Solicitor R. Anthony Waldron II alerted the Palmyra Supervisors, June 4th, that a request for a helicopter landing site on Tanglwood Mountain could affect their township as well.
The matter was first raised the evening before at the Blooming Grove Township Supervisors' meeting. Land owner Michael Mancino requested approval for the use of the site, where Tanglwood Ski Resort had been located. T&D Power Inc., a contractor for PPL, wants to be able to land helicopters for refueling and possibly pick up or drop off workers.
T&D Power Inc. is building the 100-mile-long Pennsylvania portion of the Susquehanna-Roseland power line upgrade project.
Waldron advised that there could be noise and traffic concerns for Palmyra Township residents. The road to the former ski area begins in Palmyra, where it meets Route 390.
He noted that it was his understanding that the site would not be used for helicopters to pick up tower pieces, and that the material for the towers would be picked up somewhere else. He said it did not appear to be the case that there would be regular traffic of tractor trailers heading up the mountain and back.
Helicopter flights would be during daylight hours only. The project would take about a year but there wasn't mention of when it would start, Waldron related.
He suggested that Palmyra should send a letter to Blooming Grove officials conveying their concerns. Palmyra could request that one of the conditions Blooming Grove Supervisors could place on the contractor is that they attend a Palmyra meeting to discuss it. Waldron suggested that the flight paths of helicopters may not be as much concern for residents as an airplane would present, since a helicopter goes more straight up.
The Palmyra Twp.(Pike) Supervisors meet on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the offices off Gumbletown Road. The office may be reached at 226-2230.