Tractor Supply will retain Luhrs' land uses


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  • Attorney John Stieh discusses property lines with supervisors (from left): Gary Williams, Don Quick and Gary Clark in regards to the sale of the Lurh's property to Tractor Supply. (Photo by Charles Reynolds)



By Charles Reynolds

— With Luhrs Ace Hardware on Routes 6 and 209 being sold to Tractor Supply, Milford Township supervisors gave the owners the assurance they need to close the deal.

In other business

Road paving — Roadmaster Gary Williams asked that paving bids be put out for work on three township roads: Moon Valley Road, School House Road (past Fire Tower Road), and Shocopee Road (from Fire Tower Road to just past the last residence, the Greening property). The supervisors will open bids at their May 5 meeting.
Road grading — Supervisor Don Quick also asked that the grader rental be extended another week to complete outstanding work along township roads. Since the drop-off and pick-up fee is $1,000, and renting the grader $1,400 a week, holding on to the grader will save money. Williams said he will find out if the equipment is available for an extension.
A WiFi connection for Milford — Supervisor Gary Clark wants to investigate the possibility of the township supplying and supporting an open WiFi connection so that residents, supervisors and media may have Internet access during meetings. Quick and Williams agreed he could pursue this. Clark will give a report of the costs involved at a future meeting.
Next meeting — The next meeting of the Milford Township supervisors will be Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the township administration building on Routes 6 and 209.

Attorney John Stieh, representing Jim and Tom Luhrs, asked supervisors last week to affirm that display and storage will continue to be allowed on the property. He said he needed to reassure the hardware supply chain on this point in order to complete the sale, which he expected would occur this week.

Chairman Don Quick worked out the wording, with input from zoning officer Bob DiLorenzo, to give Stieh the clarification requested.

“We try to be business friendly,” said Quick.

The tax parcel straddles Westfall and Milford Township, with Milford having jurisdiction. The new Tractor Supply business will be allowed to continue “use of existing storage and display.” Quick added the caveat that any sublease — like the produce vendor that has set up shop there in recent years — or change of use will require separate approval from the supervisors.

Stieh, along with Tom and Jim Luhrs, said this would be satisfactory and thanked the supervisors.

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