Last updated: May 16. 2014 4:42PM - 1665 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader Correspondent

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KINGSTON TWP. — Township residents Frank and Beverly Moranski asked the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday night about the use of Donnelly Drive.

The Moranskis, of Bunker Hill, said the deed to their property grants them ingress and egress rights to the roadway. They also allege that by granting use of the road to other property owners, a safety hazard has been created.

But, township Solicitor Benjamin Jones said, according to prevailing state law, use of the roadway by other property owners was legal.

Questioned in regard to liability to incidents occurring on the roadway, Jones said the Moranskis’ liability was subservient to its present owners.

The Moranskis said that although members of the Donnelly family own the road, the Donnellys had not contributed to its maintenance in more than 20 years.

Jones said the proper forum for resolution of the matter was to initiate a lawsuit, which would settle the matter with finality.

In another matter, the board approved the allocation of $75,000 from the general fund for piping and paving projects.

It also approved a reimbursement of payroll-deducted pension contributions made by the township chief of police in 2013 totaling $1,469.

In other business:

• The board authorized its township manager to apply for grant financing through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Alternative and Clean Energy Program to improve insulation at the administration building.

• The township will sponsor a summer recreation program for school-age children up to age 12 from June 16 through Aug. 8 at Center Street Park Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.

• The board has designated the week of May 18 as “National Public Works Week,” in appreciation of its Public Works Department.

• A special meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 6 p.m. to review the Route 309 Corridor Study.

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