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JT working to reorganize zoning hearing board

Published February 25. 2011 05:00PM

Jim Thorpe Borough Council has been working to reorganize the structure of the council and committees. Along with the Borough Council the Zoning Hearing Board will also be reorganized. Thursday night's Zoning Hearing Board meeting was the first step to the board's reorganization.

At last night's meeting, zoning board members discussed what needs to be reorganized. The board wants to look at the zoning guidelines and how the board functions under them. Borough Manager Wesley Johnson said, "We need to take a look at the by-laws and the way zoning hearings are supposed to proceed."

Borough Council President, John McGuire stated, "We reorganized everything in the borough. We reorganized the office, the council, and the planning committee. Now we are going to straighten out the procedures on zoning." McGuire also went on to state that this meeting is the starting point to get everything together. The Zoning Hearing Board will continue reorganizing the committee at future meetings.

Over the past year the Borough Council has been reorganizing the committees to help keep borough business in order. Along with the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board, the committees have been reorganized into the Emergency Services Committee, the Administration, Finance and Building Committee, and the Public Services and Utilities Committee. These committees meet every month and are open to the public.

There is a spot open on the Zoning Hearing Board and the Administration Committee will be interviewing possible candidates at next weeks meeting. After a new candidate is selected, Johnson wants to get all new and current board members together to look at the guidelines and work on a new structure for the board.

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