A Franklin Township resident expressed anger at the supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday over an alleged zoning violation.
Jeff Richards applied for an exemption for a land use permit that the zoning officer told him he needed for work he had already completed on a barn on his Hilltown Road property.
Richards argued the requirement, saying such a permit was not necessary because all he had done was simply fix a badly leaking roof, and did not expand or make any structural changes to the building. .
Lynda Beckwith, who works for the Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance which serves the township, disagreed, citing regulations she said were violated by Richards.
“I’m not going to let you jerk me off for $80,” Richards said, saying the regulations have “grey areas” that are open to interpretation.
Supervisors rejected Richards’ plea, insisting that he obtain a land use permit and have his repair work inspected.
Beckwith said she would help Richards get a permit.
Franklin supervisors also deliberated on road maintenance and township facility upgrades.
The three supervisors authorized a $51,975 contract with road construction company Russell Standard of Fayetteville for oil to resurface some roads in the township.
A second bid for the project was almost double that price, but the lowest bid requires the township road crew to do some of the oil and chip work.
Roadmaster Curtis Macbeth assured supervisors that the crew could do what was necessary to save the township substantial savings.
Only one bid of $24,900 was received for line painting on township roads, which would be $10,000 over budget.
The supervisors agreed to postpone action on this project and asked Macbeth to speak with the bidder and request estimates for paving fewer roads this year.
Supervisors also agreed to replace the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for half of the township’s office building, at a cost of $21,000.
Christopher Santay, president, said he believes COVID relief funds can cover at least part of the HVAC upgrade.
Supervisors awarded a contract to Aero Energy to supply the township’s diesel fuel, gasoline and propane for the coming year.
They unanimously agreed to tender for additional road projects and the replacement of a bridge on Bottom Road.
A propane tank that serves the township buildings also needs to be replaced. Staff will begin exploring vendors and costs.
Cashtown, Buchanan Valley and Arendtsville fire chiefs, whose departments serve the township, provided written comments on recent activity.
In February, the three companies responded to 60 emergency calls.
The Buchanan Valley Fire Department honored volunteers at a recent annual appreciation banquet, according to BVFD Chief Michael Spielman, who also noted that 12 service members have completed annual CPR recertification.
The next regular meeting of Franklin supervisors is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at the township office.