In a split 3-2 vote, Mahoning Township supervisors granted a six month extension for the Carbon County commissioners' Packerton Business Park Major Subdivision, but tabled seven waivers requested by the project's engineering firm Carbon Engineering.
"I was at the Planning Commission meeting and the waiver regarding turning radii was tabled by them while a few others failed and the rest were split on whether to recommend them or not," said Chairperson John Wieczorek. "I just don't feel comfortable that we have enough information to proceed with deciding upon these waivers."
Supervisor George Stawnyczyj said while he agreed that he was not in favor of the fourth waiver, he didn't see a problem with the others.
"If they really wanted us to give them the waivers tonight I would have thought that (Carbon Engineering's project engineer) Ron Tirpak would have been here to explain them," said Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt, who agreed with Wieczorek that there were some questions that should be addressed before a decision is reached on the waivers.
Besides requesting a waiver for the turning radii of the curves in the park, the county is also requesting waivers on stormwater discharges, encroachment on the flood plain, minimum center line grading, prohibiting dead end streets, pin markers on the curves and variances on the cartway and curbing.
While the meeting's agenda indicated that many of the waivers were recommended, Wieczorek told the board that they were split decisions and in the turning radii was tabled. "I just feel there needs to be more answers." One of the concerns Wieczorek expressed was that the intersection appears to join with the road crossing Route 209 on a property the county doesn't even own. "I feel that if we grant these waivers unconditionally or prematurely, we lose control if the county fails to get the property."
Some of the supervisors agreed with Wieczorek that it was a bit premature to grant waivers that would affect the intersection with Route 209 since the county has not even made any attempt to obtain rights to the property they would need to complete the intersection.
Wieczorek also expressed concerns with the safety of the intersection but said, "According to Mr. Tirpak, this will be the best and most expensive intersection in the county. With that said, they are lining up this 'best intersection' with private property that they made no effort to obtain for this project."
All of the waivers were tabled until the supervisors could get more information on the purpose of them as well as why the planning commission's conditions for several of them were placed.
The extension of the development plan brought little discussion, but the board split on approving the six month extension from June 23, 2011 until January 31, 2012 on a vote of 3-2 with Supervisors Franklin Ruch and Linda Benner opposing the extension and Stawnyczyj, Wieczorek and Steigerwalt approving it. Neither dissenter made any comment as to why they opposed the extension.