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one accessory building and two pool permits. He said there was no planning commission meeting.
However, two major commercial projects in the township were discussed. Snelson explained that he issued the final permit required for the Button-owned Blue Ridge Trail Plaza Convenience Store and Deli and the adjacent Button Oil Company’s propane gas business.
In addition, it was noted that, as an element of the Pennsy Supply, Small Mountain Quarry Conditional Use approval, the project will be revisited. Karpowich advised, “We are planning an inspection to ensure compliance.
He verified, “This is a continuation of the Land Development Plan approved by the supervisors. The supervisors approved the Land Development Plan and as part of that approval, there were certain requirements they had to meet. We are going to go out there and see that they meet those.
“Part of this is for integrity’s sake because this is what we promised the people that live around there,” the attorney said. “This is a 12 month inspection and we are going to go out and see that the conditions of the approval are being met. There have been no complaints and we want go out there and do this inspection so there are no complaints.”
But the supervisors did receive complaints about other matters relating to zoning issues.
Keith Hazlak, the neighbor of Stairville Road-based Mountain Express, Inc. again brought objections to the board. While an appeal of the township’s zoning hearing board is tied up in county court, Hazlak reports, harassment from the truck repair business is increasing. “It’s like I live next to a truck depot… that’s all I ever hear is a truck running.”
Karpowich explained that the supervisors are not party to the court case.
Hazlak countered, “Another thing
is with PennDOT. They have no Highway Occupancy Permit… They have no state permit to be pulling in and out of that driveway onto the state road. I guess PennDOT doesn’t care. Could somebody look into it?”
Snelson said that he had called the state agency, “They made note of it, but they said they are a regulatory agency, not enforcement.”
This raised the ire of Blue Ridge Trail business owner John Schenck of JL Market.
“I’m not somebody who likes to complain, I like to be peaceful. The harassment from my neighbors is just getting out of control.”
Schenck, who completed an extensive Land Development Plan process after complaints were lodged by his neighbors, brought his own complaints to the board. His objections began with the planting of a sizable evergreen tree at the corner of his lot, one he says is intended to grow into the right of way along the state road and block the visibility of people exiting his store and restaurant. “I’m trying to do this legally, by bringing this to my township. It cost me $10,000 to get a legal Highway Occupancy Permit. The canopy of that tree is already touching my property line.”
In addition, Schenck noted that there are many other violations, in his mind, to the township regulations. The man planted boulders in the state right of way.”
Snelson said that he contacted PennDOT on the matter and will look into the complaints raised and compliance with the township regulations.
The frustrated Schenck concluded, “I am tired of the antagonism of my neighbors. I only have my township to come back to. And I’m asking my township to resolve this.”
The next Dorrance meeting will take place on Monday, July 14th at 7 pm.