PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - Planning for the Palmyra Township building expansion is continuing. At the September meeting, Supervisor Chairman Pete Steffen reported that he met with representatives from Kiley Associates for a follow-up. As of their meeting, the representatives were working on bid documents, which mean the project is expected to start at some point during the spring of 2018. 

Steffen acknowledged that the process is taking “some time” but in the end, it will be “worth it.” The plan was to keep the project “simple but effective” while having to remember that the structure will be open for the public if there are prolonged power outages once the generator system is set. The building’s generator system, Steffen said isn’t a part of the initial bid. The bid documents are expected before the October meeting.  

Skier’s entertainment venue

Regarding Henry Skier’s planning of a venue for Harmony Presents to move behind The Dime Bank Lake Region center, Solicitor Jeffrey Treat reported that the township received notification that the Palmyra Township Planning Commission recommended adoption of an amendment along with the Wayne County Planning Department for the land development plan for a conditional use under the township’s zoning ordinance. 

That decision, Treat said was practical because there wasn’t a definition in the ordinance regarding indoor theaters. But, it turns out indoor theaters are defined as “a facility operated for purpose of showing films inside a closed structure, but not including adult stores or adult film showings.” And so, Attorney Tony Waldron, representing Skier has requested a public meeting where the public can “express themselves.” The meeting will be October 2 at the township building at 6 p.m. The regular monthly meeting will follow at 6:30. Treat said Waldron doesn’t expect the meeting to take more than 15 minutes. 

The board had a workshop with Waldron and Skier to learn what’s needed to move the venue to the property Skier owns behind the bank. The township’s zoning ordinance, was confusing Steffen said, because a theater was allowed in a commercial district, but not in rural residential under a conditional use. To address the confusion, the board felt it would be “easiest” to amend the township’s zoning ordinance to allow a theater as a conditional use in a rural residential. As a result, that is what the hearing will be about according to Steffen. The meeting is open to the public.

[Please see the Saturday edition for more meeting items.] The next Palmyra Township (Wayne) supervisors’ meeting is scheduled Monday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the township offices on Oak Street, Marble Hill.