It is one of those “can’t see the forest thru the trees” scenarios — literally.
Springettsbury Township in York County, Pennsylvania, wants to end a 20-year tradition by denying the operation of Glenn Olsen’s Christmas Tree Lot due to a new ordinance dealing with temporary use permits.
Big deal, right? After all, old Glenn can just move his tree lot somewhere else, correct?
For more than 20 years Olsen has operated the Christmas tree lot from Ollie’s parking lot at 1081 Haines Road, with after-expense funds going to the York County Food Bank. Olsen told the supervisors that sales from the lot provided “eight tons of food and 115 turkeys for York County families last year.”
But to Springettsbury Township manager John Holman and the board of supervisors that there is no way around the law when it comes to Glenn Olsen’s Christmas tree lot. Citing the code, Holman says the township “can’t distinguish beetween nonprofits and for-profit corporations,” stressing that you “cannot treat them different.”