A West Penn Township official has made no bones about his intention to rid township roads of truck traffic.

Supervisor Tony Prudenti at Monday’s board of supervisors meeting asked the board for permission “to start negotiating with Mr. (Jay) Land for getting these trucks off our township roads.”

Land is president and owner of Ringgold Acquisition Group II LLC.

More specifically, Prudenti said his objective is to get “truck traffic off our township roads.”

But, both board Chairman Jim Dean and Supervisor Ted Bogosh were noncommittal.

“Tony, I’ve got to think about that one,” Dean said.

Bogosh said, “I’d like to see what you’re going to propose.”

Prudenti said he was going to propose what he has the past several months.

“I think it’s time we did something to get these trucks off our township roads,” he said.

Dean reiterated that he wasn’t ready to make a decision at this point in time.

Prudenti has said on several occasions that the township has to look at protecting residents’ wells, eliminating truck traffic and saving roads.

Last month, Christine Verdier, chief of staff for state Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, attended the board’s meeting to address any questions residents had about water extraction.

Verdier said the state Department of Environmental Protection would be sending a biologist out this spring to look at groundwater and surface water.

She said she’s spoken with about a dozen residents who have expressed concerns to her about water extraction.

Prudenti asked Verdier who is regulating the Fort Franklin site. Verdier said there is no permit in front of DEP because the operation hasn’t reached the average threshold of 100,000 gallons per day over a 30-day period.

Prudenti then asked what’s to stop everyone in attendance at the meeting from doing the same thing, to which Verdier responded there is nothing.

Dean announced at that meeting that the lawsuit that was pending has been discontinued.

In March, supervisors said they were reviewing an appeal filed by a township resident asking supervisors to revoke a zoning permit issued two years ago for a water extraction operation.

Resident Allison McArdle filed the appeal Feb. 28 asking supervisors to revoke the permit issued Jan. 13, 2015, to David Knoedler of Ringgold Acquisition Group II for property at One Fort Franklin Road.

Prudenti reiterated his main concerns at that time that the township has to look at protecting residents’ wells, eliminating truck traffic, and saving roads.

In February, Prudenti said he believes the time had come to update the municipality’s water extraction ordinance.

More than 50 people attended a board meeting held in November at the West Penn Fire Company, pleading with the board to shut down water extraction because they believe the wells are breaking a township ordinance.