DALLAS TWP. – The township supervisors Tuesday night unanimously adopted a resolution to appoint a committee to begin drafting a new comprehensive plan for the township's anticipated growth over the next few years.
The comprehensive plan is intended to address aspects pertaining to municipal development. During monthly meetings, a committee will examine issues such as zoning, population trends and property development in an attempt to identify policies that will lead to profitable, sustainable and responsible growth.
The committee will consist of Supervisor Elizabeth Martin, township engineering representative Tom Doughton, consultant Jack Varaly, township planning commission Chairman Jack Dodson, as well as two more of the five planning commission members yet to be determined.
Meetings will be held on the final Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. They will take place at the municipal building and will be open to the public.
In other matters, the board discussed residential complaints pertaining to the Williams-Transco Natural Gas Pipeline. The board recently received two formal written complaints of possible property damage and the withholding of promised documents relating to surveys performed on private property within the township.
In one instance, a township family reported cracks on the walls of their home that they believe may be related to drilling performed by the Williams Co. or a subcontractor employed by the company.
In the complaint, the residents contend they were promised copies of documents resulting from surveys taken by the company before the drilling. Martin confirmed a second formal complaint along similar lines was received and other unofficial complaints have been referred to in casual settings.
Supervisor Bill Grant had personal experience in dealing with Williams, but he reported receiving his requested documents within two days.
Township Solicitor Tom Brennan said these were private complaints that had no actual municipal bearing. Despite this however, he advised the supervisors to draft a letter to Williams essentially supporting the residents' requests for documents.
He said he hopes the added weight of the supervisors' concern might help to expedite the requests.
Brennan also said that if the surveys were conducted by a subcontracted company, Williams would likely be in a much better position to establish a line of communication with that company than individual residents.
Township supervisors will hold a work session Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.