NOVEMBER 19, 2001
The Jackson Township Planning Commission monthly meeting was called to order by Chairperson, June Stephens, on November 19, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. All members were present.
Robert Stephens asked a question about the public comment period being held at the beginning of the meeting at the September meeting. He asked if the Planning Commission was changing the practice by doing this. Bruce Baker stated that this is the way it has always been done.
Robert Stephens made comments on the proposed Zoning Ordinance and on the proposed gas-fired power plant buffer area.
Steve Yurasek made comments on the proposed gas-fired power plant.
Robert Stephens asked if the Planning Commission has had a quorum meeting since August 20, 2001. He was told that the Planning Commission had a quorum meeting on September 17, 2001. He then asked if there were any quorum meetings since the September meeting. Bruce Baker stated that there was no quorum in the month of October. He asked if the Planning Commission had any input into the zoning changes. He was told that due to pending litigation, the Planning Commission had no comment.
Laird Rager stated that this was a public comment period--not a question and answer period.
Bruce Baker then stated that at the present time the Planning Commission has no comments regarding the zoning due to pending litigation.
Mr. Stephens then asked several more questions concerning Planning Commission input into the Zoning Ordinance. He was told again that the Planning Commission was advised, due to the present legal litigation, not to make any comments concerning the Zoning.
Edward Westrick then asked if the Planning Commission had any input into the Zoning Ordinance changes. He was told by Bruce Baker again that the Planning Commission could not make any comment due to the present litigation.
There were no other public comments.
Connie Fetzer, Recording Secretary, read the previous meeting minutes. Bruce Baker asked if there were any corrections to the minutes. None of the Planning Commission members had any objections to the minutes as read. Rick Fetzer made a motion to accept the minutes as read and the motion was seconded by Bruce Baker.
There was no old business.
A copy of the "Township News" was presented to the Commission for anyone to review if they so desired. June Stephens requested to take the magazine home and to return it so other members could also read it.
A copy of the letter from Patty Berkebile stating the date of the hearing for the litigation against the Planning Commission was read. Each member had received a copy at their home address from Patty Berkebile.
A memo from the Planning Commission to the Supervisors offering their assistance in reviewing changes to the Zoning Ordinance was read.
Bruce Baker read a memo from Connie Fetzer offering to resign as Recording Secretary for the Planning Commission if anyone felt that a conflict of interest existed because she was the Recording Secretary and her husband, Rick Fetzer, served as a member of the commission. Bruce Baker asked if there was anybody who felt that a conflict of interest existed. None of the members felt there was a conflict. Bruce Baker made a motion that Connie be retained in the year 2002 as Recording Secretary. The motion was seconded by Laird Rager. All members, with Rick Fetzer abstaining from voting, were in favor. Motion passed.
A letter from Eugene Kist requesting the minutes of the Planning Commission meetings in a reasonable amount of time was read. The letter did not clearly state what Mr. Kist was requesting so Connie Fetzer was asked to send Mr. Kist a certified letter requesting clarification.
George Burkey presented a map from Bethlehem Steel requesting changes on how their property be zoned. He explained how Bethlehem would like this area zoned.
Mr. Burkey also reviewed the latest changes to the Zoning Ordinance. These changes addressed the minimum square footage for homes in R1 District. The latest changes also addressed fence restrictions around swimming pools. He explained that these latest changes, among others, were made in response to concerns voiced at the public meetings which were held. A discussion concerning these changes then followed.
Bruce Baker presented the Annual Report. The Planning Commissionís annual report had not been completed since 1996 so Bruce prepared this report for the period covering March 1997 to August 2001. A discussion was held concerning this report. The recording secretary was instructed to make copies of the report for each member and to forward the original report to the supervisors. It was agreed that the copies will be brought to the next meeting and if anyone wanted their copy sooner they could stop by the office to pick it up.
A discussion was held concerning setting a date for the reorganization meeting for 2002. Bruce Baker made a motion to set the reorganization meeting date for January 21, 2002 with the regular meeting to follow. The motion was seconded by Tom Marhefka. All were in favor. Motion Passed. The Recording Secretary is to advertise this meeting date.
A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m. was made by Tom Marhefka and seconded by Bruce Baker. All were in favor.