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Ligonier officials debate antique shop plans

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Ligonier Township supervisors and Laughlintown property owner Darl Dodson can't seem to agree even now that the permit for his antique shop has been approved.

During their meeting on Tuesday, supervisors issued Dodson a list of conditions for approval of the Center Street antique shop that came out of an Oct. 2 meeting.

The plan was originally denied in December by the supervisors, who said the proposal for a handicapped-accessible sidewalk 5 feet from Center Street could lead to accidents between pedestrians and motorists.

After Dodson and his wife, Marsima, filed an appeal with the Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas, Judge Anthony Marsili ruled in August that the township could not deny the plan without presenting any evidence of the danger.

Supervisors approved the plan at the special meeting on Oct. 2, but Dodson said on Tuesday that he objected to one of the conditions the supervisors attached to the approval.

The condition states that Dodson will be responsible for damage done to township vehicles caused by the sidewalk built in the right of way.

“That's like saying that if a township vehicle takes out the corner of my house, I'll have to pay for the damage of the truck because the house is in the right of way.”

“We're concerned that if we're plowing snow and we catch our plows on that sidewalk, it's going to bust up our snow plow,” said Supervisor Carl Penrod.

Dodson asked the supervisors to revisit that condition, which Supervisor Keith Whipkey said might be possible after the sidewalk is constructed and inspected.

In other news, Penrod submitted his letter of resignation effective Jan. 3.

The township will accept applications until Oct. 31 to fill the vacant position, which will be held until the next municipal election in November 2013.

Jewels Phraner is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or jphraner@tribweb.com.

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