Jackson Township supers appoint two to Planning Commission, seek a third

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com | April 4th, 2016 11:06 pm

By Eileen Godin


JACKSON TWP. — The township supervisors approved the appointment of two new Planning Commission members Monday and are seeking to fill a third seat.

The supervisors accepted the resignation of the Planning Commission member Kirk Borchert, effective March 14, during the regular monthly meeting. This opened a third position on the seven-member commission.

“This is the third Planning Commission member we have to replace in the last several months,” said John J. Wilkes Jr., supervisor chairperson.

The supervisors approved resident David Moore to fill a three-year term. Wilkes was appointed to finish the remaining eight months on another term on the commission.

The municipality is accepting letters of interest from residents to fill the third slot supervisor Vice Chairman Al Fox said.

“Letters can be dropped off with the township secretary during normal business hours,” Wilkes said.

Candidates must have lived in the township 12 months prior to submitting a letter to be on the Planning Commission, Wilkes said.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the municipal building.

In other news, township Solicitor Jeffery Malak announced Tuesday, April 5, is the closing date for a real estate purchase of 13.5 acres neighboring the municipality’s composting area and the Jackson Township Recreational Park.

The total cash due for the closing is $42,072.20, Malak said.

The wooded property owned by James and Karin Sebolka will be used to expand the township’s recycling program and the park, Fox said. The township is applying for a grant to help with the costs associated with repurposing the property.

Also, the supervisors are reviewing a proposal from the Dallas Area Municipal Authority involving a possible acquisition of the township’s sewer assets, Malak said.

“It is in negotiation,” Malak said.

The next supervisors meeting will be held at 9 a.m. May 2 in the municipal building.

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