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From The Wednesday, 

 

July 10, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal

 

 

Span In Township Is Classic Example Of 

‘Orphan Bridge’

 

 It’s the bridge that nobody wants, what some call an ‘orphan bridge.’ The railroad that built it went bankrupt, the state denies responsibility, and Londonderry Township officials say it doesn’t belong to them.

 

 Meanwhile, the Epler family is literally stuck in the middle, unable to get equipment to and from their Londonderry Township farm, all because the Brinser Road railroad bridge is falling down.

 

 What to do with the bridge has been discussed for years. The Public Utilities Commission lists 33 actions that have been filed so far, beginning with an application from Londonderry Township for a cost allocation for the bridge in July 1989.

 

 More recently, the debate has been heating up almost as fast as the weight limit on the bridge has been going down.

 

 “The Township owns no bridges,” Joyce Lingle, Township Secretary, says. “I don’t know whose it is.”

 

 “It’s a bad situation,” Frank Epler, whose father owns 180 acres across the bridge, says. “I can understand the Township’s position, being stuck with this.”

 

 Epler adds that his father’s property is up for sale because the family needs money to keep his father, who suffered a stroke, in a nursing home. “I can’t sell it with the bridge this way,” he says. “You’ve gotta have access.

 

 Instead of paying to fix the bridge, Londonderry supervisors are looking into building an alternate route to the Eplers’ and other properties, such as a ¾-mile-long back road that would cut through the properties of Tom Eckerd and others.

 

Officials See No Need Yet To Impose Water Controls

 Recent rains have helped some regional areas, but the prolonged drought that has gripped the state continues to plague farmers and worry officials in many municipalities.

 

 Last week, for instance, Mount Joy Borough decided to ask its 2,500 customers to “voluntarily” restrict their use of water as a means of conserving the community’s water supply and Middletown Borough has done the same thing.

 

 But Mount Joy Borough Manager Dan Zimmerman said the imposition of voluntary restrictions wasn’t done because of any actual water shortage.

 

 “It’s basically just a precautionary measure, Zimmerman explained. “In view of the current drought situation, we thought it was prudent to begin some effort at conserving our water supplies.”

 

 Zimmerman said the voluntary restrictions urge residents to curtail the use of water to wash cars, porches and sidewalks and for watering gardens and lawns. Noting that peak demand in Mount Joy occasionally reaches nearly 1,500,000 gallons daily. Zimmerman said voluntary restrictions might be able to reduce water consumption by as much as 100,000 to 150,000 gallons a day.

 

 Elizabethtown officials are also concerned about the long dry spell, but here there aren’t any imminent plans to impose any type of restrictions on water use.

 

 “There’s no actual shortage here yet,” Borough Co-Manager Pete Whipple said early this week, “but the situation is becoming critical and we may have to limit consumption if we don’t get a good, soaking rain in the next few weeks.”

 

 Whipple said the Borough recently received a state advisory warning that underground water supplies are being seriously threatened in many areas of the state. The state advisory recommended that municipalities should “monitor their water supplies frequently.”

Town Wants State 

Monies To Fund Rough Wear Plan

 A developer’s plan to convert the former Rough Wear building into an apartment complex got another shot in the arm Monday night as Middletown Council voted to seek a larger grant from the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to help underwrite the project.

 

 After hearing John Rosenthal, founder and chairman of Penrose Properties, Philadelphia, explain his firm’s latest proposal to rehabilitate the former factory building at Wood and Wilson streets, Council unanimously approved a resolution to apply for a $423,496 DCA grant.

 

 Rosenthal, who personally presented his latest plan to Council for renovating the empty building, noted that DCA had tentatively approved an earlier Borough request for a $324,000 grant to help fund the project. He said he felt confidant DCA would approve the new, higher figure.

 

 Jerry Spangler, director of DCA’s Harrisburg office, said DCA will give Council’s latest request “prompt consideration,” but he declined to speculate on when DCA might make a decision on the Borough’s new application.

 

 “We were impressed with the plans for the project,” Spangler admitted, “and with some of the projects Penrose has already completed. They have an excellent past record, but I can’t predict what will happen.”

 

 In his presentation to Council, Rosenthal also indicated his firm will appear before the Pa. Housing Finance Board (PHFB) this Thursday morning to request a $1.2 million low-interest (1 percent) deferred loan from that agency to help finance the project. 

 

Prices From 23 

Years Ago

Heinz Sweet Relish 14.5 oz. btl. 99¢

Finast Fabric Softener Sheets 60-ct. box $1.58

Power Stick Deodorant 2.5 oz. $1.58

Keebler Townhouse Crackers 16 oz. box $1.99

Weaver Chicken Rondelets 12 oz. box $2.79

Mild Large Spanish Onions 39¢/lb.

Yellow Peaches 3 lb./$1

Jumbo Bagels 25¢/each

Merkt’s Cheese Spread 16 oz. $2.99

King’s Potato Chips 6.5 oz. 99¢

Santa Rosa Plums 89¢/lb.

Dole Frozen Fruit Juices 12 oz. $1.19

7 9 1423 YEARS AGO - Middletown Lumber Team – First row: Andy Drabick, Mark Costik, Bryan Young, Justin Wolfersberger, Ryan Colquhoun and Doug Hodges. Second row: Travis Knisley, Scott Sites, Jeff Martin, Brad Whiteman, Brad Cary, Phil Stover and T.J. Sides. Third row: Terri Sites, Ted Sites, Ed Colquhoun and Denny Stover.