TEXAS TWP. - The township is looking to reestablish its planning commission.

Don Doney, chairman of the board of supervisors, said the township has received word from five people interested in serving on the commission.

The township has been without a five-member commission since October 2012, when every member resigned after a disagreement over an ordinance.

The five applicants include none of the members who resigned in 2012, Doney said Monday night.

"We want some fresh ideas," said the chairman, who would like to see the new commission be established in a month or so.

A planning commission plays a role in giving advice and providing recommendations to a governing body regarding issues such as land use and community development.

Municipalities are not required to have planning commissions.

But Doney said people have expressed interest in having the commission reestablished.

Since the resignation of Texas' commission the Wayne County planners have overseen the township's planning issues.

In other business from the supervisors' meeting, the board will consider granting a conditional use permit to a township resident looking to establish a private kennel for eight German short-haired pointers.

Paul Brooks is looking to create five, 5-by-6 chain-link kennels on a 110-acre property off Bear Swamp Road.

Brooks and his wife Deb said it would not be a commercial property.

"It's strictly for our dogs," Brooks said, noting that they will not be boarding dogs.

The Brooks' puppies have been champions of show and champions in hunting, says their website.

A conditional use hearing is required for any township property that houses over three dogs.

The supervisors have 45 days to issue a ruling, but said they will likely make a decision by the next meeting.

Brooks said he and his wife cannot move into the house until he receives approval.

"This is causing a real hardship," Brooks told supervisors.

Solicitor Lee Krause said the supervisors could not make a ruling Monday but could do so at the next meeting or at a special meeting.


• Supervisor Paul Sprague was named the township's emergency management coordinator.

• The supervisors will send a thank you note to The Home Depot, which gave the township $345 for a dumpster used during a recent cleanup day.

The supervisors said having the dumpster was a big help and they were appreciative for the home improvement chain's donation.