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Firm lacks permits, zoning officer says

At issue is a planned storage area for propane near an I-81 interchange.

DORRANCE TWP.— In his report to the township supervisors on Monday night, Alan Snelson, zoning officer, said he has sent an enforcement notice to Button Oil Co. of Mountain Top, in regard to the company failing to obtain appropriate permits for construction work under way at a proposed propane storage facility near the Dorrance interchange of I-81.

Snelson said Button is building foundations for two storage tanks without having made application to him for required zoning and construction permits. This has been an ongoing issue that Snelson said had been scheduled for a hearing before District Judge Ronald Swank in early September but was continued and has yet to be re-scheduled.

Snelson said he wants Button to cease until all the permits have been secured and the project given formal township approval. Button’s stated intention is to create a storage site in order to supply delivery trucks for an expanding propane business.

In another matter, the board of supervisors was presented with a multi-page preliminary injunction that Kevin Casey, Small Mountain Road, has filed in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas against the supervisors, Pennsy Supply Inc. and Solicitor James Schneider.

William Higgs of Mountain Top, counsel for Casey, said a civil action has been submitted to the court over what he described as the supervisors conducting non-public meetings on the proposed expansion of Pennsy’s quarry operation.

Casey’s property is located near the quarry; and he opposes the expansion.

Higgs said he and his client have video evidence of a non-public meeting between Pennsy officials and the supervisors.

The attorney said that Casey believes the supervisors are trying to circumvent public challenges in order to secure approval by the state Department of Environmental for the project over Casey’s objections.

Casey declined to comment about the injunction, deferring instead to Higgs.

In regular business, the supervisors approved subdivision permits for Harold and Marie Levine and announced that meetings on the 2012 budget have been scheduled on Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.

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