Meeting Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Dorrance Twp. Board of Supervisors was held on Monday, May 10, 2021. Present were Mr. Zane, Mr. Wengrzynek, Mr. Gallagher and Atty. Karpowich.

Mr. Zane opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and announced the meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Zane asked if there were any public comments on agenda items only to be voted upon by the Supervisors at this meeting. There were none.

Mr. Wengrzynek made a motion, seconded by Mr. Zane to accept the minutes of last month’s regular meeting. All voted aye. Mr. Zane made a motion to accept the cash report, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek. All voted aye. Mr. Gallagher made a motion to pay all bills as presented, seconded by Mr. Zane. All voted aye.

The zoning report was read. The Planning Commission meeting was held regarding the Rochon minor subdivision which will be voted on tonight.

Atty. Karpowich reported that the Township received phone calls and a letter signed by residents regarding the recent blast at Pennsy Supply. The Conditional Use Decision indicates that this may be a violation of a few of the conditions of the Conditional Use Decision. A Notice of Violation will be prepared and sent by the Zoning Officer. Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gallagher to forward this matter to the Zoning Officer for action. All voted aye. Gwen Sakowski, Alberdeen Road commented that this is basically a slap on the wrist. And what happens when they do it again. Atty. Karpowich said we have to follow the PA MPC on what we can do. If a notice of violation is issued and it occurs again, then a civil enforcement proceeding could be filed. We will also be scheduling an annual inspection of the quarry with the Supervisors, Engineer, Zoning Officer and myself. Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Wengrzynek to schedule the annual inspection. All voted aye.

The Fire company and ambulance reports were read. There was no EMA report. The Roadmaster report was placed on file.

The following announcements were read: The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7 pm.

A Talen Energy/EMA training meeting will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, May, 19th at the Municipal Building. EMA Coordinator Gwen Sakowski announced that there will also be an EMA drill on June 22 at 6 pm at the Municipal Building.

CORRESPONDENCE: A signed letter was received from some residents of the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course development regarding the explosion from the Pennsy Supply Quarry on Small Mountain Road on April 15th around 11:25 am. There is a list of 7 items requested. The complete letter will be read aloud. Atty. Karpowich said that DEP issued a Notice of Violation and the Township will also. As far as hours of operation being changed that would require advertising and a public hearing since that is the way the hours of operation were set. The Dept. of Mining and DEP regulate the blasting.


NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Wengrynek made a motion, seconded by Mr. Zane to approve the Rochon Minor Subdivision per the Planning Commission’s recommendation provided the county comments are received and completed and clarification of a property line on the map by the Surveyor for the Wincek property are obtained. Brent Birth, Surveyor clarified the property line. Comments were not received by

the County. They have 30 days from submission. Approval was made with the condition that if County comments are received they are addressed as needed. All voted aye.

We will open the bids for the advertised road work to double seal coat Hollow Road and Subyak Road and single seal coat Prospect Road and double center line paint.

Bids: Midland Asphalt $57,805.10, Pocono Spray Patching $57,761.68, Asphalt Maintenance Solutions $58,194.00.

Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gallagher to award the bid to Pocono Spray Patching at a cost of $57,761.68. All voted aye.

PUBLIC COMMENT: By citizens and taxpayers of Dorrance, on matters not appearing on this agenda, the Supervisors will be available after the meeting to address questions and concerns by citizens and taxpayers.

Jim Martinchek, St. Mary’s Road asked if anyone knew when Stairville Road would be reopened as traffic is crazy on St. Mary’s Road.

Gwen Sakowski, Alberdeen Road asked about the state fixing the potholes on Alberdeen Road by the golf course and the paving that was never finished by the bridge at the end of Alberdeen Road.

John Domyan, Rocky Road Lane asked what the definition of R1 is and said his neighbor has a motorcycle track in his yard and it’s extremely loud and annoying.

Pat Nealon, South Mountain Blvd asked how to go about trying to get PennDot to put a turning lane on Route 309 in the home and business area where there have already been accidents and the amount of traffic keeps increasing making it more likely there will be a deadly accident. Also, I’d like you to look at a possible subdivision.

Mr. Zane made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gallagher to adjourn at 8:07 pm. All voted aye.