Paintball plan approved in Jackson Township


By Sandi Latimer
Staff Writer

A proposed paintball park is nearing reality in the area.

Developers have won approval from the Franklin County Planning Commission and the Jackson Township Zoning Commission. Each added some stipulations that developers must meet, as did the Jackson Township trustees at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Trustees said portable toilet facilities should be screened from view by a privacy fence on three sides; evening special use events can be held each year; and developers must used dust control techniques in the parking lot.

Trustees then approved the request to rezone 5506 Harrisburg Pike from semi-rural residential to an exceptional use district.

The trustees also acted upon a budget for the coming year. The spending plan, approved without comment, spells out how nearly all the anticipated $19 million in revenue will be spent.

A bulk of it, $14.5 million, goes to the fire department which operates with money from fire levies.

Each department is expected to have a few dollars left over at the end of the year which, when totaled, shows a carryover of $2,456. However, the township has $1.1 million in reserve balances.

The 2016 budget is up from the 2015 plan that outlined how $18.9 million of $19 would be spent.

The trustees’ next meeting will be Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

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