Monday, April 2, 2012
Developer Gary Strausser seeks an extension on a project to finalize an agreement to build largest Sheetz in Lehigh Valley.
Plans for the largest Sheetz in the Lehigh Valley have stalled. Gary Strausser, the developer building the project, sent the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors word that he "is not ready to enter into an agreement" with Sheetz for the convenience store and gas station along Route 248. Township Solicitor Charles Bruno said Strausser Enterprises is seeking an extension on the project until May 31 to work out the agreement. The supervisors approved that extension at their meeting Tuesday night. In December, the supervisors had approved the final development plans for the Sheetz. The three-lot development sits along Route 248 at the corner of Northwood Avenue, where the First Star Bank used to be. Work on the land has already begun with the…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Builder Gary Strausser asks Forks Township to pay him $2,000 a month to keep Winchester Road In Riverview Estates open to traffic.
In a letter dated Feb. 2, the attorney for builder Gary Strausser asks Forks Township to pay $2,000 a month to help maintain Winchester Road in Strausser's Riverview Estates development. The township supervisors said "no" Thursday night. Strausser has stated the he could close Winchester to other township traffic if he didn't get help maintaining it. The letter, addressed to Township Solicitor Karl Kline, states that it costs Strausser $50,000 a year to plow, salt and cut the grass around the road. Township residents, other than those from Riverview, also use Winchester via Frost Hollow Road to get to Route 611. This, Strausser argues, makes Winchester beneficial to township residents. The letter then proposes that "the township pay $2,000…
Forks Police Chief will present the 2011 year-end report to the township tonight, and developer Gary Strausser will make a proposal that the township take over maintenance of Winchester Drive.
Police Chief Gregory Dorney will give a short presentation tonight on his 2011 end-of-year report to the Forks Township Board of Supervisors. Dorney presented the report to supervisors Feb. 1 and asked each of them to review it before tonight’s meeting. Dorney also asked that the report be published on the township’s website after his presentation. On Feb. 1, Dorney also entered several accomplishments by the police department, including: Also on the agenda, supervisors will consider builder Gary Strausser's proposal about Winchester Drive in his Riverview Estates development. Strausser wants the township to take it over because, he said previously, it costs him too much to maintain it himself.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Developer Gary Strausser wants Forks Township to take possession of Winchester Drive at River Estates.
Builder Gary Strausser told Forks Township Supervisors last week that he is “open to anything” that will rid him of the responsibility for maintaining Winchester Drive. The road was built as part of the Riverview Estates development. Strausser says it now costs him about $40,000 a year to plow it, salt it and cut the grass around it, and he wants the township to take possession. Strausser said township residents are already using Winchester via Frost Hollow Road to get to Route 611. “[Mr. Strausser] can close the road off,” said Patrick Campbell, Strausser’s attorney. “The situation is unacceptable.” The original plans had the township taking over the road, as it does for many development-built roads, but PennDOT wants improvements made to…