Pequea Twp. moves planning meetings
BY ELAINE J. JONES, Correspondent
Pequea Township supervisors announced Jan. 16 that the township's planning commission meetings will be held the last Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. Previously, the planning commission met on the first Thursday of the month.
The supervisors also addressed a number of other old and new business items at their first meeting of the year.
A nuisance ordinance enacted last summer will be put to use after the board authorized enforcement on a property owner.
Chairman Harry Lehman said the action stems from "complaints about the smell and trash" accumulated at 2180 Millersville Road.
Township officials have made numerous attempts to resolve the issue with the homeowners who are in a "divorce situation," according to zoning officer Mark Deimler, who said official notices by mail have not been acknowledged.
Although the property is not condemned, the trash build-up presents a "health/safety issue," Deimler said, and the parts of the building have a coating of green algae.
The board authorized the township to remove the trash and assert a lien for all costs associated with its efforts.
Supervisor Jay Reynolds suggested giving the property owners "one last courtesy" warning before proceeding with legal action, but Deimler said he has little faith they will cooperate.
In another matter at the meeting, the board came to a unanimous decision regarding public comments during meetings.
Lehman made the recommendation that the township follow the guidelines suggested by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which limits a person's public comments to three minutes and dictates how and when such comments can be made.
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