Developers agree to rezoning in AkronCouncil moves forward without Humane League

By on October 5, 2011

By: MILAN VRACARICH JR. Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

The Akron Borough Council meeting on Sept. 12 was unusually tense as representatives from Latitude 17 LLC spoke before council.

The issue has been whether or not Akron Borough officially owns the entire Rail Trail, as the northern property line of Latitude 17’s development project runs splits a section of the trail. The initial application for the property was different than the zoning application, when the trail was not labeled as belonging to Akron. The company stated at the meeting it intends to let Akron do what it wants with the land and is willing to redo the zoning and give the borough an official deed for it.

"We want (the project) to be a benefit to the borough," said Wade Hartz of Latitude 17. "We don’t want to be the bad guys, we want to work with (Akron)."

"The lack of communication has been the most irritating piece (of this)," said Council President Thomas Murray. "That was very irritating having two maps looking completely different. That was the biggest issue."

The Akron Borough Council officially motioned to part ways with the Humane League for at least one year. The increase in cost was cited as the main reason.

"We can buy a lot of dog food or a chip scanner," said Finance Committee Chairperson Terry Reber about the money the council will potentially save.

The borough will harbor dogs for a 72-hour period before the state dog warden will pick them up. Of the approximately 10 dogs taken in by the borough, only one was picked up by the humane league in the past year.

Hurricane Irene did not bring any flood damage to the borough other than the Nissley Sewage Pump Station. According to Borough Manager Dan Guers people were never in any type of health or safety danger. Nissley is the main pump station, serving the entire borough.

Because Ephrata Borough shut off the power, the pump stations were forced to run on its generators. All indications signaled the generators were functioning. However, some time during the night the generators flooded and shut off. The generators received extensive damage from the flood waters.

"We need to examine what to do to prevent this (from happening) in the future," said Council President Thomas Murray. More AKRON, page A16

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