Sandy Township reviews zoning change|
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
DUBOIS - At last night's Sandy Township Board of Supervisors meeting, a public hearing was held for a proposed zoning map change for the Metaltech Inc. and K&C Dental Center properties.
The map change is for rezoning of the two parcels from an "I," Industrial Zoned District, to a "C-HLI," Commercial Light Industrial Highway. Metaltech Inc. property is 1.56 acres and K&C Dental is .399 acres, and both properties are adjacent to Watson Highway, U.S. Route 219.
Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer Jim Keck said, "The township planning commission felt that it was beneficial with this change for it to be consistent with the rest of the properties on Watson Highway."
Keck noted that rezoning will allow the two properties to fit more appropriately within zoning character of the U.S. 219 corridor; allow existing businesses to expand and create more jobs; and will allow the two properties to be zoned like the present businesses. He also said there has been no negative feedback on this change.
After hearing the evidence, supervisors approved Ordinance 1-2013 for this zoning change.
Supervisors heard about a conditional use request for Fremer Reclamation Inc. and Steve Gertz. A representative from J.M. Delullo Stone Sales Inc. spoke about a possible mining project at the site. He said they plan to extract sandstone and possibly clay, but only clay if it's within the sandstone formations.
Supervisor Jim Jeffers asked what effects this would have on residents' wells and water. The Delullo representative said they should be far enough from the water so it should not have any effect.
Supervisors approved sending this request to the planning commission.
Chairman Brady LaBorde said Police Chief Don Routch received a letter from Melanie McGinnis, vice president of S&T Bank at the DuBois Mall, commending the police force for its help during a recent incident (robbery) and for telling the bank to close its doors to keep employees and customers safe.
Dave Sylvis, supervisor, read a letter which is a response to the recent Courier-Express article that had statements from Chris Corcoran updating the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association board on the TLPOA borough initiative. The author said this was "another example of the myopic view of a board of directors unable to recognize reality."
The letter also notes that Corcoran has accused the township supervisors of spreading "half-truths and misrepresentations."
Engineer Perry Bowser said that he met with the public works director last week at the state Department of Transportation office in Clearfield along with the PennDOT traffic department and representatives from Sheetz. He said that Sheetz plans to do its renovation work while the intersection of U.S. Routes 119 and 322 (near the store) is worked on next summer.
Bowser also discussed the bridge on Old Bliss Run Road. He said that he hopes to have the bridge superstructure out for bid as soon as possible. "I'm checking with PennDOT on the approval process for that bridge superstructure," said Bowser. "We would like to be able to receive reimbursement for it." He added that they are hoping for a July construction date.
During public comment, Dr. Jeffrey Rice spoke to supervisors about his train car-dining project at Dr. Doolittle's near Falls Creek. Rice has a 1947 car in his possession, which he plans to convert into a restaurant.
He is also interested in two other rail cars including a 1927 car used by President Harry S. Truman. Rice said he thinks this project would bring tourists to the township/area with it being in close proximity to Interstate 80.
Rice was asking supervisors for their support for his hearing with the township's Building Code Board of Appeals on Feb. 12.
In other business:
• it was noted that the James Doan Sr. and Pittsburgh and Shawmut property zoning change hearing will be held March 18.
• supervisors approved a minor subdivision/lot consolidation request for Charles F. Ellis Jr.
• Sylvis and Mark Sullivan, supervisor, and Chairman Brady LaBorde commended township police for their handling of the recent Royers 219 Auto Sales robbery.
• Manager Dick Castonguay was absent from the meeting.
An executive session was held after the meeting.
The next board of supervisors' meeting will be held Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.