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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

report on township meeting

Supervisor Wade Thomas and planning commission chairman Mark Spitzer have oil and gas leases for property in the township, according to the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds website.
Spitzer declined to comment on the matter at the planning commission meeting. On Tuesday, Thomas referred comment to Korns, who said he does not view it as a conflict of interest for Thomas or Spitzer to vote or make recommendations on the ordinance. As a precaution, he is going to ask the State Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion.
Supervisor Tim Komar said the township needs to look at both sides of drilling. He said he does not want a gas well near his property because he has a shallow water well, but under state law, they have to provide a place for such resource recovery.
Supervisor Bruce Robinson said the township is working with the Loyalhanna Watershed Association to define all of the major tributaries in the township for the new zoning ordinance and map, adding that they are pleased with the proposed 650-foot setback from well sites to waterways.
Supervisor Scott Matson said he had wondered in the past why in the previous ordinance so many farms were in conservation districts instead of agricultural districts.
A joint supervisors and planning commission meeting for more discussion on the ordinance and map is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Ligonier Valley High School auditorium. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 26 in the Ligonier Valley High School auditorium.

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