Barn decision was welcome news

It wasn’t quite Christmas in July, but the news that an agreement had been reached involving The Barn at Spring Brook Farm was a welcome gift indeed for those searching the newspaper recently for something to be satisfied about.

The agreement, which was announced at a meeting last week of the Pocopson Board of Supervisors, will among other things, permit children with disabilities to celebrate their birthdays at the facility, which helps those youngsters by letting them interact with animals.

“The Barn at Spring Brook is alive and well,” said Mary Beth Drobish, executive director and president of the organization’s board of directors. “I am pleased we got through all of this and I want to thank all of the folks who supported us.”

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The Barn’s board of directors earlier this year announced it would close because it could not afford the $100,000 it would take to make improvements and bring the facility up to code. Those improvements were demanded by the township after a neighbor complained about activities at the property she said were disruptive.

With the absence of Supervisor Georgia Brutscher, Supervisors Ricki Stumpo and Barney Leonard announced that The Barn must meet all conditions set last year for its continued operation or before Aug. 31, with two exceptions. It has until Dec. 31, 2014 to complete driveway modification work, and the creation of new parking spaces, ramps and a walkway. Drobish must also provide a weekly status report to the township’s administrative secretary. The terms of conditions were agreed to by both Ross Unruh, the township’s solicitor, and Robert F. Adams, representing the organization, two men with a long and distinguished history of working together in the county’s legal community. Drobish said the agreement was possible because of the outpouring of support from the community. In addition to tens of thousands of dollars donated to The Barn since The Daily Local News broke the story.

We hope that our readers will join with us in welcoming the agreement, but that they will also remember the callous treatment afforded residents and supporters of this organization in past weeks. Long live The Barn!