While it no doubt appears that the past month has been very quiet since the announcement of the final approval of our Land Development plans on July 12, the reality is that your Building Committee has been hard at work jumping through a large variety of paperwork and financial hoops that are required to get us “to the promised land” of actually starting construction!
But before getting to all of that, first a big THANK YOU must go out to CHRISTA BASSETT for recently giving the BC a heads-up that Newville Elementary School was closing and holding an online auction of a great deal of used commercial kitchen equipment. JODY MONOSKI and JOANNE REYNOLDS of the Building Committee together with KATHY CHARETTE and DEB WASHINGER reviewed what was available and did an excellent job of getting us some great deals as you will see by clicking on the link below:
RICH CHARETTE and MICHAEL WATKINS arranged for pickup of the equipment under a very tight time window, and RYAN HEISHMAN once again graciously allowed us to store the equipment in one of his Allen Distribution warehouses.
Meetings have been recently held with both the Borough of Carlisle and South Middleton Township to review what all is necessary for CUMC to submit leading up to receipt of our actual building permits. Prior to recording the Land Development plans themselves with the Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds, several legal agreements are being executed and recorded including a Post-Construction Storm Water Management Agreement (binds CUMC to manage, operate and maintain our storm water facilities in accordance with our state storm water permit in perpetuity); a Recreation Agreement with South Middleton Township outlining the terms of the sharing of our ballfields and gym with the public (CUMC usage of course takes priority) when available in exchange for a 50% reduction in the township recreation fee; a Developers Agreement with the Borough of Carlisle that ensures we will construct East Baltimore Street and its public utilities per the requirements of the borough; and a Co-Permittee Agreement with PADEP wherein our site work contractor, John W Gleim Jr Excavating shares responsibility with us as owners to correctly install all of our site storm water features per our permit requirements.
Signatures are being gathered on the Land Development Plans including our Civil Engineer, Land Surveyor, Wetlands Specialist, Landscape Architect, Borough of Carlisle officials, South Middleton Township Supervisors; Cumberland County Planning Department and CUMC as property owner, some of which must be notarized, and all of which must be completed on eight(8) original copies of these drawings prior to officially recording the drawings as a prerequisite to applying for our building permits.
CUMC must provide financial assurance to both the Borough of Carlisle and South Middleton Township prior to the start of construction of East Baltimore Street in the Borough and our sitework (grading, paving, utilities, storm water management facilities, etc) in South Middleton Township. To accomplish this our Civil Engineer submits an opinion of the cost of this work to each municipal engineer for their review and approval. Each engineer then provides a letter of approval which CUMC can in turn provide to a financial institution to obtain a letter of credit for 110% of the estimated amount. Our site work cost estimate is approximately $1.2 Million and road construction cost is roughly $250,000. RYAN HEISHMAN of our Building Committee is handling the financial arrangements for us through his contacts at Orrstown Bank who likewise holds some of CUMC’s assets. The purpose of this financial assurance is to provide security to each municipality that should CUMC default (which we will NOT!!) during the construction then funds are available to complete the construction instead of leaving it unfinished as an eyesore to the community and detriment to the environment.
MIKE LANDIS of our Building Committee has been instrumental in computing our water and sewer capacity needs, plus the associated TAP fees, and working through the necessary application paperwork needed for our permits to connect to the Borough’s water and sewer service in South Spring Garden Street.
Our storm water management permit requires a Pre-Construction Meeting be held prior to the start of construction attended by PADEP, the Cumberland County Conservation District, Borough of Carlisle, South Middleton Township, Arthur Funk & Sons (our General Contractor), John W Gleim Jr Excavating (our sitework contractor), Dawood Engineering (Our Civil Engineer) and CUMC. We are currently working to schedule this meeting soon after Labor Day.
The existing telephone poles and lines crossing our property (that formerly serviced the long abandoned radio station building just south of our tract) must be removed prior to the start of construction. They are separately owned in part by PPL and Century Link, both of whom have had to be contacted, scheduled, and fees paid to facilitate their removal by the end of this month (hopefully).
Finally, as I entered the County Recorder of Deeds Office this past week to get some of these documents recorded (being totally clueless as to what all needed done), I was much relieved to find BRENDA MILLER of CUMC greeting me as a staff person in that office and effortlessly guiding me through the process.
I hope the above provides you with a sense of all that must be done in advance of actually starting construction. It can be intimidating and confusing at times, but I also hope that the above shows you how magnificently our God continues to lift up the right people at the right time (including those who can react on short notice to getting us great deals on used kitchen equipment!!) to get the job done!!