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Ligonier Twp. Supervisors approve reclamation project

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:04 p.m.

Ligonier Township Supervisors passed a resolution to approve Coal Loader Inc.'s conditional use of Mellon No. 1, a 15.1-acre land reclamation project near Tosh Road.

According to the resolution, Coal Loaders Inc. will not haul coal when students are being transported to school, will not do any blasting, will provide Ligonier Township police a 24-hour emergency phone number, provide pull-offs on Tosh Road and maintain them, post appropriate road bonds and be responsible for any damage to the roads. The company will also do water testing for private property within 2,000 feet of the project.

The company will have 24 months to complete the project before its permit expires.

During public comment, Josh Turnbull, owner of Bull's Tavern on Route 30, expressed concern about the lack of police in the area. According to Turnbull, his business was robbed at gunpoint at 2:02 a.m. June 29, and authorities were also busy responding to two other incidents. Turnbull feels an increase in police force would better ensure the safety in the township.

Laughlintown residents Terry Coyne and Linda Charles expressed concern about a letter they received informing them they were in violation of an ordinance and had 10 days to correct the violation. Coyne operates the Conservatory plant and gift shop, while Charles rents from Coyne to operate the Curiosity Shop.

According to Supervisor Tim Komar, the township received a letter of concern from a resident claiming that the women were in violation of a conditional use approval issued to Coyne in January. The resident's letter stated that the property was being used for an “unsightly yard sale,” and the ordinance concerning small retail does not allow for outside storage of items.

Coyne and Charles plan to discuss the terms of the ordinance and the conditional use with Zoning Officer Cynthia Angelo. They also have the right to appeal the violation.

In other news:

• Supervisors approved a resolution for a contract for a 5-year PennDOT winter maintenance agreement for the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 winter seasons. According to Komar, the township has maintained Peoples Road and Owl Hollow Road for several years, and PennDOT pays for it. He added that it works out well for the township, making the roads safer for everyone.

• Supervisors approved to keep Cynthia Angelo as interim secretary and treasurer until further notice. She was initially appointed during a special meeting in May and was to stay in the position until July 1. Since the audit of the township is taking longer than expected and the township is transitioning from Peachtree to Quickbooks for its finances, she will remain interim secretary and treasurer.

The next supervisors meeting will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 13.