News in brief
August 24, 2011 —
Holbert appeals filed
LACKAWAXEN, PA —Save Lackawaxen, a group of landowners living near the Holbert quarry, and the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) have both filed appeals of the Lackawaxen supervisors’ approval of a permit to expand quarry operations to 40 acres. The UDC appeal requested that the decision be reversed, or alternatively that it be vacated and the issue remanded for another hearing.
At the UDC Project Review Committee meeting of August 23, it was estimated that it would take 30 to 90 days before any response was received from the Court of Common Pleas.
Separately, the UDC sent a letter to Lackawaxen attorney Anthony Waldron requesting a clarification of certain provisions of the written decision. In his response, Waldron gave no clarification, but noted that the conditional use decision had already been made and cannot be amended unless directed by the court, or by the unanimous decision to all six parties at the conditional use hearing.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released an inspection report finding violations on the property, including that the maximum allowable acreage had been exceeded. It issued one compliance order and two notices of violation. A remediation deadline of September 26 has been set.
Lutfy cleared of Hatch Act complaint
MILFORD, PA — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has cleared Pam Lutfy, candidate for Pike County Commissioner, of any wrongdoing under the Hatch Act. Following an investigation, OSC wrote that there is “insufficient evidence” to conclude any violations occurred. The investigation was based on complaints the office received earlier this year from undisclosed individuals.
The Hatch Act prevents covered employees of state or local executive agencies from participating in certain political activities, such as using their official authority to influence an election. As a teacher at the Sunshine Station Early Leaning Center, which received federal Head Start funds, Lutfy was found not to have violated any of these provisions.
“It is unfortunate that some people will go to extreme lengths to ensure that the status quo of politics is preserved in Pike County by making baseless complaints and attempting to keep me off the ballot,” said Lutfy. “I am excited to continue my campaign to provide fresh, independent leadership—so that we can get beyond this kind of petty politics and start focusing on solving local problems.”
North Branch fights post office closing