The new medical center proposed for Newark Road in New Garden Township is one step closer to breaking ground.In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Township Manager Carmen Raddi confirmed that the Medical Ventures group gave a presentation at the Monday evening business meeting on the project's status.

Raddi said that the presentation dealt with suggested changes made by the township's engineer and the traffic engineer assigned to the project.

Raddi said that the biggest outstanding issue is the fact that the site will have access only from Newark Road and not from Line Road - a move that Raddi said is in contrast to township ordinance.

"The reason for the confusion is that the ordinance says if you front on two roads - one primary and one secondary - your entrance should be on the secondary," he said.

Raddi said Medical Ventures suggested that having access on Line Road was neither feasible nor reasonable, and that access would have to be on Newark Road.

"And that's pretty much the way it's going to be," Raddi said.

The next step for Medical Ventures is to make the suggested changes to their final plans and have them approved by the township planning commission.

Raddi said that their goal is to be back in front of the supervisors for final plan approval at the Oct. 6 business meeting.

Other business

A request from London Britain Township for police support was tabled for a work session discussion, Raddi said.

The supervisors will consider an intergovernmental cooperative agreement between London Britain and the township to provide police services, as Raddi said, "Not on a routine basis, but as needed and if available."

No additional details were available.

o The board also appointed Raddi as the open records officer in compliance with state law regarding public records.

According to Raddi, the Act 3 law passed by the state legislature in early 2008 was created so that people can access most any township or public records, a process that he said was redefined and made more liberal.

The open records officer position requires the officer to adhere to the policy with regards to timelines and other established protocols.

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