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Township agrees to contract with ordinance writer

PENNSDALE — Muncy Township Supervisors agreed to contract an ordinance writer in preparation for the township to establish autonomy from the county’s zoning authority.

The township will contract Douglas Hovey, an experienced ordinance writer, according to Tom Schaech, one of the township’s supervisors.

According to Schaech, Hovey has more than 25 years of experience in writing, drafting and formatting ordinances across Pennsylvania, and is very familiar with ordinances concerning land partitioning and zoning.

“We are heading forward with zoning control and must enter an agreement with a certified consultant under professional services,” Schaech said. “The work will take several months, then we will have several hearings to receive input and adopt them with moving forward with local control.”

In other news, Schaech commended township employees and the township fire department for cleaning out storm drains Tuesday evening ahead of inclement weather.

“It was an hour’s worth of cleanup and that was it,” Schaech said. “Job well done.”

Additionally, an incoming Starbucks planned to be implemented at Crossings Plaza received approval through the zoning permit process. It was followed by Dick’s Sporting Goods, which had applied for a new sign, Charles Zook for a food truck and LMB Properties for a new garage.

Meanwhile, the township approved Greg Holmes’ build permit for a garage; Clifford Good’s for a garage, and storefront signs at the Lycoming Mall.

Finally, Schaech reported the township has applied to receive $1,988 from the county aid fund, which derives from the Act 13 natural gas impact fee, which he said the township receives every year.

The supervisors will next meet Aug. 11.

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