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Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
August 05, 2020

            Despite Isaias, Bally Borough Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday night.  Borough Council Manager Wendy Mutter reported that, after the borough was pounded by 6.5 inches of rain and wind, some borough streets were flooded and residents reported electrical outages.

            Route 100 from the Bally Pub to Quigley's Chevrolet was underwater for a time.  Fortunately, there was no damage to borough streets.  The manager noted there was no electric at the borough reservoir or the borough well. After a conversation with MetEd, Bally's electric provider, Mutter relayed that service will be restored to the well and reservoir sometime before Friday.

            She noted the borough well is a "public water supply".  The borough sewer plant capacity was over its limit by 4.32%.  However, there was no spill.  Bally has the capacity to store overflow and process it later.

            After all the work the borough and its recreation council, Bally Area Recreation Development (BARDS), have done to get the borough pool ready for the summer season, Mother Nature handed them a setback with Isaias. Mutter reported the borough pool was flooded. 

            The big pool's and baby pool's pumps may have suffered damage.  At this time it is not certain if ...



Written by Mary Gibbs Kershner, Correspondent
August 05, 2020

            The Washington Township Zoning Board announced on Thursday night that it will render its written decision in the Diamond Disposal trash hauling appeal on September 30. 

            Normally, a zoning board is mandated by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code (MPC) to render a decision within 45 days if it has not made an oral decision at the zoning hearing.  However, Zoning Board Solicitor Eugene Orlando requested an extension for the zoning board decision due to the amount of testimony involved at the zoning hearings. 

            The continued, remanded zoning hearing concerning Diamond Disposal's request for a variance took over 3-and-1/2 hours. 

            The property, located at 2132 A Old Route 100 is owned by John McGovern who leases it to his company, Diamond Disposal, to park his trash trucks.

            Approximately two years ago Washington Township's Zoning Code Enforcement Officer informed Diamond Disposal that the seven-acre property on which it operated its trash hauling operation was a new use, not a continuance of a former non-conforming use. 

            In an attempt to resolve the matter, Diamond Disposal requested a variance from the zoning board.  A variance is permitted by a zoning board when a property has a hardship that is not self-created by the property owner and it is not financial in nature. 

            Ultimately, the zoning board agreed that ...



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