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Solicitor to review, rework windmill ordinance in Hegins

No action was taken on a proposed windmill ordinance at the monthly meeting of Hegins Township Supervisors last week. Instead, township solicitor David Rattigan, who wrote and advertised a preliminary ordinance, requested more time to review an ordinance passed by a township in Blair County, in western Pennsylvania.

HEGINS - No action was taken on a proposed windmill ordinance at the monthly meeting of Hegins Township Supervisors last week.

Instead, township solicitor David Rattigan, who wrote and advertised a preliminary ordinance, requested more time to review an ordinance passed by a township in Blair County, in western Pennsylvania.

"I just received their ordinance last week, and I would like more time to go over it," said Rattigan. "I believe they are a bit ahead of us, and there are items in their ordinance that should be incorporated into ours. I think it would be good to add more teeth to the ordinance."

The push to pass such an ordinance comes after BP Wind Energy has proposed the construction of a windmill farm in the township that has been opposed by many residents on the grounds that the safety and sanctity of the valley, as well as property values, would all decrease.

Rattigan said his ordinance is comparable to model ordinances provided by the state, and he also took some information from the cell phone ordinance that was constructed several years ago.

Several residents in attendance voiced their concern and offered suggestions to supervisors on how... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

HEGINS - No action was taken on a proposed windmill ordinance at the monthly meeting of Hegins Township Supervisors last week.

Instead, township solicitor David Rattigan, who wrote and advertised a preliminary ordinance, requested more time to review an ordinance passed by a township in Blair County, in western Pennsylvania.

"I just received their ordinance last week, and I would like more time to go over it," said Rattigan. "I believe they are a bit ahead of us, and there are items in their ordinance that should be incorporated into ours. I think it would be good to add more teeth to the ordinance."

The push to pass such an ordinance comes after BP Wind Energy has proposed the construction of a windmill farm in the township that has been opposed by many residents on the grounds that the safety and sanctity of the valley, as well as property values, would all decrease.

Rattigan said his ordinance is comparable to model ordinances provided by the state, and he also took some information from the cell phone ordinance that was constructed several years ago.

Several residents in attendance voiced their concern and offered suggestions to supervisors on how to deal with the proposed wind farm.

Hegins resident Ken Graham suggested supervisors make BP put at least a half-million dollars for each turbine into an escrow account held by the township.

"Let this company be held liable, make them put up the money," said Graham. "Get cash collateral from them and let them be liable. We shouldn't be giving them a free pass."

Graham said he spoke to representatives from Fort Indiantown Gap and the Schuylkill County Joe Zerbey Airport regarding the project.

He said both the fort and the Department of Aviation are concerned about the proposed windmills because their construction could cause interference with communications, radio signals and frequencies.

Rattigan suggested that Graham ask representatives from the fort and the airport to get involved and be willing to testify if needed.

The ordinance will be discussed at next month's meeting, 7 p.m. June 7 at the township building.

Rattigan and the supervisors continue to seek public input.

Act 537

Aerial mapping required to move forward with the sewer project for the township will not be completed until fall at the earliest, supervisors said, because they have not yet heard from neighboring Hubley Township on their stake in the project.

According to Hegins supervisors, Hubley officials signed their activities report and are in the process of collecting samples.

Zoning Officer Allan Swab questioned whether there would be a separate sewer authority from the water authority.

Demetrius Kasmari from the Hegins-Hubley Water Authority said that decision would be up to the supervisors. He said they would have to have someone in charge who was certified. Kasmari said he is not currently certified in that area, but told the supervisors that a person can hold both certifications.

Answers sought

In other business, Dianne Hatter, Hegins, inquired about solutions to prevent tractor-trailers from coming over the curb onto the front of her property located at Route 25 and 125.

Hatter said she contacted the state Department of Transportation, which told her it was a township issue.

"I don't know where to turn," Hatter said. "I call the state and they say it's township, I call the township and they say it's state. I would like to know who's responsible and what can be done."

Supervisor Vicki Harman suggested Hatter write a letter to PennDOT, and by doing so, the state may give her permission to erect a barrier to prevent the trucks from coming onto her property.

Wolfgang subdivision

Resident Susan Troup requested the supervisors require the land owner of lot No. 5 of the Wolfgang subdivision, adjacent to Troup's home, state in writing that water will not accumulate on her land as a result of farming done on the adjacent property.

"I have no problem that the land is being farmed, I just want to protect my assets. I don't want water in my basement like the problem residents had on Walnut Street last year."

Keith Masser, who owns the property, said he has rights as the landowner and that he would have to go through the Department of Soil and Conservation for anything he would want to do on the land. Masser agreed to have a note added that he would not construct an earthen dam that would cause a water problem to other property owners.

Police

Hegins Township police department announced it has been chosen as a June recipient of a $500 grant from the North Central Highway Safety Network. The grant will be used for seat belt enforcement.

Snow plow bids

No bids have been received in regard to the advertised sale of an old snow plow owned by the township, causing the supervisors to choose to advertise the plow one more time. If there are still no bids received, the supervisors said they will place a for sale sign on the piece of equipment to solicit its sale.

Swimming pool

The supervisors announced that opening day for the Tri-Valley Community Pool will be June 10.


Source: http://republicanherald.com...

MAY 9 2010
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