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Library proposed for Kidder Twp.

Published August 02. 2012 05:01PM

On Wednesday the Kidder Township Planning Commission heard details about a proposed library that will serve those living in the northern portion of Carbon County.

Barbara Franzosa of the Friends of the Penn/Kidder Library was on hand to present the plans to the commission.

The proposed building will be composed of modular units measuring about 660 square feet and will meet ADA requirements. The library will be located at Pine Point Plaza on land provided by Franzosa.

Franzosa requested that the commission look into what surveys, permits and other regulations will be needed for the proposed building. Kidder Township Zoning Officer, Ginny Compton, pointed out that many of the regulations and studies have been covered in the recent past when a pizza shop was built on the same property.

It was suggested by commission member Lou Montanaro that some of the information gathered for that project might be acceptable for use on the new proposal.

Chairman Gene Getz acknowledged that since the library would be a 501(3)(c) tax exempt entity, and it would be voluntarily serving the community, they should see what the township could do to keep the costs to the library down. Similarly, the township supervisors, at their July meeting, had already agreed to waive permit fees for library fundraisers.

Joe Ferdinand, the planning commission's new counsel, and Compton agreed to look into what would be required and to see where they could save by using the information already generated during the previous project at Pine Point Plaza.

Also addressing the commission on Wednesday were Ellen McGinnis and Angelo Dubravski of the Lake Harmony Group. McGinnis said the group is seeking an ordinance that it could rely on regarding docks on Lake Harmony.

According to McGinnis, docks that have been built on the lake over the years do not conform to the existing guidelines set out by the township. Some of these docks do not meet setback requirements and some even encroach on private property.

The Lake Harmony Group is an association that owns the access streets and lake beds of a good portion of Lake Harmony. The docks have become an issue because much of the bulkhead surrounding the lake is deteriorated and in need of replacement. The group plans on replacing the old rail road ties with rock. The rocks will inhibit erosion and actually slow the return of the water when the waves hit the shoreline.

In order to replace the bulkheads, the docks will have to be removed. The group plans on replacing the wooden docks with a new modular dock system.

Montanaro agrees with the group's assessment of the bulkhead situation and that the docks will have to be removed to complete the project, but believed the ordinance that the group is seeking would be "spot" zoning, which would cause more problems in the long run.

He also pointed out that Lake Harmony is not the only lake in Kidder Township and that the ordinance should not apply to other lakes or docks. His suggestion was that the group should come to the board for a variance on a street by street basis.

The commission also discussed the 911 address requirements.

The final plan should be ready for approval by the next commission meeting.

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