Old Lycoming supers plan to hike hearing fees

A proposed resolution being considered by Old Lycoming Township supervisors would increase fees paid by residents who request zoning hearing board meetings.

The change, which would be voted on next month at the supervisors’ meeting, increases conditional use hearing and zoning hearing board meeting fees to $350 from $175.

“The cost of zoning hearings have increased. We have to keep up with the times,” Supervisor Janet Hall said at Tuesday evening’s township meeting.

Supervisor Linda Muzzullo said the township barely covered its costs between expenses for legal advertisements and paying for a stenographer. In essence, she said, taxpayers were subsidizing other peoples’ meetings before the zoning hearing board.

Supervisor John Eck said that the township’s fees are not out of line with other municipalities.

A sewer line extension that would reach about 24 homes in the Cottage Avenue area also was approved by supervisors.

Mazzullo said that public sewer hookups are needed in the area because of failing on-lot septic systems.

Several homes in the area are slated for flood buyouts, but Mazzullo said the sewer extension is mandated by the state Department of Environmental Protection for those that choose to remain there.

“This work can be done and it won’t be wasted,” said Bob Whitford, township manager.

Supervisors also approved a contract for road paving to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for $41,983. The company will mill and pave a section of Dewey Avenue from Short Street to Frederick Avenue.

Eck said that work should be done within the next several months.

Hall said the township’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place at 11 a.m. on March 23 at the township park, weather permitting. The event will be held inside the township building in case of inclement weather.