Last updated: December 23. 2013 5:32PM -
ELIZABETH BAUMEISTER lbaumeister@theabingtonjournal.com

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The Ransom Township Planning Commission assembled without the presence of a quorum for the second consecutive month for its regular meeting Dec. 16. Member Bill Auriemma announced the board now contains only six members, as Joseph Griggs submitted a resignation letter, effective immediately.

While the board may hold a meeting without quorum, the law states four out of its seven board members must be in attendance in order to take votes, grant approval or accept plans.

At the November meeting, the Planning Commission received and discussed plans from Jomar 2008 LLC for a purposed subdivision on Newton Ransom Boulevard and Port Royal Road, voting 3-0, granting preliminary approval of the plans. The vote was later determined invalid, however, due to the lack of quorum, and the matter was added to this month’s agenda. With only three members again present, and the review deadline approaching, the project’s engineer Guy Deangelo was advised by the board to submit an extension request, to which he agreed.

Attorney Ernest Preate was also advised to submit an extension request for the Dorothy Richards Estate Re-subdivision, for which the deadline was due to expire that day. He submitted a request extending the deadline, which applies to both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, to Feb. 17, 2014.

Preate said the estate is anxious to get the matter resolved before Spring, as it already has three buyers lined up. He also delivered new plans, which the present board members unofficially reviewed without taking action after the close of the meeting.

The Planning Commission noted no new information was received regarding the Ransom Recreational Shooting Sports LLC plans, which are on a deadline of March 3, 2014.

No public comment was made.

The next regular Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for January 20 at 7 p.m.

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