Ephrata Township business to relocate
nSupervisors approve owners' request for two years to move. BY KIMBERLY MARSELAS, Correspondent
An Ephrata Township sheet metal business has agreed to move most of its operations out of an agricultural area after being found in violation of a 25-year-old zoning agreement.
In a letter sent to township officials Feb. 25, Daniel and David Weaver, owners of Weaver Sheet Metal at 214 S. Market St., asked the township for two years to relocate. The board of supervisors approved the request at a meeting on March 5.
In January, an attorney for the Weavers asked the board to allow them to build a new 80-by-300-foot facility that would give them nearly 28,000 square feet of storage. The supervisors were surprised to learn that the family business -- approved to allow them to supplement farming income -- had grown to 19 employees.
"I think they heard the board loud and clear," township manager Steve Sawyer said. "They do intend to bring this property back into compliance."
The Weavers pulled their new zoning request almost immediately after presenting it. The Feb. 25 letter went further, saying they would relocate all or part of the sheet-metal business.
They also plan to seek permission to continue operating a metal fabricating machinery repair shop. The Weavers said it is the "smaller portion" of the business, and would have no more than five nonfamily employees, in compliance with a 1988 agreement.
Sawyer said the Weavers may move to a new parcel in Clay Township but need time to make a purchase, get local approval and construct new buildings.
"They can't move out overnight," Supervisor John Weber said.
In other news, the board declined to act on a resident's request for a four-way stop at the intersection of Meadow Valley and Middle Creek roads. Board members and Ephrata Police Department Chief William Harvey said they did not believe accident data would convince state officials to approve new traffic controls at the intersection.
The board also approved a request to donate a new bench and color and sealant for a new picnic table at the community park. The Ephrata Lions Club asked to make a donation in memory of former president Kenneth S. Young, who was an avid fisherman.
Sawyer said the new picnic table would sit next to the park's newest trail, which circles a quarry-turned lake.
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