Township supervisors form stormwater appeals board

Old Lycoming Township supervisors approved several amendments to existing ordinances Tuesday night, including the creation of a stormwater appeals board.

That appeals board, however, will be filled with residents from Loyalsock Township – at least until supervisors decide to use people from within its municipality.

Supervisors voted 2 to 1 to form the board, which officially will be called the Loyalsock Township Board of Review.

Janet Hall voted against the idea in part because she said township residents won’t understand or appreciate having people from outside Old Lycoming Township decide issues.

Supervisor John W. Eck said the appeals board will hear stormwater management plan appeals and “hardship cases” as necessary. Supervisors set a fee of $500 for residents to apply for an appeals hearing.

Forrest Lehman, Old Lycoming Township zoning officer, said that Loyalsock Township supervisors may need to pass a resolution that solidifies the arrangement between the two municipalities. He, along with Eck and Supervisor Linda Mazzullo, agreed that it may not be a bad idea for impartial people outside the township to review appeals.

Supervisors also passed an amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance that requires gas and oil operations and water withdrawal facilities to be placed at least 750 feet away from existing buildings and 250 feet away from lot lines. Distances can be changed, however, if an adjoining property owners gives permission to place such activities closer.

Hall voted against the amendment.

Supervisors also accepted about $5,500 in liquid fuels tax funds distributed by Lycoming County. The money will be used with other remaining liquid fuels tax money to help pay for a paving project on Dewey Avenue, according to Robert Whitford, township administrator.