Monday, January 21, 2013
The decision was unanimous.
Peters Township Council unanimously passed Monday night a crematory ordinance with regulations more stringent than the state's. Township Manager Michael Silvestri said there are no regulations in the township's old ordinance and that the new one will "give us more protection." He said it is illegal for the township to ban crematories and that the ordinance could not include a setback from the Montour Trail because there would then be no place in the industrial district zone for a crematory to be built. The ordinance passed includes so many revisions township staff felt they needed to hold Monday night's second public hearing. Some of the revisions include: Click here and scroll to the bottom of the Peters Township website homepage to find …
The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Peters Council is expected to make a decision Monday night on whether to approve a new crematory ordinance for the township. A large crowd attended the first public hearing in October. The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the municipal building. Those wishing to testify at the hearing are encouraged to register in advance by contacting T. Gromek at 724-941-4180 or email MASilvestri@peterstownship.com. Some of the revisions in the ordinance include: Click here and scroll to the bottom of the Peters Township website homepage to find the link to the entire proposed ordinance. What are your thoughts on the revised crematory ordinance? Tell us in the comments below.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The planning commissioners took a vote on Thursday night.
The Peters Township Planning Commission voted to recommend the adoption of the revised crematory ordinance. Peters Council is now expected to vote on the measure at a public hearing on Monday, Jan. 21. Some of the revisions in the ordinance include: "Let me be clear, there are no facilities proposed in the township as we speak," Planning Director Ed Zuk said. The planning commission chairman read a letter at Thursday night's meeting from a former opponent of crematories in the township. The letter was in agreement with the revisions. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the Peters Township website homepage to find the link to the entire proposed ordinance. What are your thoughts on the revised crematory ordinance? Tell us in the comments…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
An overflowing crowd attended the last hearing.
Peters Township Council will hold a public hearing on the zoning ordinance amendment to regulate crematories as a conditional use in the light industrial zoning district at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. The Almanac reports that the council reached a consensus that the hearing will end no later than 9 p.m. and that residents wishing to speak must register prior to the meeting. You can register by calling Thomas Gromek at 724-941-4180 or emailing MASilvestri@peterstownship.com. Comments may also be submitted in person, in writing or through a representative. A capacity crowd attended the last public hearing on the matter. Click here for a link to the pdf copy of the revised ordinance amendment. What is your take on the zoning ordinance amendment on …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Township officials are reviewing public comments.
At their next meeting on Oct. 22, the Peters Township Council will not be reviewing the zoning ordinance amendment to regulate crematories as a conditional use in the light industrial zoning district. Currently, township officials are reviewing comments received with the intent to provide revisions to the proposed ordinance. They will then need to assess whether or not the revisions will require advertising and an additional public hearing. An official public notice will be made once the date for review by council has been set. A capacity crowd, mainly against the ordinance, attended the public hearing earlier this month.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Residents state reasons they're against a proposed zoning ordinance.
An overflow crowd jammed into the Peters Township Council Chambers Monday night for a public hearing on the controversial zoning ordinance covering crematories in the township. The ordinance amends "part seven" of conditional uses by adding crematories and provides specific conditions. The ordinance allows for crematories to be included as an allowable conditional use in the L1, or Light Industrial District, and sets regulations for their use. The ordinance has been recommended for approval by council by the township planning commission. Out of the capacity crowd, 12 residents who had registered in advance to testify, presented their arguments, with the majority of them taking issue with guidelines outlined in the proposed ordinance. "…
Monday, September 24, 2012
The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Peters Council will hold a public hearing Oct. 1 to consider an ordinance that would make crematories a conditional use in the light industrial zones of the township. The ordinance would also set forth certain conditions before approval. One of the conditions in the proposed ordinance is that crematories cannot be situated on a piece of property that is less than one acre. Another condition in the proposed ordinance is that a crematory cannot be constructed closer than 750 feet from an existing residential property unless the owner and tenant grant permission in writing to be built closer. “But in no case shall such a facility be closer than 500 feet from an existing residential structure,” the proposed ordinance reads. The proposed …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Peters Township Council agrees to help allay residents' concerns about an increasingly busy thoroughfare.
In just three years, average daily traffic on Peters Township's Hill Place Road has increased by 256 percent. Data compiled by township police shows 856 vehicles per day on the street 2010, more than 2½ times the figure for 2007. And speeds routinely were measured in excess of 40 mph during that period, although the posted limit is 25. Responding to Hill Place residents' concerns about safety, Peters Council voted Tuesday to implement traffic-calming measures as recommended by transportation consultant Trans Associates. The township plans to add center-line rumble strips, white edge lines and new speed limit signs, probably by late summer or early fall. Also, a speed warning device will be placed on the side of the road periodically. If …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko opened in Peters Township Tuesday.
Cremation & Funeral Care by Danielle Andy Belusko opened its doors in Peters Township on Tuesday. Located on Route 19 (across from the Outpatient Care Center), the full-service funeral home is female-owned and female-run. A truly one-of-a-kind place, owner Danielle Andy Belusko and funeral director Erin Leigh Hess said their focus is a hospitality service—not a sales business. "My favorite word is passionate," Belusko said. "Neither Erin or I come from a long line of funeral directors. I chose this because I love it and I'm good at it." Belusko said they believe women are naturally nurturing, and they take an almost maternal approach to funeral and cremation services. "As a result, the families we serve always receive the most …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The court ruled in favor of Danielle Belusko and Audia Group.
On Wednesday, a decision was made by Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge Katherine B. Emery to deny the request by Peters Township residents to appeal zoning variances granted to Audia Group and Danielle Belusko by the Peters Township Board of Commissioners. Last September, the brief was filed on behalf of Peters resident Ned Gensler, who was the named party to the appeal because he spoke at the zoning hearing that was held before the PT Board regarding the variance. This decision comes nearly four months after the arguments were presented. A first variance was granted to reduce the number of spaces in the parking lot from 117 to 44, based upon usage. A second de minimus variation was granted consequent of the first, to allow …