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Hanna junkyard moves junked cars close to boundary

Published June 08. 2010 05:00PM

At the June 1 meeting of the Washington Township supervisors Engineer Roy Stewart was given permission to address stormwater issues at the Alfred Hanna junkyard. It needs drainage pits.

Regulating and establishment of maintenance standards for junkyards was approved. There will be no burning of old vehicles because of toxic materials. How to apply for and renew permits is explained.

Hanna has recently moved cars close to the boundary on the basis that his junkyard was there before setbacks were set. Dave Meixsell asked if that was legal because the ordinance says 30 feet.

Zoning officer Justin Yaich said the Department of Environmental Protection was concerned with the number of cars and the Conservation District with water.

Commonwealth Court said the nonconforming use to the boundary could continue because it was there before the new regulations

John Ortiz requested and received an extension of six months for his parents Juan and Janice's subdivision.

The bid package for phase II of the rail-trail covering the area from Main Street to Slatedale is to be advertised.

A letter was received from American Legion Post 16 thanking the township for a $250 donation toward renovating the Civil War memorial in Union Cemetery, Slatington. Supervisor Josh Friebolin was over to see it and said, "It's money well spent."

Newside Estates wants to suspend its letter of credit and put it in place when work will be done on improvements. The bank wants the suspension to get it off its books. The escrow account for township fees will remain in place.

When you come back the improvements may be more expensive and have to be refigured, said Solicitor John Ashley.

Ashley will check the legal remifications.

A resolution on destruction of records was tabled because it did not include a list of what would be destroyed at what length of time.

Anyone who wants to excavate across a road needs a permit and will be given a list of standards. No excavation can be done within five years of paving or repairing. Utilities will be informed of the ordinance.

Outdoor fuel burning appliances were more clearly defined.

An amendment for new driveways or improvements to existing ones includes a nonrefundable filing fee that will be good only for one year. There will be no time extension. A security deposit will be required so the township can block a driveway if it does not meet standards.

Resident Ed Ziegler asked if the ordinances were advertised. Secretary JoAnn Ahner said they were.

Mildred Kistler again questioned why nothing can be done about the shed across Route 895 from her house. It is owned by William Schuck.

Kistler said she got a new lawyer who went to see the plan approved by the zoning hearing board. The Department of Environmental Protection had told her to go to the township.

"The zoning board made a decision and we can't do anything," said Ashley.

William Kistler asked last month when the streets would be swept. He was told they would be done as soon as the sweeper was fixed. This month Supervisor Gerald Phillips said it still was not working.

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