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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Sign ordinance in hands of planning commission

  • The supervisors of Texas Township have announced that the sign ordinance, which has been in the works for several months, is in the hands of the Wayne County Planning Commission.
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  • -The supervisors of Texas Township have announced that the sign ordinance, which has been in the works for several months, is in the hands of the Wayne County Planning Commission.
    During Monday night's meeting, the supervisors stated that the county is "still reviewing" the ordinance and that once that review is complete, the "adoption process can start."
    Discussions about the sign ordinance took place for a long time and the supervisors decided to reject the planning commission's proposal, saying that it needed further discussion.
    On Oct. 15, 2012 the planning commission resigned after the supervisors made, and accepted, the motion to reject the sign ordinance that the planning commission proposed. The former planning commission left on their own terms; nobody forced them to resign.
    Members who resigned included John Bartron, John Torrick, Robert Roe, and Bill Hansen.
    On Nov. 19, 2012, John Bartron read a letter stating the planning commission wanted to withdraw their resignation
    Lee Krause, solicitor, stated at that meeting that, "they can't automatically resume their positions after the resignation was accepted, but you [supervisors] have the option to reappoint them if you want."
    Krause said he would find out if the resignation needed to be formally accepted or not, in order to accept the withdrawal.
    "We need to discuss this," said supervisor Rich Southerton.
    The supervisors voted to wait until the first of the year to make a decision.
    During the meeting on Feb. 12 the supervisors made the decision to dissolve the planning commission. The sign ordinance continued to be a work in progress until June.
    Other business
    • Resident Ken Cohen voiced concerns about a neighbor's dog howling and wanted to find out if an ordinance could be made in dealing with that.
    "It wouldn't just be for me, but for others who may be bothered by it and are afraid to say anything," he said.
    The supervisors said they would talk about it and see what can be done.
    In an interview following the meeting Cohen said that it could be "considered a disturbance."
    Cohen stated that his neighbor's dog is usually "about 50 feet" from his window and that he heard the dog howling Saturday night.
    "They claim they don't know what's going on," he said. "I think they thought they could get away with it because they didn't see my car in its usual spot that night."
    He said that hearing dogs bark throughout the day isn't a big deal, but hearing them howl "turns into a complaint."
    "I have nothing against dogs," Cohen stated. "It's not the dog's fault."
    Page 2 of 2 - However, his concern comes from the fact his wife has epilepsy. He said she yelled about the dog being loud and "started having a seizure."
    "Howling is a pulsating sound and any sudden sound can trigger a seizure," Cohen said. "I'm not saying it's all from that or that my wife is the only one. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a problem with it."
    Cohen said the neighbors keep the dog in the borderline of their properties.
    "Last year I asked if they could put the dog on the other side and they said no problem," he said.
    He stated that the dog "did stop" for awhile and that he "gives credit" to the family for that, but he feels they "need a refresher."
    He said he thinks the best step and number one thing, is communication with neighbors.
    "If people can communicate then it helps avoid other steps after," Cohen said.
    • Zoning officer Sandi Scull said for the second quarter, which went from April 1 to June 30, there were 15 permits issued and there was $3,175.40 in revenue.
    • The flood control project in White Mills is ready for inspection.
    • Safety on Lakeside Drive was brought up and it was suggested that a curve sign be put up to notify drivers, which would hopefully cause them to slow down.

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