 15, 2017 Planning Commission meeting. I have been in contact with these agencies for information and questions to add to this meeting. We will be filing some demands/petitions at this meeting. If you have not visited my home and signed your name to the “speaking for me” paper, please do so. The more names I have on that sheet, the louder our voice is at these meetings.
- PennDOT – Charles Davis
- PennDOT – Allison McCruen
- Berks County Planning Commission – Thomas McKeon
- Army Corps of Engineers – Robert Deems
- Department of Environmental Protection (Office of Dana Aunkst)
- Department of Environmental Protection (Office of George Hartenstein)
MAY 1, 2017
The Board of Supervisors meeting went very well. We presented our second request for answers to our nine questions and we also submitted the requests to have the website updated. The BoS actually did hear us last month as their web was on the agenda under NEW BUSINESS. Yay us!
Now, we have several other items to present, but that will have to be at the Planning Commission meeting. Crossroads X will not be on the agenda at the May 15, 2017 meeting, however, I have requested we be added to the agenda. I am instructed that we can bring up anything related to the warehouse as the original plans have been submitted and are now under review.
Note to everyone, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension (until July 31, 2017) to review the changes our PC requested due to SALDO and to obtain their permits from DEP, PennDOT and NPDES. This gives up 90 days to do our investigations and place our complaints, disputes and petitions.
I have to be blunt. There is a lot of confusion right now and I am doing my best to get the answers to all the questions. Allow me to say this. Our township BoS is doing their job. The parcel of land is zoned industrial and warehousing is a legal use of that property. However, in the past 17 years, since this property was re-zoned, many things have changed in The Lehigh Valley. One of those changes is the I-78 corridor becoming a huge distribution center for the Northeast. Our BoS could not anticipate the amount of changes to warehousing and the volumes of tractor trailer traffic that is generated by warehousing, that occurred over the past 17 years. Automation and computerized counting have quadrupled the speeds in which goods can be delivered, stored, and parceled out for distribution. At the time the BoS chose to make those parcels industrial, warehousing was not the “in” thing in The Valley. Small factories, manufacturing and strip malls were the growth at that time. Our small town of Krumsville is in no way able to handle the kind of traffic that will be generated by a warehouse. We have to step up to the plate, and prove through investigation and due diligence, to our BoS the pitfalls that will occur if a warehouse is built on that parcel of land. Then, they can make a legal judgement to deny a warehouse on that parcel based on the ordinances that we already have in place. With that said, we all need to be involved in the process. Our goal in this dispute is to prove the dangers to our small historic town and to the residents of Krumsville, as well as residents north and south of Exit 40, due to the volume of traffic that will be generated by a warehouse. There will be a point in this dispute where we will have to put up, or shut up, because we will need to retain an attorney who is educated in these types of disputes to help us through. Right now, we are at the infancy stages of the investigation, and it may be enough . If not, we have to be prepared to dig into our pockets to save our town.
APRIL 13, 2017
The PennDOT meeting was very civil and informative. It definitely was NOT what we wanted to hear and many of the residents that attended the meeting, left the meeting feeling defeated.
WE ARE NOT DEFEATED!
This meeting actually opened up many new avenues to pursue in getting the warehouse project stopped. Stay tuned, I am working up a lot of different complaints now, and we (the Krumsville residents) have been advised to document the damages to our homes caused by the recent traffic and construction of the new I-78 bridge interchange and to have our wells tested right now to give us a baseline for future issues which may arise.
APRIL 3, 2017
The April 3 meeting was very informative and civil. The BoS were supportive of our concerns and complaints. We filed over 100 copies of the three complaints below. now we are compiling additional complaints to file.
We are still researching and as we come up with documentation, we will compile additional complaints to be filed with Greenwich Township.
- I am looking for anyone that personally knows Bruno and his denial for construction of an additional 3 bays to his garage. The Township stated “Increased tractor trailer traffic is the issue.” We need a copy of that denied construction.
- I am looking for anyone that personally knows William Stoerrle Jr., a certified real estate appraiser with Key Realty in Bethlehem. He conducted three studies in Lower Nazareth proving that construction of a warehouse in a residential community lowered property values 11.5%. I need copies of those three studies.
- I am looking for anyone that personally knows Breena Holland, an associate professor of political science and the environmental initiative at Lehigh University. She did an air quality study in an area before, during and after the construction of a warehouse. The results are astonishing. I need a copy of that study.
This one is regarding Township Ordinance 802.0 Prohibited Nuisances. complaint4_form
We have received the meeting minutes from one of the three meetings with PennDOT. 020817_PENNDOT_meeting
It is my personal opinion that based on the responses from PennDOT to our Township BoS, that Greenwich Township has every right to deny the construction of the warehouse because PennDOT openly admits our roads are unsuitable for high volume traffic and PennDOT cannot make any changes to make the roads safer and more suitable due to the structures in place along the roads.
We are also developing a list of questions and concerns to bring to the April 12th PennDOT/Greenwich Township/Developer McMahon meeting which will be held at the Township Building at 1:00 pm. Please review the meeting Blog and add any relevant questions or concerns you have. We will address each one, I promise!
Below are links to the complaints we need to be filing at the Board Of Supervisor meeting on Monday April 3, 2017. Please feel free to print this form, share it with your neighbors, fill in your name and address, sign it and if you cannot attend the meeting, simply bring these forms to my house and I will submit it on your behalf. Choose which ones you believe are appropriate to you.
complaint1_form – Increased tractor trailer traffic complaint
complaint2_form – Traffic flow and road changes complaint
complaint3_form – Warehouse construction violation of Ordinances 801 and 802.
March 22, 2017:
After attending the March 20, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting, we have started digging and we are finding many Greenwich Ordinance violations regarding the proposed warehouse project. While we realize the plans have only just been submitted, the entire project itself is a violation and the tractor trailer traffic that it will generate violates eight different ordinances. We will be posting these violations as we confirm them on this VIOLATIONS page, and on the Krumsville Warehouse Facebook Page.
And to further add fuel to this fire, in 2009 Greenwich Township published a plan to Build For The Future. This Plan very clearly states they want to limit tractor trailer traffic within the township. Very shortly after this Joint Comprehensive Plan was put into effect, a local business was denied a construction permit to add three bays to the garage as it would generate too much tractor trailer traffic. As soon as I get permission from this business to post the name and details, I will put it on here.