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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ligonier Township zoning matters

Resident Robert Fiok expressed concerns related to activity occurring at Bethlen Communities. Fiok, who lives on Walnut Street, said there are disturbing noises, such as commercial garbage trucks, honking horns, yelling and car alarms coming from the Bethlen Home Senior Center and Heritage Center after its hours of operations of 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fiok raised his noise complaint at last month's zoning hearing board meeting. The board at that time agreed to allow Bethlen Communities to expand use of its kitchen facilities at its Heritage Center, such as providing meal service for residents and guests, which was determined would not be inconsistent with a previous ruling. He also voiced his concerns at the supervisors meeting on Sept. 10.
At the planning commission meeting, Fiok presented a flier from Bethlen Communities that shows uses scheduled after the Senior Center's hours of operations. Fiok believes the uses violate the Bethlen Communities' occupancy permit. He added that bus trips often leave from and return to the parking lot of the property, causing additional noise.
Fiok said he fears that expanded use of the kitchen facilities will increase the noise.
“This is an R2 district, not a commercial district, and these activities should not be permitted,” he said.

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