by Jonathan Weaver
Some old Manor Township ordinances might be brought up-to-date at the beginning of June.
Manor Township’s proposed stormwater ordinance, solid waste ordinance, proposed large gathering ordinance, vegetative growth ordinance and revised junkyard and licensing of transient and retail businesses ordinance were all advertised and will be voted on at the June 1 regular meeting.
Supervisor Chair Paul Rearick explained the pending actions.
“Our ordinances have been antiquated, and we’ve sat down in committees and gone over them, revamped them or in some cases (Solicitor Andrew Sacco) has advised us to get rid of one and (write) another one,” Rearick said.
The floodplain ordinance is mandated in all local municipalities.
The municipality’s stormwater management ordinance – which is considered more-stringent than State requirements – will also be updated to correct outdated or poor verbage. The new verbage will not lessen those regulations.
Several local businesses – such as Steve’s Auto Body, Projectile Tube and even the new Armstrong Junior/Senior High School along Buffington Drive – have addressed the strict stormwater ordinance at public meetings and were required to re-look at original blueprints.
Steve’s Auto Body and Projectile Tube are considered in Manor Township’s Keystone Opportunity Zone in the Manor Township Business Park.
Rearick said other ordinances may also be considered for an update in the future and others may be written if residents feel there is a need for one.
An example may be the large gathering ordinance, which police officers recommended after an event last Fall at Falcon Park.
“(Officers) don’t want to wade into something where they don’t know what they’re getting into,” Rearick said.
Large groups of more than 150 people will need a permit if the proposed ordinance passes in two weeks.
A full copy of each proposed ordinance or change is available at the Manor Township Municipal Building along Byron Street or at the Steiner Sacco Law Office in Kittanning.