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Extensive YMCA Facility One Step Closer to Reality
Written by Jennifer Butler Kirkwood, Correspondent

        On Tuesday night, supervisors in Upper Hanover approved waivers that will allow Freedom Valley YMCA to proceed with plans to build an Upper Perkiomen branch complex off of Quakertown Road, bordering the existing Kistler-Bitting Park.

        Freedom Valley YMCA President Jay Schaeffer explained that the campus will include a wellness center with over 12,000 square feet of exercise equipment as well as five total locker rooms. One of the two indoor swimming pools will be a family fun pool, complete with water features and a zero-grade entry point.
        “This is a full, complete complex that is really family-focused,” Schaeffer said. “It will be a community focal point for recreation, fun and fitness.”
        Schaeffer added that, while the first phase of construction for the complex will include approximately 74,000 square feet, the entire completed project will eventually boast a 100,000 square foot facility.
        The first phase will also include a paved walking trail connecting the Quakertown Road campus with Kistler-Bitting Park.
Board Chair Richard Fain noted that all thirteen waivers granted by supervisors had been reviewed and approved by the township engineers. Schaeffer added that traffic studies have been conducted and ample parking is planned for the facility.
        Schaeffer hopes to break ground in the spring of 2013. The Pennsylvania-based Warfel Construction Company will be completing the project.
        Two brief conditional use hearings were also held Tuesday night. Supervisors granted conditional uses for two homeowners on Buck Road to each construct garages for personal use on their properties.
        In other business, Luann Stauffer and Michele Fillippo provided an update on the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Perk Up initiative. Stauffer thanked supervisors for supporting the chamber’s application for a DCNR signage grant. The chamber was awarded the grant totaling $25,000 in matching funds that will be used to highlight points of interest throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley with signs unique to the region.
        Citizens from Northgate requested an update on the progress of replacing over thirty dead trees within the development. Fain explained that York Excavating has indicated they will not replace the trees. As a response, Solicitor Edward Skypala will be sending a demand letter to the bonding company. 
        In related business, Fain announced that a promised tot lot should be installed in Northgate by the end of October.
        In parks and recreation business, Supervisor Eugene Fried reported that the restroom at Camelot Park has been delivered and should be in operation by the end of September.
        In roads business, Fried responded to a recent opinion-piece in the paper regarding an incident in which the light at 663 and Geryville Pike was damaged by a truck. Fried explained that the trucking company was not held responsible for the damage as the signals were not installed at an adequate height. Rather, the installing contractor remediated the damage.
        “The situation has been corrected,” Fried said. “At no cost to the township, the intersection is now repaired properly and the height of the lights are now sixteen feet or higher.”
        Resident Cliff Weber expressed disagreement, stating the outcome as described by Fried did not coincide with what was said during last month’s work session.
        “At that time, we were in discussion and we were trying to figure out who was at fault,” Fain added. “That’s what this board does.”





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