Dorrance Leaders Approve Road Bid
GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE-The Mountaintop Garden Club held a plant sale as a fundraiser for the club last Saturday, just in time for Mother’s Day. The plant sale was one of the largest in the area, featuring annuals, perennials, ground cover and hanging baskets. Shown from left are Garden Club members Nancy Blaquiere, Dianne Sawyer, Dawn Clark and Carolyn Fisher.

Dorrance Township supervisors, lead by Gary Zane, approved advertisement of a paving project at their May 6th meeting.

With $75,000 pending in Office of Community Development funds, the board agreed to seek bids to install a 9.5mm Superpave wearing surface.

The project has been in the works for a year, beginning with the Board’s application for these federal funds to resurface the township part of St. Mary’s Road.

Roadmaster Todd Badman has been repairing sections of the road in increments, including repairing potholes and cutting and restoring the road edge in places.

Supervisor Bill Wengrzynek made the motion to, “advertise for 988 tons of Superpave Wearing Course in place for the 2012 Community Development Grant to overlay/pave as much of St. Mary’s Road as funds allow. Bids will be opened at the June 3, 2013 meeting.”

In other business, Zoning Officer Alan Snelson reported that four permits were issued in April: an addition to a communication tower, two accessory structures and an Occupancy Permit. A total of $350 was collected in fees.

Planning business related to the review of the Pennsy Supply Land Development Plan for the extension of the mining operation. Snelson said, “That will be heard at the next planning commission meeting which will be the third Thursday of the month –so the Pennsy approval will be considered.”

A zoning issue was raised under public comment when Keith Hazlak of Stairville Road appealed for the board’s intervention in a disturbing situation. Hazlak said that a neighbor is conducting a tractor trailer repair business that has become an around-the-clock operation.

He said that the Mountain Express Trucking has been operating, “24/7. I can’t sleep at night. They are directly across the street from me. I’ve got dust issues; I’ve got fume issues from the trucks’ excessive idling.”

Hazlak said that he consulted Snelson about the business and a letter was sent by Snelson to them and ever since, the situation has gotten worse.

Snelson said, “I sent a letter that explained that they had a pre-existing non-conforming use… I found

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