Officials agree to invest in township ordinances

The supervisors plan to adopt a sidewalk ordinance later this month.
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- Township supervisors have agreed to invest $14,000 to update all of the township ordinances.
At their meeting Wednesday, the supervisors hired General Code of Chambersburg, Pa., to do the job.
The company, recommended by the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, will codify all ordinances, making sure they are in compliance with all current laws.
Township Secretary Leslie Bucci said this is a good investment for the township. She said the township went to court regarding an ordinance violation and lost the case because an ordinance was missing an item or not up to date.
She said a group of attorneys from General Code is going to critique all ordinances and give recommendations to the supervisors on what needs to be adjusted.
The township also will be given software that will continue to update the ordinances.
Other matters
In other business, the supervisors agreed to adopt a sidewalk ordinance at their Nov. 16 meeting.
Supervisor John DiCola Jr. said sidewalks are not mandatory in the township, but after a local developer requested sidewalks in his plan it was necessary to formulate an ordinance.
He said the ordinance would relieve the township of any responsibility regarding the sidewalk and place it in the hands of the developer and homeowner.
The supervisors approved a snow-removal agreement with Castle Land Company of Wexford, Pa. The township will remove snow on nonordained streets in Phase Three of the Neshannock Trails development at a fee of $5,300.
Bucci said the township is not responsible for any nonordained streets. She said with the high cost of fuel and salt it is necessary to charge a snow-removal fee because municipalities do not receive liquid-fuel money for nonordained streets in the townships.

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