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LERTA discussion continues for Snyder Township

The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act discussion for Snyder Township continues.
If passed, it would establish tax exemptions for real property located within deteriorated areas of the township.
Last night’s meeting was extended half an hour to discuss the possible LERTA boundaries for the township. The Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation submitted a suggested boundary description for the Northern I-99 Enterprise Zone that runs through Snyder Township. The township supervisors have the authority to change the boundaries to fit the needs of the area.
Supervisors James Daughenbaugh and James Chronister are both in favor of keeping the suggested boundaries that ABCD has set forth. However, Supervisor Ray Rodgers believes the whole township should be considered a LERTA zone.
“I’m just in favor of making a tax break,” said Chronister.
He also said it could possibly help attract a business into the vacant Ames building.
Formal action on LERTA will be taken in a special meeting scheduled for August 18 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
Vice President of Plant Operations at Kunzler’s Dave Grazier started discussions with supervisors about Kunzler’s $1.4 million land development project adjacent to the current Snyder Township facility.
Township engineer Bill Gohn expressed some initial concerns with storm water management and said he would need some assurances from Kunzler’s that the specifications would be correct.
Grazier said Kunzler’s is also waiting to see if LERTA is going to be approved for the township before asking for a permit to begin construction. A concern he has is that the building will not be under roof by November, which is what the facility needs to be completed for next spring.
Until the proper paper work is completed, no formal action will be taken on behalf of the Kunzler’s land development project.
Also at last night’s meeting, Gohn gave an update on the Dirt and Gravel Grant in which the board signed an agreement with the Blair County Conservation District. Beaston Road was approved for the project this year, and other roads will be submitted next year when there is more available money.
In other news,
• eight more interviews are scheduled for this month to qualify for the Home Project;
• board approved a letter to be sent to PENNDOT requesting a “no turn on red” sign at the intersection of I-99 and Route 220 N;
• board approved sending budgeted donations to the Bald Eagle Fire Company, $6,000; Tyrone/Snyder Public Library, $3,000; Bald Eagle Baseball Association, $250 and Tyrone Teener Leagues, $250 and
• notification from Gohn that the California Hollow Project is complete, and it was approved to convey the California Hollow Sewage Collection System to the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority.