Pocopson officials tackle ordinance revisions

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By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times

POCOPSON — Township officials addressed several housekeeping issues during Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

During the public hearing portion of the evening, Supervisors’ Chair, Steve Conary opened the floor for public comment relating to changes and additions proposed to five township ordinances.

The first amended the tax chapter of the township code. Conary said the ordinance will now include an article stating that each newly elected tax collector deputizes the tax collection agency. He said the need for the amendment came when the township tax collection agency, CENTAX went out of business earlier this year.

The second ordinance repealed any existing chapters regarding establishment of the township planning commission. Conary explained that officials were unable to find the original copy of the ordinance establishing the commission — although documentation from the 1960s and 1970’s referenced the group. The ordinance would also add a new chapter establishing a planning commission of up to 9 members. There are currently seven members on the commission.

Third was a revision to the sign ordinance, removing a conditional use hearing requirement under certain circumstances.  Conary said township officials would continue to be responsible for approving signage, but the revision removes the legal expense of holding a conditional use hearing – giving fairness to the small business sector.

The fourth ordinance focused on adding a new chapter called grading, erosion and sediment control in order to regulate modification of terrain and modification of natural drainage on privately owned property. Conary explained that a permit would be required when grading over a certain amount of square footage. He said the new chapter incorporates requirements already included in the township subdivision ordinance.

The fifth and final ordinance of the group amended the township’s septage ordinance requiring on-lot septic systems to be pumped every three years. Conary said this change “brings the township ordinance in line with state regulations.”

There was no objection from the audience and all five were passed unanimously. Conary said a new Peddling/Soliciting ordinance along with amendments to the Fences/Walls ordinance would be discussed at the Monday, December 3rd Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

Supervisors also announced the posting of the proposed 2013 township budget on the website, www.pocopson.org. The new budget does not call for a change in the total tax rate, but now breaks out fire protection and ambulance and rescue as separate line items.

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Sean
2 years 8 months ago

It does not make sense at to add a Peddling/Soliciting ordinance at this time. The main reason is that it will do nothing to resolve or even curtail the problem. And that is if the problem even exists in the first place. Pocopson Twp. does not have its own police department and the State Police WILL NOT enforce any township ordinances. Their duty is to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The only other way the township could even attempt to enforce this proposed ordinance would be to utilize the services of the township code enforcement officer. However, the first time he makes contact with an alleged violator, there is nothing that he may do to compel them to provide him with their personal information. Furthermore, we may actually be putting him in harms way. While he may have enforcement powers in this situation, that does not mean that he possesses police powers or the power to arrest. Therefore, I find myself posing this one simple question. Why pass an ordinance that basically cannot and will not be enforced? We live in a beautiful rural township that we are all proud to call home. If you want a big government community, then unfortunately this may not be the place for you. When someone who is actually suspicious comes to your house or neighborhood, do the right thing and just call the police.