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No Date Set for Falls Supervisors Review of Elcon Project

Township professionals are undertaking a thorough project review.

For more than three years the Falls Township Board of Supervisors have listened intently to residents and community members’ concerns over the proposed Elcon Recycling Services project. The board continues to listen to the public while simultaneously enlisting help from its esteemed professionals to undertake an extensive review of the project.

Elcon submitted its land development plans to Falls on Jan. 25. By law, the township has 90 days to review any application submitted that’s deemed complete, according to township attorney Mike Clarke. Elcon, however, waived the time limit, Clarke said, which “allows a full review to be done.”

Once the most thorough of reviews has been carried out by the engineer, township attorneys, the fire marshal, and zoning officials, among others, then and only then, will the Falls Supervisors set a public meeting date to formally review the application.

Falls Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie and Vice Chairman Jeff Dence shared this insight with several dozen residents who attended Tuesday’s Supervisors meeting.

“We’ve been advised by our legal counsel that we shouldn’t comment on Elcon,” Dence said. “We hear you. We see you.”

Many have asked why the Falls Supervisors need to consider the application at all. The board has a “legal obligation to review” plans, Harvie said.

“(A property owner) does have a right to … develop that property to a way they feel is appropriate,” he said. “We don’t have the authority to just ignore.”

As land development proposals are submitted, they are reviewed by the township’s professionals. Engineer Joe Jones is analyzing the Elcon application currently.

“We’re not setting a (meeting) date and saying to our engineer ‘have it by this date,’” Harvie said. “He’s in the job because we trust him.”

A dozen in attendance spoke out against the project, citing concerns ranging from health, quality of life, and safety. The project is proposed for a portion of the Keystone Industrial Port Complex.

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