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Moore supervisors pass right of way, marijuana ordinances

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

A room full of attendees greeted the Moore Township supervisors at their May meeting. Solicitor David Backenstoe reported two ordinances — right of way and medical marijuana — were ready for passage. Both measures were passed unanimously.

The right of way ordinance was prompted by the increasing installation of mini-cell towers in community rights of way without permission. This ordinance requires an entity to register with Moore Township prior to installing a mini-cell tower or anything of a permanent nature in a township right of way.

“This right of way ordinance is a precursor to the planned cell tower ordinance,” Backenstoe said. “You may recall this is a two-step process in order to regulate cell towers.”

The medical marijuana ordinance, according to Backenstoe “... regulates medical marijuana in Moore Township to the fullest extent of the Act 16 law.” It regulates, within the township, medical marijuana dispensaries, academic clinical research centers, grower/processing of marijuana and marijuana transport vehicles.

The fire department reported 57 fire calls and 69 ambulance calls for April. There were five fires reported. A police report noted there were 336 incidents in April with five arrests — one DUI, two disorderly conducts, one possession of a controlled substance and one receiving stolen property.

Supervisor Chair David Tashner Sr., in his road department report, asked for a special meeting to review which road work will be put out for bid. Tashner also requested a card be sent thanking the road department for outstanding snow removal efforts.

“They always hear the bad things,” Tashner said. “I think they should hear something good.”

He requested Supervisor Richard Gable give the card to the crew. Gable agreed.

The land preservation committee is pursuing the Lilly property for preservation.

Richard Gable announced, “The Sunny Slope farm is now permanently designated as a farm forever.”

The committee continues its aggressive efforts to preserve farmland. In a related matter, Robert Fehnel was appointed to the land preservation committee.

The historical committee reported the window replacement project at the Edelman School is nearing completion. Sixteen window sashes were approved unanimously for purchase at a cost of $2,520.

The Creek Road retention wall concern created a testy exchange between Tashner and Supervisor Daniel Piorkowski. Piorkowski requested written and visual data about the deterioration of the retention wall. Tashner stated his data are observations that he has made over the past years. A back and forth verbal exchange ensued.

“You have no records?” Piorkowski asked.

Tashner retorted, “I know where this is going.”

“What does that mean?” Piorkowski asked.

“Moving forward, I will record observations,” Tashner said.

The next meeting of Moore Township Board of Supervisors will be 7 p.m. June 6 at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.