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Resident’s complaints get short shrift at Dorrance meeting

DORRANCE TWP. – Aside from approval of a couple of land-development plans and an office lease, the monthly township supervisors meeting was uneventful until the very end, when resident Kevin Casey took the podium.

Reading off a complaint filed in federal court by a Sugarloaf Township resident, Casey called for Dorrance Township solicitor James Schneider, a defendant in the case, to abstain from dealing in Dorrance business until he is cleared of wrongdoing.

Schneider said he knew nothing of the suit, which alleges he and a list of other defendants unconstitutionally punished Charmaine Klatch-Maynard for attempting to have certain property taxes forgiven, among other things.

The argument didn’t impress the Dorrance supervisors. Chairman Gary Zane repeatedly asked Casey to explain the relevance of the complaint. “Kevin, where does this relate to Dorrance Township? Get to that part,” he said. “Mr. Schneider wasn’t served with anything relating to this. … The stuff in Sugarloaf Township doesn’t relate to anything on this board.”

Casey then changed his complaint to focus on Small Mountain Quarry. The board is “taking bids off these guys. You’re taking free work off them, and we’re in litigation with them,” Casey argued. “You guys shouldn’t be doing this. If it’s not illegal, it’s highly unethical.”

Supervisors disagreed with that opinion. The meeting was adjourned soon thereafter.

In other business:

• Two land subdivisions were approved with certain waivers on each. A property bordered by Georges Road and Blue Ridge Trail owned by the Mascaro family was divided into a 29-acre tract and a 3-acre one. The Eicher farm on Blue Ridge Trail near the Dorrance exit to Interstate 81 was divided into an 18-acre tract, a 21-acre one and a 6-acre one.

• The board unanimously approved renewing a lease for Dushore-based Code Inspections, Inc. to use office space in the municipal building at $200 per month.

• A request for funding from Luzerne County Community Development was approved for $100,000 in 2009 to redo the township’s comprehensive plan and for improvements to Acher Road.

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