WAYNESBORO, Pa. —A Tomstown Road resident on Monday became the first person to receive permission to do metal detecting in Washington Township, Pa., parks since the township supervisors placed restrictions on the activity.
Dave Shifflett told the Washington Township Supervisors he enjoys using his metal detector to search for coins he gives his grandson.
People doing metal detecting are not allowed to do so at the Battle of Monterey Pass battlefield. They are not allowed to dig significant holes or leave markers behind.
The supervisors want Civil War artifacts from Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., for the Battle of Monterey Pass interpretive center, Supervisor Dick McCracken said.
Supervisor William Conrad told Shifflett to treat Red Run Park and Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area with the respect a golfer would treat a golf course.
“I’m there for an hour,” Shifflett said. “You won’t even know I’m there.”
Other people would probably like to do metal detecting, Shifflett said.
The metal-detecting regulations developed after a Blue Ridge Summit resident told someone searching in Happel’s Meadow Wetlands Preserve to leave, even though there were no rules at the time, according to Jeff Geesaman, chairman of the supervisors.
McCracken encouraged Shifflett to carry his permission letter with him.