Planning Board reviews $8,000 pole barn project

JOHNSTOWN – A city electrical service company is proposing a new pole barn for storage at its site.

The proposed $8,000 project by Ped Electric Service of 117 N. Perry St. was reviewed by the city Planning Board Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.

According to the application for a building permit, the firm wants to remove an existing 200-square-foot addition and build a new 420-square-foot pole barn.

Contractor John Shoop and Ped Electric owner Joe Ludwin presented the project.

“There’s a porch on the back that needs to come off,” Shoop said. “It’s [the pole barn] just going to be for cold storage.”

The project description indicates the pole barn will be attached to the existing building. There will be white steel roofing and siding, a garage, a side door, a gravel floor, a couple outlets, five lights and a heat sensor tied into the existing smoke alarm.

Board member Fred Franko wanted to know why the Planning Board was reviewing the project.

City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer, also city code enforcement officer, said any expansion of commercial property in the city requires the planning review.

The board set a public hearing for 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at City Hall. Board Chairman Peter K. Smith said the hearing is required by law under the City Code.

“We’ll most likely take out final action at that time,” Smith said.

The chairman told Ludwin and Shoop that Heberer would issue a permit for the project following board approval.

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