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Fox Township supervisors address business items

September 14, 2011

Among items recently approved by the Fox Township Supervisors were a zoning ordinance and map amendments.
"The Planning Commission has made a tremendous effort and we applaud them for their work. The board appreciates their efforts," said Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller.
Rosa Rano expressed concern about vehicles speeding along a portion of SR 948 near her home located near Main Street in Kersey.
"It's not safe, especially with kids walking to the park," Rano said.
She added that trucks using their jake breaks also pose a disturbance.
Supervisor, Public Works Director and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi said he would put in a request from PennDOT to have an electronic speed sign placed near the area of concern. He added that he will also inquire with the Pennsylvania State Police about having speed coverage there as well.
Rano also questioned the supervisors about how alleyways are classified within the township. Her inquiry stems from a concern about a tree situated behind her home which is losing branches and is posing a potential danger.
Keller said the township does not own the alleyways; although they may own some of the right-of-ways and driveways, they are not responsible for alleyways.
"The township has no right to go on them or maintain them," said Fox Township Supervisor David Pontzer.
Pontzer added that the township would have to review subdivisions to see the original layout of the properties and that responsibility for the alleyways may revert back to property owners.
Scott Tamburlin questioned the supervisors about information discussed during last month's public meeting regarding setbacks for water courses in reference to any type of oil and gas wells. Tamburlin claimed the supervisors never conveyed information brought up at the public hearing in reference to the setbacks to the township's planning commission.
"The only thing the planning commission heard was the definition of a water source," Tamburlin said.
Pontzer explained that a stormwater management ditch would not fall under the definition of a water source, nor would farm ditches or ditches located next to driveways.
"The definition has been well-thought out. The definition makes sense," Pontzer said.
Gradizzi added that a tributary would be considered a water source.
"The amount of time to react to contamination is very limited, but if it's a ditch, chances of catching it are better. We can dam it up, etc.," Gradizzi explained.
He added that a flowing water course, like a stream, gets diluted.
According to Gradizzi, there are five tributaries that flow into the Laurel Run Reservoir. Setbacks are required for each of them.

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