The Lackawaxen Board of Supervisors were busy at their August meeting where they examined and adopted three ordinances and addressed other matters.
The president of the Lackawaxen Ambulance (Squad 21), AJ Manzione asked the board to designate Pike County ALS as the primary paramedic provider for the township. He explained that the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) would rather work with Pike and there is a station in Squad 21's own ambulance building. There would be no change in urgent care, instead Manzione said the point of the designation is that the squad's, "primary goal is urgent care." The board approved the designation.
Township Solicitor Tony Waldron, spent a large part of the meeting explaining the purposes behind Ordinance 97, 99 and 100 which the board adopted, following his explanations.
He said Ordinance 97 is about three things. Firstly, changes to zoning districts that include a re-designation of an area for recreational vehicle district. Secondly, amending the setback requirements for stables, more specifically, commercial stables. And third, with respect to recreational cabins there is a provision in the state law about the building code that exempts recreational cabins from being regulated, but still has to meet building code requirements.
There were changes with the township maps, that included a designation of an area that was an existing mobile home park and recreational area, Waldron said. That change, he added, affects Laurel Woods in Greeley.
The largest change, he said, runs along Route 6. Properties within the area, such as commercial stores and professional offices will become conforming. He explained that the change occurred because it is meant to promote the area as highways are the, "best place to put commercial use." By having commercial properties developed, Waldron said they too have to pay taxes, usually more than residential properties. With the businesses, the township expenditure really doesn't increase and instead taxes may be kept down, he added. The other change occurred along Route 434, where the area was expanded. For those concerned about taxes, Waldron said, "just because the zone changed, it doesn't mean taxes are going to change."
A member of the public was concerned with the zoning changes financially affecting RV park residents. The change though, Waldron said have no impact on state law. Which Supervisor Brian Stuart added that the state's ruling is final. As a nonconforming use, Waldron said as an RV zone, the uses are allowing the zoning.
Supervisor Brian Stuart said the standards in the residential communities along the Route 6 corridor are fine because the township never enforced deed restrictions.
Ordinance 99 regarding procedures for uncertified buildings, Stuart said is important because there have been commercial building without certification.
Waldron said the point of ordinance 99 is to provide a procedure for the township to use service standards with certificates of occupancy for uncertified buildings. Simply, Stuart added that the ordinance gives the township,"the power to say no one is going to die here," so businesses can be expanded. This ordinance, he said, could really help the local businesses continue to grow.
Page 2 of 2 - Ordinance 100, concerning the improper dumping and disposal of waste, was approved. The primary purpose behind the ordinance, Waldron said is to prosecute people who dispose of waste in an improper manner. The best part of the ordinance, he said, is that the township has an enforcement right to seek a final penalty that includes a coverage of any costs involved in cleanup.
Resolution #2013-04 regarding a ground for storage building for road materials was approved. The resolution authorizes the township to apply for money and build a new self storage shed, Stuart explained.
At the May 20th meeting, the board voted on the conditional use decision for Mike Mancino, where information was given about Mancino's ongoing project to have a horse crossing on 590 for horse back rides at Vanderbeek Farm. The approval was granted, on a condition that the staff at Vanderbeek Farm and Stables will have to receive safety training for the trail rides.
Showing a zoning map, Waldron spoke of the Pike County Planning Commission's map that describes measurements of expansion in the township. Explaining that it is not, "a radical change," he said there was an area along Route 6 that has been expanded. The change, he said, is not about development, just giving opportunities.
Waldron reported that progress has been made in an attempt to have a home in the township that was declared a public nuisance at the July meeting cleaned up a bit. The homeowner, he said, has contacted the board, but an inspection still needs to occur.
After a contractor diced up tree trunks for PPL in June and left them along Route 590, a township resident complained to the board at the July meeting. Waldron did a followup and found that, someone had requested the wood, but because of the heat, he has not yet removed them. What will happen next, is still unknown.
There will be a public hearing September 9 at 6 p.m. for the Agricultural Area Security law.
The next Lackawaxen Township meeting will be September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the offices off Urban Road.