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Supervisors discuss state court ruling on Packerton Yards project

Published November 27. 2013 05:01PM

The ongoing saga of Packerton Yards was discussed Monday in Mahoning Township.

John Wieczorek, chairman of the Mahoning Township Board of Supervisors, spoke about state court's decision, announced last week, that found in favor of the municipality's position that Carbon County Commissioners need to provide sidewalks for the project.

The resulting ruling, according to Wayne Nothstein, chairman of the county board of commissioners, appears to have halted the project.

"I thought it was more interesting what they didn't say, than what they did say," said Wieczorek.

He pointed out the commissioners knew the requirements from the first day they drew their plans in 2008, and according to Wieczorek, they did not make a serious effort to comply. He pointed out the waivers were on the first set of plans and the county never claimed any hardship or problems complying with the regulations at any time during the process, knowing that sidewalks were required by the ordinance.

"They made an assumption that because it was an industrial park, they would not need sidewalks," he said.

He pointed out the county has mentioned the money for this project was coming from grants, and asked if the money they spent would need to be returned.

"The commissioners said everyone made bad decisions," noted Wieczorek, "then if that is the case they did too."

In other business, Wieczorek announced to supervisors the Central Tax Committee negotiated a settlement with the Traveler, the bonding agent for CenTax.

He said the attorney was able to recover $120,000 and after attorney fees, the remaining $75,000 will be escrowed in an account and paid to municipalities at the rate of the weighted votes they have on the committee. Mahoning Township's portion will be 3.35 percent or about $2,500.

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