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Plans are currently being reviewed for an AutoZone to be placed at the former Pizza Hut location along Hogan Boulevard in Bald Eagle Township.

MILL HALL — AutoZone could be moving to Mill Hall in the near future.

A year after the Bald Eagle Township supervisors approved the land development plans for the location of the auto parts store — formerly Pizza Hut at 153 Hogan Boulevard — the process is in full motion. Supervisors approved the plans for the AutoZone in March of 2021 along with the review and approval by the township’s planning commission.

The township’s engineer, Tom Levine, was in attendance during April’s supervisor meeting to give an update on where the plans are at. According to Levine the land development plan was conditionally approved back in 2010. He said the conditions were that the township’s sewer authority approve the relocation of a public sewer; the abandonment of the easement which the sewer was in; and the creation of a new easement for the relocated sewer at the location on Hogan Boulevard.

“That was the heaviest, or the most important issue,” Levine said.

The status of the plans were shelved for several months in 2021 after the sewer authority’s solicitor at the time retired at the end of the year. The authority had to stay stagnant until a replacement solicitor could be found, according to Levine.

The approval/agreement with the authority was then made in February of 2022. The applicant’s engineer on the project was able to finalize the proposed drawings of where the AutoZone will be back in February. However, corrections were needed in March, Levine said.

Levine brought the finalized plans with him during Monday’s meeting for the supervisors to sign. The township’s planning commission will still need to sign the plans before the project can move forward. Once all of the plan drafts are signed, they will need to be recorded at the Clinton County courthouse before any construction will be made.

“Finally after a year, it is ready, it needs signatures, you have already approved it. I believe the conditions are met,” Levine said.

In other business, the township’s solicitor, Frank Miceli, gave an update on the Troy Musser’s Lock Haven Motel construction dispute.

Miceli said the lot addition plan was approved during March’s meeting, with conditions listing the names of the other owners (the church and the car wash) on the map. He added, however, that he was unsure if the map ultimately ever was recorded.

Miceli said his understanding is that the one outstanding element of the plans currently is involved with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) waiver of the planning module. He added the paperwork is in the process of being done. Once DEP issues the paperwork, then the plan can be signed.

Levine agreed that the DEP waiver was the only outstanding issue left with the motel construction on his end.

Along with the land development plans, the building code plans were all ultimately submitted to code inspections for their review.

“There was some back and forth … eventually they all got reviewed and were approved. A building permit was issued and the stop work order was removed,” Miceli said.

He added the stop work order was removed between April 11 and 12.

The remaining outstanding issues are yet to be resolved with Musser, all regarding the case in the Court of Common Pleas and the nine citations against him from district justices.

Miceli said the supervisors still have to decide on what do, based on where they stand regarding the case in Common Pleas court.

Chairman Tuff Rine said it was to be a topic for discussion during their next executive session.

On the side of Musser’s nine citations, Miceli said his cases are scheduled for April 27 in front of Clinton County President Judge Michael Salisbury. The others are scheduled for May 3 and 5 in front of District Judge John Maggs.

“Those are the only loose ends at this point,” said Miceli.

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