A date for our long awaited start of construction has finally been established!  We will begin the site work (E&S (erosion & sedimentation) controls, clearing, grading, utilities, storm water management facilities, preparation of building pad, building foundations, paving, etc) portion of the construction on Monday September 10.  Preceding that date, a pre-construction meeting will be held at the site on Friday September 7 to review the sequence of construction with particular emphasis on the E&S controls and storm water management facilities.  This meeting will be attended by representatives from the Cumberland County Conservation District, Borough of Carlisle, South Middleton Township, Arthur Funk & Sons (our General Contractor), John W Gleim Jr Excavating (our site work subcontractor) and CUMC.

This initial phase of construction is anticipated to take several months during which time the plans for our building will be undergoing code and township reviews.  We anticipate receiving our building permit for the building itself before all site work is completed such that the construction flow will be seamless.  But of course this initial site work phase will also be the most weather dependent portion of the construction in terms of maintaining our schedule.

As construction begins, access to the site will be limited, predominantly for safety purposes.  A parking / observation area will be established by the contractor near their construction trailers.  Site access will be restricted to this parking area ONLY to ensure safety for all persons.  All visitors to the observation area must also first check-in at the construction trailers.   Stay tuned for additional instructions regarding ways to observe the progress of construction while it is underway.

The Building Committee will be hosting a monthly open house on the site on Sunday afternoons to assist in explaining the progress of the construction and answer questions. The first of these open houses will occur on September 23 during our ground breaking celebration.  Subsequent open house dates will be October 21 and November 18 from 200PM – 400PM.

Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we His servants are going to start building…”                Nehemiah 2:20a

So What’s Been Going On Since our Land Development Plans Were Approved on July 12?

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:

Auction winning bids

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!!