Antis vote may result in legal action

A unanimous decision by the Antis Township Board of Supervisors last evening may result in legal action.
Pittsburgh attorney John Goteskie, hired by Alliance Medical Services Inc., attended yesterday’s meeting and watched as the board voted, 6-0, to reject a sewage facilities planning module necessary for land owner Brinton Simington to acquire a proper building permit for a site located along Old Route 220.
Simington submitted the module to the board in September requesting the use of holding tanks while waiting for the state Department of Environmental Protection to lift a ban on multiple taps at the Pinecroft sewage treatment plant.
Immediately following the vote, Goteskie expressed his dissatisfaction for the board’s action and voiced his desire for legal action to be taken.
According to Chris Dutrow, the township’s engineer who works with Stiffler, McGraw and Associates of Hollidaysburg, there were four reasons why he recommended the board not accept Simington’s request.
He said the module, as submitted, does not take the present and future sewage needs of the area into consideration and does not coincide with the township’s comprehensive land use plans.
“There’s an existing area on the west side of the proposed site that hasn’t been addressed,” said Dutrow.
Also, Dutrow said Pennsylvania Code requires that prime agricultural soils can’t be disturbed in the process, noting the access road to the proposed area would disturb such soils.
He also said holding tank information was also submitted by Simington, but wasn’t legible.