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.
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, 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 …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Township manager Michael Silvestri presented a draft for a air pollution control ordinance at the Peters Township Council meeting on Monday night—something which would affect, among other things, crematory business in the township.
Air pollution and zoning were the buzzwords at Monday evening’s regular meeting of Peters Township Council, where township manager Michael Silvestri delivered a special report on the drafting of ordinances to control noxious emissions and/or zoned uses within the township. As part of his report, Silvestri presented to council a draft of an air pollution control ordinance, as allowed for under the Penna. Air Pollution Control Act, that he said mimics one in force in West Reading Borough. According to Silvestri, the draft addresses mercury and dioxin toxins emitted from pathological waste, biological waste, medical incinerators and crematories. Township solicitor W.A. Johnson repeatedly noted that, although crematories are mentioned in the …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Dates set for drilling and crematory public hearings; work session to refine drilling ordinance also set.
Peters Township Council has chosen July 18 as the date for a public hearing on a revised Marcellus Shale drilling ordinance. The council set the date at Monday night's regular meeting—also setting June 6 as the date for a work session to refine the ordinance pre-hearing. The session will be solely devoted to work on the ordinance with no public comment portion. “The revised ordinance is significantly different with more restrictions than the original ordinance,” said township Manager Michael Silvestri. He did not discuss specifics about the new ordinance. Silvestri said it will be advertised and made available for public review sometime early next week on the township website. Two members of the public appeared before council Monday night …