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February 17. 2013 7:20AM
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DORRANCE TWP. – Royce Engler, chairman of the township board of supervisors, said Monday that a $3,546.12 payment to Meiser & Earl Inc. of State College covered expenses submitted by a hydro geologist who presented information on the Pennsy Supply quarry project.

The geologist, Robert Hershey, offered expert commentary at a public hearing that questioned the findings of Aiken Engineering and its representative Rick Caranfa during testimony presented on proposed project.

The payment was included in the financial statement for September; the report listed $35,882.86 in total expenses. The hearings are scheduled to resume on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building.

Engler wasn't certain if the remittance to Meiser & Earl is a total amount. He said , however, that if Hershey is called again, the township might incur additional expenses.

At the conclusion of the most recent session of the hearing on Sept. 12, attorney George Asimos, counsel for Pennsy, asked for a rebuttal meeting after Hershey disputed many of the findings in reports submitted by other Aiken representatives and Caranfa at prior hearings on Pennsy's conditional use request.

That rebuttal testimony was originally scheduled on Sept. 25 but later postponed to Oct. 18.

Also, Engler would comment only briefly on a pending lawsuit filed by Button Oil Co. of Mountain Top against the township zoning officer, Alan Snelson. The supervisors met in executive session before their regular meeting to discuss pending litigation, although it wasn't stated that it was the Button case.

Engler said the supervisors couldn't comment because they haven't been served with the suit as yet. He said township officials, including Snelson, are covered by insurance. He said legal counsel would probably be provided by the insurance firm.

The supervisors did table a request by Button for a 90-day extension on its development plan, pending the receipt from Button of a highway occupancy permit, as well as zoning hearing variance, a copy of the state Labor & Industry Department permit and additional items which weren't specified.

In other matters:

• The supervisors received five bids (from the Bognet Company of Hazleton, AirCon of Larksville, Troy Mechanical of Moosic, Don Cooper of Nanticoke and Spotts Brothers of Schuylkill Haven) for a furnace installation project at the township building. The bids were referred for review to the township engineer, Pennoni Associates of Wilkes-Barre.

• The supervisors scheduled a bid-awarding on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., which is also the date of their first 2013 budget meeting. Another budget session has been scheduled on Oct. 23.

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