Dorrance Twp. supervisors hear concerns about state of county-owned road

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader
The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. -

DORRANCE TWP. — Township residents were told this week they are probably going to have to put up with potholes a while longer on county-owned roads.

When a resident complained to supervisors about the condition of St. John’s Road, she was told by Supervisor Kevin Gallagher that he has been in contact with the county road and bridge department almost daily.

The response Gallagher said he has been getting: “Personnel is short and there is no money” for repairs.

The woman told Gallagher the fire department is located on St. John’s Road and emergency vehicles frequently use the road when responding to calls. The other part of the issue is that drivers are forced to swerve left and right to avoid the holes, which she said creates another hazard.

Gallagher said he is aware of the road conditions but he’s at the mercy of the county.

The meeting also produced an update on the proposed Preserve at Blue Ridge Trail, a housing project being developed by TFP Limited. It was stated by planning commission chairman Kirk Buchanan that a lengthy meeting last month resulted in the commission voting to have TFP make further revisions to its subdivision plan.

The proposed project has been under debate for more than a year and entails the construction of more than 90 units on land adjacent to the TFP-owned Blue Ridge Trail golf course.

In other business this week, supervisors:

• Hired Drake Bogert and Christopher Hannon as part-time attendants at the recycling center.

• Adopted a resolution that makes changes in the emergency response plan for potential incidents at the nearby nuclear power plant in Salem Township near Berwick.

• Approved a report by codes enforcement and zoning officer Alan Snelson which included a permit being issued for Ray Meyers to conduct a logging operation along St. Mary’s Road.

The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. Dorrance Township Municipal Building.

By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader