COVINGTON – The August Covington township meeting included an update at the marijuana facility had been proposed earlier this year.The facility intended to process medical marijuana is no longer being built.
Dave Lamm, building code officer, confirmed it was no longer going to be built in the area.
Joseph Gentile proposed the project at the January board of supervisors meeting, seeking approval for a 25,000 square foot facility off Route 435 that would grow and process the plants. The plans were not met with noticeable resistance at the time.
Resident Alex Sponza was keen to address concerns he had regarding such a facility, should another company decide to move one into the township.
Sponza cited concerns about skunk-like odors, a loss of neighborhood character and increase in criminal activity.
Sponza asked the board to consider enacting an ordinance preventing such facilities from coming into the township.
“As far as I know, the facilities have all been designated by the state,” said Chairman Petrosky. “In this area, in this township, there are no designated facilities.”
Petrosky estimated if another grower/processor came to town, it would probably end up near the Industrial Park at 435.
Supervisor John Brostoski added to the discussion to dispel any concerns.
“These things are like vaults with little tiny windows – they're so air controlled,” Brostoski explained. “They're placed off the roadway so you don't even know they're there. They are super secure.”
He added that he believed the state had done the proper regulations to avoid the security and quality-of-life problems that residents like Sponza might be worried about.
Another matter discussed at the meeting were several bridges in need of repair.
A county-owned bridge is in progress of being replaced along Freytown Road, though weather has delayed the project.
Supervisor Thomas Yerke stated that the county had a contractor come in and to remove the bridge, and the process of replacing it has been put on hold due to the consistent rains of the past weeks.
“They got to the point where they were ready to put the forms in and poured concrete,” Yerke said. “Twenty four hours later the forms are gone, washed away. It's not their fault. It's a bad area for a bridge anyway.”
Yerke made comments on other bridges in bad shape as well, including those on Langan road and Hughes Boulevard.