SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Shawnee Township Zoning Commission conducted a public hearing Monday to discuss the plans for the 14 acres of land that Lima Husky Refinery purchased in 1994.
Husky Refinery has acquired this parcel located on the southwest intersection of Adgate and Fort Amanda Roads. The company intends to use 14 acres for parking for a maximum of 350 contractors during shut downs and for storing equipment. Forty acres of the land will be utilized as a buffer agricultural zone.
During shutdowns, contractors will be shuttled from the parking lot to the refinery and traffic will be controlled by off duty law enforcement, according to Dereck Younkman, Husky Lima Refinery’s lawyer. Because hiring police to control traffic can be expensive, Younkman said that contractors will only park there as needed.
The parking lot will be fenced for security and the company will construct top soil mounds to conceal traffic flow visibility. The company will also utilize low lighting to prevent irritating residents who live in the surrounding area.
The Federal Function Classification classifies the area as a local dirt way which serves over 3,100 vehicles per day, according to Mark Bishop, Shawnee Township zoning zoning inspector. Also, a traffic impact study conducted in December indicated deterioration at the intersection of Adgate and Amanda Roads.
Husky Logistics Coordinator, Jeff Carolus, said that although he was unsure of when and how the road would be fixed, he spoke with Lima Allen Count Regional Planning Commission Development Controls Committee, Township Zoning Commission and Board of Trustees and confirmed that the parking lot would not change the volume of vehicular traffic on the road.
A concerned Shawnee Township resident, Corliss Boose, stated that she did not want to see wildlife affected by the company tearing down trees in the woods and wondered if they had thought about Native American artifacts in the affected area.
“I would hate to see that taken away from the wildlife,” said Boose. “I seriously hope they look at other property.”
In response to Boose’s question, Carolus stated that development will only occur on the 14 acres adjacent to Adgate Road and that it would not affect the standing timber and depressed area.
Overall, Younkman believes that the company’s decision will have a positive impact on the community.
“This site, we know, will work and will fit with our needs,” said Younkman. “The Lima refinery wants to be a good corporate citizen. The taxes on the real estate will increase and the storage will help with doing more upgrades so that it can be competitive with other refineries in the country and the midwest. The refinery needs to make the upgrades so it can be more viable in the future.”
The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. March 26.
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