Gregg Township Centre County, Pennsylvania

PC Meeting Minutes - Nov. 2011




November 7, 2011

Call to Order: The Gregg Township Planning Commission meeting held on November 7, 2011 in Room #106 of the Old Gregg School in Spring Mills, PA was called to order at 7:09 p.m. by Chairman Chris Kunes.

Attendance: Bill Seay, Mike Arthur, Chris Kunes, Doug Bierly, Don Myers, Julie Mason (delayed arrival)

Staff: Jennifer Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer

Citizen's Comments for Items Not on Agenda

No Comments at this time.

Chairman's Report

Minutes from Board of Supervisors Meetings October 13 & 19, 2011: Mr. Bierly informed the group that the BOS passed the Affordable Housing Manual by Resolution #R-11-07.

The Gregg Township Website has been updated. All of 2011 minutes and agendas for both the BOS and the Planning Commission can be found on the website as well as other information pertinent to the township.


1. Agricultural District Lot Subdivision Regulation: Section 304. D. 2. b. 5. : The Planning Commission looked over the changes made by the BOS to the proposed ordinance. Mr. Myers made a motion to approve the proposed Ordinance and send it to the Board of Supervisors to set a Hearing Date for Ordinance #O-11-03. Second by Mr. Arthur. Motion Carried 5 – 0. The Planning Commission would like the Board of Supervisors to act on this in December if possible.

2. Family Life of Penns Valley – The Family Life of Penns Valley is requesting a zoning permit to put a Picnic Pavilion on their property, which is on the corner of Ridge Road and SR192. They plan to put a church on the same property but in the meantime, they would like to start with a picnic pavilion and a parking lot. Right now, they have a walking trail around the premise of the property and some benches.

In order to make the picnic pavilion a permitted accessory use for the church, Family Life will need to submit a drawing to the PVCEA showing the church on the property. Once this has been submitted, the zoning permit can be issued for the picnic pavilion as a permitted accessory use to the church.

Liaison Reports

Zoning Officer: Mr. Hankinson provided the PC with an update on Spring Bank Vinyl. They are operating on a temporary occupancy permit. The diesel engine is louder than necessary but this issue is being addressed.

(Ms. Mason arrived at 7:29 p.m.)

There are 2 retail businesses on one property; one operating in the larger building and one operating from the smaller building. Mr. Hankinson indicated that the sign ordinance for a business permits 4 signs. He issued each business a sign permit so he hopes that it will not get too busy with signs and look congested.

Current Planning

Rails to Trails Report: Mr. Kunes read a report given to the Planning Commission by Jane Scheuchenzuber, who was unable to attend. In the report, Ms. Scheuchenzuber indicated that we will know by the end of December if our project for the feasibility study will be funded. Out of 63 projects, 44 are being funded.

She also included this report:

"David Brickley, President of the September 11th National Memorial Trail, was a speaker at the greenway conference this week. There is a planned trail, the 'September 11 National Memorial Trail', that will connect the Twin Towers Memorial, the Pentagon, and Shanksville. There was some question about the segment from Shanksville to New York. I spoke with this man and suggested he take a look at Centre County (speaking with Mike Bloom at Centre County Planning), specifically our proposed feasibility study area, The Penns Valley Trail. I pointed out that Blair/Huntingdon has a 22 mile section completed and Union County has completed trail to the Centre County line. Lewisburg/Mifflinburg also has completed trail. This is a serious possibility and would provide revenue for development. This is also a patriotic contribution for our community.

I also spoke with Karl King from the Lower Trail and Shawn Mclaughlin from Union County and both are very interested in seeing this section developed."

Mr. Dale Musser (resident) and Mr. Bob Myers (resident) addressed the Planning Commission and indicated their concern with the trail. Both families own property along the trail and are NOT in favor of its development. They are concerned with the liability of the trail. Mr. Musser suggested that the Railroad never owned the Right away along his property. A discussion took place. Mr. Bierly indicated that a rail trail can be a source of economic development. An example of such a trail is the Pine Creek Trail which runs from Jersey Shore up to Wellsboro. Mr. Musser was instructed to address the Board of Supervisors to help solve his issues with the money lost when he received a letter May 20, 2010 from the Township Solicitor stating he was not allowed to remove any more stone nor do any more work to the railroad bed. Mr. Musser feels that somebody is liable for his monetary loss. He had paid someone to clean up the rail bed but lost his deposit when he received the letter from the township and had to halt the process. Again, Mr. Musser was instructed to take the issue up at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Projects for 2011

• Develop a plan for fire protection using underground tanks and ponds: Chairman Kunes would like the Fire Company to bring a report to the Planning Commission by their February meeting. Mr. Musser (resident) reported that this had been discussed at the last fire company meeting. The Fire Company decided that if no progress has occurred on this plan by the first of the year, a committee will be formed to oversee the plan and get this taken care of. Chairman Kunes would like a letter to be sent to the Fire Company stating they would like a report given to the Planning Commission by their February meeting.

• Develop subdivision procedures for Gregg Township: The Planning Commission is working to form a checklist of items that someone would check off to guide them through the land development/subdividing process. Ms. Mason has started this list. Ms. Snyder will check to see if there is a checklist from the PSATS discussion group.

Approval of Minutes

October 3, 2011 – Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: Mr. Arthur made a motion to accept as presented the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes dated Monday, October 3, 2011. Second by Mr. Seay. Motion carried 6 – 0.

Comment from Citizens: Mr. Bob Myers (Resident) asked what it would take to increase the number of supervisors from 3 to 5? A discussion took place. Mr. Grove (resident) also questioned with the upcoming election if it is legal and/or ethical to have a husband and wife serve on the Board of Supervisors? Mr. Bierly indicated that it not illegal and that the PSATS supports having husband and wife serve but this is mainly to help very small townships fill their BOS seats. A discussion took place.

Adjournment: Mr. Seay made a motion to adjourn at 8:04 p.m. Second by Mr. Arthur. Motion carried 6 – 0.

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