smoke kielbasa; it measures five by five feet. Neighbors have never complained about that action, he said, and less smoke is produced than from a fireplace. Board permission was now needed to use the smoker, however, as Orloski wants to use it for commercial purposes, to smoke kielbasa that he will sell at his restaurant, Leaf & Ladle on Route 309. The board unanimously approved the conditional use, with Orloski recusing himself.
During the regular board of supervisors meeting later that night, residents once again came to the board with concerns about a Dale Drive property. At the past few meetings, Mark Zurek and neighbors sought answers about the construction of an extended driveway in their neighborhood, which they said is unsightly and devalues their properties. Concerns also arose about stormwater runoff from the new home that was being built there.
At last month’s meeting, it was revealed, to Zurek’s and the supervisors’ astonishment, that the property owner, Joe Thomas, had not secured a building permit and yet had done considerable work on the property including installing a foundation for a new home. Zoning Officer John Doddo stated that, once he saw construction was happening there without a permit, he ordered Thomas to halt the work.
At the Nov. 7 meeting, while Zurek couldn’t attend, he wrote a letter to the board asking for an update on the situation. Orloski responded that, as of that day, no permits have been issued as the township is still waiting for a response from its engineer, Borton-Lawson, on stormwater management requirements.
Tom Gemmell, also of Dale Drive, was agitated and asked the board how Thomas could have possibly done as much construction as he had without the township knowing. Attorney Donald Karpowich told him that it is impossible to know what each and every resident does on their properties and that the township has two ways to find zoning violations: one is when others complain and the second is by patrolling the streets, which, he said, there isn’t much time or room in the township budget to accommodate.
Gemmell continued that he felt the board wasn’t doing enough to punish Thomas and said that, if he had been the one building without a permit, he’d have many fines to pay. The board responded that this isn’t true. “The law is meant to correct, not to punish,” Karpowich said. If someone builds without a permit, they must halt construction and get a permit. This could be costly, as they could be ordered to remove or replace what they’ve already put in, he said. If they continue construction without a permit, then they are fined up to $500 a day.
In his letter to the board, Zurek also asked if a gaming grant can be secured to install a splash pad at Memorial Park or if a walking trail can be installed there. Supervisor Michael Iorio, of the parks and recreation committee, answered that plans are in place to put a walking trail in. However, the park is being renovated in stages as grant money becomes available. In the last two years, all new playground equipment, fencing, picnic tables, and benches have been added to the park and the parking area was redone. No plans for a splash pad or wading pool have been discussed, Iorio added.