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Trial dates set for Treasure Lake attempt to separate from township
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
On Monday, Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman signed an order noting May 16-17, 2013, as the non-jury trial dates for Treasure Lake's attempt to separate from Sandy Township and become its own borough.
Prior to the hearing, a pretrial conference is scheduled for April 10, 2013, in the judge's chambers.
As reported in a previous article, the committee majority of the Borough Advisory Committee decided that evidence against Treasure Lake becoming its own borough outweighs evidence in favor.
Ammerman noted that during a status conference, attorneys for the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association "indicated the intention of continuing the litigation notwithstanding the majority report of the Borough Advisory Committee strongly recommending against the incorporation of Treasure Lake as a borough."
During the May hearing, Ammerman will hear from the two parties involved, along with, if desired, the holders of any ownership interest in real property within the proposed borough, and their witnesses.
Ammerman said the two sides requested transcripts of the previous public hearings held before the Borough Advisory Committee. These transcripts will take approximately 90 days to formulate.
The three public hearings, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 4, were held at DuBois Area Middle School for the committee to hear evidence and public opinion. Public input was heard Oct. 4 from 25 people.
The committee includes the chairman, Attorney Peter F. Smith, along with Brady LaBorde and Mark Sullivan, both Sandy Township supervisors, and Robert Hanak and Jason Gray, representing Treasure Lake.
This committee was formed in response to a petition by a group of Treasure Lake residents seeking to incorporate the Treasure Lake section of Sandy Township as its own borough, and the case has been pending for four years.
After the two-day trial in May, Ammerman will decide whether to accept the committee majority's report and stop Treasure Lake's pursuit of becoming a borough, or decide with the committee minority and allow registered Treasure Lake voters to vote on the possible borough status.
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