A Delaware County developer received conditional permission to begin transforming a vacant gas station into a Dunkin' Donuts in Gilbertsville.The Douglass (Mont.) Board of Supervisors granted AAA Development conditional final approval on the project, located at the former Dotterer's Exxon gas station near the intersection of routes 73 and 100.

Madeline Fudeman, an attorney for the developer, needed approval before going to settlement at the end of the month.

"The first cup of coffee is on me," Fudeman told the supervisors.

Since the Dunkin' Donuts will likely share a drainage system with Weis Markets, which plans to occupy the former Ames building located in the same shopping center, township officials have encouraged engineers from both projects to collaborate.

"It's very important that they come to an agreement," said township Manager Pete Hiryak.

Conditions of the approval include a required stormwater-management plan.

According to Hiryak, construction could begin this fall.

In other news

J.P. Mascaro and Sons agreed to accepted the township's 18-month extension of its trash removal contract. Solicitor Lawrence Sager said continuing the current deal, which expires in March 2009, will provide considerable savings for the municipality.

Police Chief Barry Templin received permission to replace a vehicle which has broken down. Templin said fixing the car, which has approximately 113,000 miles, would not be cost-effective. Supervisor Tim Turner agreed with Templin's proposal to purchase a four-wheel drive 2008 Ford Explorer.

Templin hopes to create a second corporal position. He told the supervisors he will to survey his officers' interest to potentially filling the position by sending a letter to all eligible officers. The two corporals would each oversee a three-person platoon. Sager advised the supervisors to wait until Supervisor Mark Austerberry's successor is seated next year to approve the addition.

"The new board might have a different philosophy,' Sager said. "I just want to be fair to everybody."

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Heydt said the drainage repair project in Douglass Park, along Second Street, is 95-percent complete. The township will pay a local landscaper $2,475 to hydroseed 45,000 square feet. During the construction, workers replaced an under drain and the inlet system, Heydt said.

Township officials agreed to meet with property owners and developers in the Route 100 corridor and PennDOT representatives to discuss the realignment of Jackson Road. Supervisors Chairman Greg Lignelli directed the township's traffic impact committee to participate.

The supervisors also proposed a public meeting to discuss the feasibility of altering the road. One proposal would connect it with East Philadelphia Avenue between Weis Markets and Merkel's shoe store.

Ryan Chamberlain, representing the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Montgomery County, urged the supervisors to approve ordinances that would prohibit tobacco use on all property owned by the township. All municipality vehicles and buildings are smoke free, according to Hiryak.

Contact reporter Bradley Schlegel at 610-367-6041, ext. 240 or bschlegel @berksmontnews.com.

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