Playground Equipment Grant, Zoning Issues Discussed At Dorrance Meeting

Dorrance will soon have new playground equipment and picnic tables and refurbished tennis and basketball courts thanks to a $79,000 grant.

Supervisors praised the efforts of Secretary Pat Davis, who wrote the application for the grant from the Luzerne County Local Share Account –money paid out through Act 71, the Gaming Act.

Davis will research prices and order playground equipment. Once it comes in, the township will announce a Community Day to help with installation.

“We have a lot of contractors in the township,” Davis said after the meeting, noting volunteer labor could save the township a lot of money.

In other business, zoning officer Alan Snelson announced he had granted K-Val II, the former J&L Market, a permit to enclose its front porch area. Supervisor Kevin Gallagher protested the market doesn’t have the proper permits for its business activities. He said the market was issued one restaurant permit and one store permit, but it is now operating two cash registers, and neither is for a restaurant. Beer and wine are sold from one register, while the second retail area is a convenience store/deli.

“That’s two stores,” Gallagher said. Hypothetically, “they could lease one store to someone else,” meaning there could be implications for other businesses in the township. Snelson said he would review the situation with township solicitor Don Karpowich and make a recommendation to supervisors.

Township residents David Green and Michael Medvitz brought a neighbor dispute to the meeting. For 15 years, Medvitz has operated a body shop out of his garage as his primary source of income. Outside the meeting, he said a local dealership brings him a couple cars per week to repair.

Medvitz said he uses water-based paints, is EPA compliant and keeps noise levels low.

At issue is whether the property was ever granted a proper permit for a business because it’s located in a residential zone. Mr. Medvitz said he was issued an occupancy permit in