Entrance road topic of controversy

Township resident Tom James questioned whether supervisors had approved an entrance road built into the housing development being constructed by Robert Shupp of Shupp’s Excavating and Paving on Dalton Road bordering Overfield and Clinton townships. James, whose property neighbors the planned development, also questioned whether the entrance road met the necessary state and township requirements.

“The road was put in illegally, plain and simple,” James said. James claimed that the red shale used as a base for the road is not a permitted base material.

Shupp, who has worked in the paving and construction industry for 28 years, assured supervisors that red shale is an acceptable base material. Shupp also noted that supervisors signed off on the construction before work began and that he has consulted with members of the Overfield Township Planning Commission during each phase of construction.

During the meeting supervisor William Hnatko could not recall whether supervisors had okayed the entrance road. Hnatko wanted to consult with the planning commission before taking any further action. “Without knowing what the planning commission knows, I’m not going to stop him,” Hnatko told James.

According to Shupp, he returned to his home following the meeting and produced permits signed by supervisors Scott Kresge and Gerald Fritsch prior to construction allowing the road. Shupp said he has also secured the necessary permits from the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and a PennDOT inspector will visit the site in April to verify construction is up to code. During the meeting, township secretary Susan Smith read a correspondence from the Wyoming County Conservation District praising the work being done by Shupp.

In other business, Zoning officer George Dougherty reported that the Overfield Township Planning Commission met on February 5 for a reorganization meeting. The following officers were elected: Mike Manglaviti, president; Leo Kelleher, vice president; and Don Clifford, secretary. The commission will continue to meet on the first Tuesday of each month.

Supervisors accepted the resignation of Lloyd Overfield from the Overfield Township Police force. In his resignation letter, Overfield said he was taking a job with the Wyoming County 911 Center. “That’s a shame,” said Hnatko. “He was excellent.”