Conoy Township supervisors passed a resolution about public comment at meetings after realizing they could not find a copy of a similar resolution passed in 1986.
Under the resolution passed unanimously at the supervisors meeting on Thursday, July 12, public comments are to be limited to five minutes. Groups coming to address the supervisors are told to designate one person to speak for them. Supervisors may stop comments if they become repetitive.
Supervisors Chairman Stephen L. Mohr said the original resolution was passed in 1986 when the township was getting a lot of public comment about the waste-to-energy incinerator that the township ultimately agreed to host. But Mohr said since the township was unable to find the original resolution, the solicitor advised passing a new resolution. He said the regulations on public comments are standard procedure in most municipalities.
There was no public comment given at the meeting in either of the two times given for public participation, one at the beginning of the meeting and one at the end.
In another matter, supervisors voted 3-1 to send a letter in support of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s application to drain up to 400 million gallons of water from the 1 billion gallons in the Billmeyer Quarry so it can be used to help restore the level of the Susquehanna River during droughts. Mohr said droughts take place every 12 years on average and that the water would not be drained again until the quarry’s water level refills. He said water collects in the quarry naturally, but it could be refilled by pumping water from the river when the river level is high.
Supervisors Vice-Chair Gina R. Mariani cast the sole vote against sending the letter. Mohr voted for the resolution, as did Supervisors John L. Shearer and Clyde H. Pickel; Supervisor Kevin S. McKain was absent. When asked after the meeting why she opposed it, Mariani said the quarry’s water would not affect the river level significantly and that the quarry’s water might be needed for an emergency locally.
“I don’t think it’s going to make a dent in anything,” Mariani said.
In another matter, Mohr said a bridge carrying Risser Road over an unnamed creek tributary would be reduced to one lane of traffic because of damage it sustained during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. He said signs would be put up on Monday, July 16, alerting drivers that it would have a single lane and guide rails would be put up Tuesday, July 17, to narrow the area vehicles can drive on to one lane.