The Schuylkill County Zoning Hearing Board will defend its decision in the county court from its decision in denying the application of E.O.J. Inc., of New Ringgold, to allow its coal company to strip mine on a mountain in Palo Alto. The company has filed an appeal in the county court to have the decision overturned but no date has yet been set for hearing.

The announcement was made by Attorney Christopher Hobbs, solicitor for the board, at the conclusion of its monthly session which was held Thursday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville. The announcement was in response to concerned citizens from Palo Alto who appeared at the session and inquired the board's position. Hobbs told the delegation that the "board stands by its decision and will contest the appeal in court."

The mining company owns three tracts in Palo Alto containing 114.53 acres, 87.17 acres and 16.2 acres with the first tract in area zoned R3-(Multi-Family Residentual and the other two CR (Consevative Residential).

Other business

The board held a hearing on the application of Paul Vuksta who seeks to construct a steel residential garage on a vacant lot in the 100 block of South Street, Minersville. The area has no homes but only garages within that block. The board granted the variance.

The board also handed down a decision on a application heard at last month's meeting from Jerry S. and Tracey Kreiser and granted them permission to construct a trailer on their property on Lake Front Drive in Washington Township.