PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 17. 2003

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Jackson Township Planning Commission meeting was called to order by Chairman, Bruce Baker on March 17, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Bruce Baker, Don Knopsnyder, Laird Rager and Tom Marhefka. Dave Cobaugh was absent.

Public Comments
George Burkey read a statement explaining how he and other landowners are opposed to the map change requested by Steve Yurasek. They are concerned that there were no plans for what type of commercial or industrial business is planned for this site. They are also concerned about what Mr. Yurasek might dump on this property since their source of water comes from the stream running behind the property. He also stated that there are wetlands on the property. He also raised several concerns he and other neighbors had. He presented pictures he took showing the demolition materials Mr. Yurasek is already dumping on the property. He suggested the Township Engineer review this request.

Old Business
None

New Business
After some discussion and review of a brochure Don Knopsnyder received in the mail, he made a motion that a letter be written to the supervisors requesting that the Planning Commission members be allowed to attend a PSATS seminar on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at the Best Western University Inn in Indiana, PA. Tom Marhefka seconded the motion. All in favor. Connie Fetzer, recording secretary is to write the letter. The cost will be $20 for each member attending.

The Commission reviewed the request by Stephen A. Yurasek, Jr. to consider the amendment to the Township Zoning Map to modify zoning district boundaries at the old Gulf Terminal. John Trexel stated that this property was never used as a pumping station. It was a metering station. Bruce Baker stated that no site plans are required for zoning boundary district changes. Laird Rager stated he was concerned about the pollution of the stream and suggested that maybe the DEP should be involved before they go ahead with this. Bruce Baker stated that if the Commission has questions they want answers to, they can do that. Laird stated that at this point, he could not recommend it. Ira Biss stated that he had some concerns. He stated that he lived behind the property, and he did not want another junk yard in his backyard so it should be left Agricultural. After some discussion, Don Knopsnyder asked if there were any DEP recommendations and what was the opinion of our Township Engineer concerning stormwater management and environmental regulations. After much discussion Don Knopsnyder made a motion to table this item and hold a special meeting, if necessary, after receiving recommendations from the township engineer. Laird Rager seconded the motion. All in favor.

Don Knopsnyder made a motion to add the Meeting Minutes to the agenda. Tom Marhefka seconded the motion.

Don Knopsnyder made a motion to approve the minutes. Laird Rager seconded the motion. All in favor.

Tom Marhefka made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m. Laird Rager seconded the motion. All in favor.

Respectively Submitted,
Donald Knopsnyder - Secretary

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