Concord: Wine yes, casinos no

Concord Township Council voted last night to amend previously granted conditional use approval so the Wawa on Naamans Creek Road can sell wine. But the council voted to prohibit mini-casinos in the township. The votes were 5-0.

Council members also adopted a budget with a slight tax increase for fire protection.

Concord granted conditional use approval to Wawa for beer sales in the summer of 2015. There were several restrictions placed on that original approval, including limiting the amount of beer sold to a customer at 192 ounces — two six packs of 16-ounce cans — and that Wawa had to return for future conditional use approval if it wanted conditions modified.

The modifications sought for during the Dec. 5 hearing — and approved during the following regular meeting — allow Wawa to sell any amount of beer that the state might allow in the future. Council also approved the sale of wine, up to 3,000 ml per person per day.

No one opposed the requests.

Other business

• Concord also became the latest township in the greater Chadds Ford area to prohibit mini-casinos. The state Gaming Commission allows major casinos to have what's called Category 4 casinos. Those mini-casinos are those "with not less than 300 or more than 750 slot machines and gaming tables," according to the letter sent by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

However, the law allows municipalities to opt out, and that's what Concord Council chose. Pennsbury Township opted out in November, and Birmingham Township voted to opt out during this Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting. Chadds Ford supervisors are expected to follow suit during their Dec. 6 meeting.

• Council passed the township's budget for 2018. It's a balanced plan with $4.23 million anticipated in revenue and expenses.

Total millage rates are 0.981, up from 0.944 from last year. The difference is for fire protection. Last year's rate for fire service was 0.135 mills, for 2018 it will be 0.172. A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

• Township engineer Nate Cline announced that Concord is working with PennDOT on a grant to improve Smithbridge Road from Garnet Valley High School to the intersection with Kirk/Temple Road. Part of the discussion includes the installation of a roundabout at the intersection. Nothing is finalized, however.

• Council Vice President John Gillespie said the township is working on a new rate structure for sewer customers. The new structure could begin in May if approved in January. The new rates would be based on water usage.

The township is currently getting data from Aqua Water to develop the new rate. Council President Dominic Pileggi said rates would be lower than they are currently.

 

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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