Dorrance Leaders Host March Meeting With Legal Items Pending

Lead by Supervisor Chair Gary Zane, the Dorrance board met on March 4th with agenda items mainly covering department reports.

While there was no public comment during the meeting, the board acknowledged afterward that legal action has been filed regarding the Pennsy Supply Quarry Conditional Use Approval granted in January.

In response to a question, Solicitor James Schneider affirmed that resident Kevin Casey has “filed a Notice of Land Use Appeal. In effect he’s asking for all of the records to be sent up to the court because he is appealing this.”

Schneider said that the township insurance carrier, PIRMA, has assigned Attorney John J. Mahoney, of Siana, Bellwoar and McAndrew of Chester Springs, PA, to defend the legal action.

Zane also confirmed that the Dorrance Zoning Hearing Board chaired by Mary Petro, will meet on March 7th to render its decision on the Variance request filed by Ed and Sandy Button.

The matter at hand is the placement of a 30,000 gallon propane tank. The board said that the tank was installed too close to the nearest residential property. “Our ordinance says it must be 400 feet and it’s only 300 feet,” Zane explained.

The hearing on the Variance request presented the Button’s application by Atty. Jack Dean, Atty. Schneider represented the township and Atty. Tom Mosca represented the Zoning Hearing Board.

In business matters, the supervisors voted to hire Steve’s Lawn Service to maintain the municipal grounds and sports fields. The contractor set a price of $16,800 for the maintenance work which begins April 15 and continues to October 31st. The approving vote was unanimous.

It was reported that the fire department responded to five motor vehicle accidents, one smoke alarm, one chimney fire and three drills. The ambulance crewed for 5 motor vehicle accidents, five medical calls and responded to assist the fire department twice.

The board announced that the Easter Egg Hunt was to be held on Saturday, March 16th for ages 1 to 10. Members of the organizing committee asked how to get funds to purchase the Easter Egg supplies. “That money’s been budgeted already, “Royce Engler stated, “You just come in and get it whenever you want.”