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Riverwalck court hearings results will take another 60 days

Published November 23. 2011 05:01PM

Mark W. Stemler, owner of Riverwalck Saloon, 8 Center St., Parryville, spent a good part of his day on Tuesday in Carbon County Court. It resulted in a 60-day continuation until resolution of the issues that began shortly after he began making modifications and additions to the restaurant about two and a-half years ago.

This latest set of hearings stemmed from Parryville Zoning Officer Richard Fedor filing a contempt complaint against Stemler, claiming he continued to do construction at the site after a stipulation was filed in December of 2009 ordering him to stop all construction.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided over the hearing. Only Stemler and Fedor testified.

The issue of contention seemed to center on whether Stemler had a hood cover over the exhaust duct built after December 2009. Under cross examination, Stemler said that the hood duct exhaust was necessary in the running of a restaurant, and was likely being cleaned the day the photo was taken as it is removable.

Representing Stemler was attorney Carole Walbert. Attorney Michael Greek represented Parryville Borough.

Greek has 30 days to file his finding of fact and conclusion of law. Walbert has 30 days after she reads that document to reply.

A second hearing, which was held in the afternoon, with attorney Gregory Mousseau representing the Parryville Zoning Hearing Board, was continued for 60 days. That hearing centers on Stemler seeking approval to the zoning ordinance relating to set backs and footage, parking requirements, allowing usage of decks/porches seasonally, dimensional requirements for parking spaces, eliminate the off-street loading space requirement, plus converting one of the outbuildings to a garage and storage facility.

He also wants to add attic space in one of the secondary outbuildings and seeks to modify the structure, seeks to convert a second outbuilding to allow the building to be used for covered parking and storage, and to convert the second building from residential use to covered motorcycle parking and storage.

Stemler also seeks a variance for the entryway to remain because it controls the flow of traffic and access to the premises, plus he seeks a variance from the sign setback.

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