Changes to Zoning Requirements
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, April 16, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY-There was a public hearing at the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors meeting last Wednesday, April 8, for an amendment to Zoning Ordinance 110.7 3 (c) “Commercial Principal Permitted Uses and Conditional Uses.” The amendment now makes any commercial recreational facility a conditional use, rather than principal permitted use.
The Delaware Township Planning Board requested the change following an application for an indoor gun range as a commercial indoor recreation facility. It was brought to their attention that an indoor gun range would fall under conditional usage, but that an outdoor gun range would have been considered a permitted usage. There were no stated objections to the change in the ordinance, and it was passed unanimously.
The Auditors’ Lawsuit continues to be a subject of discussion during Township meetings, with Ron Hough questioning what would happen now that the original allotment of legal fees has been exhausted. Township Solicitor Tom Farley explained that all briefs have been filed for the appeal and if the case is to be argued at the Superior Courts, there will be more costs.
Several residents expressed concern if the Auditors succeed in their appeal after Judge Linda Wallach Miller ruled against their complaint against Delaware Township, Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust, and previous Supervisors Ileana Hernandez and Thaddeus Parsell. With the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s constitution protecting pensions received, Farley, acknowledged, “It’s a mess.”
Township Supervisor Tom Ryan said outright, “We’re obligated to pay the bill” for the Auditors, no matter their opinion on the topic. He continued, “Let the courts decide” and “That’s where it should stay.” Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz added, “Our role is limited in all this,” and said the vote last meeting not to pay the check for the Auditor’s legal fees was a “vote on principle” and that “someone had to say no, even though there was nothing we could do.”
Several appointments and summer hires were also approved at the meeting, including Ed Hammond as Assistant Road Master, Luis Usera as Maintenance Foreman, Vincent Flatt and Michael Moffa as part-time seasonal maintenance, Nicholas Ottinger as a part time summer office intern, McKenzie McNamara as seasonal gatekeeper and lifeguard manager, and Florence Evers as part-time seasonal recreation director.
In Other Business
The Supervisors increased the Township Building and Kitchen use fee to $200, previously $150, to reflect the increase in quality of the facilities, particularly the recently renovated kitchen.
The Delaware Township Fire Company had their new engine delivered and they are currently working on mounting equipment. They expect to have it in operation by the end of April or early May.
PEEC will have a Grand Opening for their “Trail for Everyone,” a new ADA-accessible interpretive trail, at 1 p.m. on April 25, coinciding with the Annual Earth Day Festival.
The Dingmans Ferry Lion’s Club will hold their annual fishing contest 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, with a rain date of May 3. It will take place at the usual location of Egli Pond, on Route 739. For more information, call Audrey Mervine-Mead at 570-828-6285.
The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 22 at the Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, in Dingmans Ferry. Public workshops start at 5 p.m.