New Castle News

Closer Look

March 13, 2013

Neshannock to set zoning map hearing date

NEW CASTLE — A hearing soliciting public comment on proposed zoning changes is required before Neshannock Township supervisors move ahead with updates.

The supervisors, eager to make zoning map changes, yesterday agreed to schedule a hearing, but they cannot set a date until they determine when township zoning consultant Roberta J. Serraf of Canonsburg is available to attend.

Chairman Ralph Sheen had anticipated holding the hearing, then voting on the changes at the next supervisors meeting April 2.

He was told that would not allow enough time to schedule the proceeding.

Township solicitor Lou Perrotta said the public hearing advertisement will list the 13 properties under consideration for zoning changes. The public must have the opportunity to comment, he said, and Serraf, zoning officer James Farris and AR Engineering, who prepared the proposed map, all should be there to answer questions.

Text changes to the zoning ordinance may not be ready in time for the public hearing to approve the map, and may be considered later, Perrotta said.

The supervisors also accepted the resignation of officer Alfred DeCarbo as township emergency management coordinator and appointed Caleb Duda to the post.

Duda is an experienced paramedic, has worked as a 911 dispatcher and is a township fireman.

DeCarbo, who has held the post since 2010, will become the township police department’s new canine handler when the township obtains its dog.

The supervisors transferred $6,000 from the township general fund to Bullocks Police K-9 of Greenville, N.C., toward the purchase of the trained police dog. Sheen said he anticipates that the dog will join the force next week.

The supervisors also were approached by police Lt. John Rand who requested the purchase of a new police cruiser. He said quotes had been received from two dealers, but he is checking prices with area car dealerships before making a recommendation to the supervisors.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • Local pastor helping fire victims

    A local pastor is opening up donation avenues to help two families who lost their homes to fire this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • First Energy to replace transmission line

    FirstEnergy Corp. has plans to rebuild a power transmission line between the West Pittsburg plant and a Mahoningtown substation.

    April 18, 2014

  • school.jpg Union to return assistant principal post

    The Union Area School District will have a new administrator when the 2014-15 school year starts. The board voted 8-0 Wednesday night to hire an assistant principal. Debra Allebach was absent.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Calen.tiff Callen gets state honors

    Robert Callen has been selected to receive a state award for his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania. Callen, 58, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bobosky.jpg Gas holdouts unconvinced of safety

    When Suzanne Matteo and her husband, Martin, bought their house on four acres in Pulaski Township they had a plan. They would grow a huge vegetable garden, raise lots of flowers and a few chickens and enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller.jpg Wilmington superintendent discusses common core

    The Wilmington district has no reason to fear new Pennsylvania Core standards, superintendent Dr. Michelle Miller said. She talked about the standards to approximately two dozen residents at the school board’s monthly pre-meeting Monday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shreck.tiff Schreck reappointed Shenango superintendent

    Dr. Michael Schreck has been reappointed as Shenango’s superintendent for a five-year term. The school board approved his reappointment by an 8-0 vote Monday. Nicholas Manolis was absent.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Congressional candidate disqualified

    Commonwealth Court has removed a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat from the May 20 primary ballot. Judge Bernard L. McGinley has invalidated the nomination petitions of Mel A. Marin of Sharon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango passes tax abatement

    Shenango Township supervisors unanimously approved a tax abatement for Blackwatch Properties LLC when they met Thursday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage