James Reading was re- appointed as chairman of the planning commission. John Claffey was also re-appointed as the Schuylkill Township Planning Commission's vice chairman.
Township planning and administration was discussed as new commissions are being formed. The Schuylkill Township Historical Commission, represented by Sandra Momyer, announced their regular meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
The commission, which is made up of 12 members, was formed at the end of last year from interested township residents according to their experience. Their first project is to compile records on the estimated 200 historical buildings in the township.
Additionally, the regional planning commission is in development, according to Lee Ledbetter, township supervisor that was present at the planning commission meeting. The organization, that is expected to include local townships, is currently concerned with choosing a consultant to create a regional plan for all of the municipalities involved.
The process of regional planning will include public hearings and is not expected to be fully effective until the middle of 2005.
In other news, a preliminary plan for Schuylkill Elementary School was granted approval pending the comments of the zoning hearing board and John Sartor, PE, of Gilmore and Associates, regarding three variances and three special exceptions.
Quad Three Group, Inc., the project engineers, were represented by Domenick W. Colangelo, PE, who presented the revised plan.
Variances for parking, signage and removing topsoil were recommended for approval. In addition, three exceptions for a colvert, construction of a road and changing grading for that road all related to the widening of Pothouse Road were granted contingent on the township engineer's review.
After review and the subsequent plan revisions are made a final plan will be presented for approval. This is the third plan that has been presented to the township.