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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Vacancies Filled On Potter Co. Planning Commission

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Potter County Planning Commission is back at full strength. At Thursday’s business meeting, the Potter County Commissioners appointed Curt Weinhold and Phil Hershey to fill the final two unexpired terms that conclude on Jan. 1, 2010.

Weinhold is a photographer and outdoor enthusiast who recently retired from Morgan AM&T in Coudersport. Hershey owns and operates Hershey Farms Market. They join Tom Jacoby, a PennDOT employee and member of the Allegany Township Board of Supervisors, as recent appointees.

Other Planning Commission members are Wanda Shirk (chair), Rance Baxter, Marshall Hamilton and John McLaughlin. Commission members serve at no compensation. They are responsible for land use planning, stormwater management, subdivision and land development regulations. The Planning Commission also plays an advisory role in highway and bridge projects, regional economic development programs and other government initiatives.

Next Planning Commission meeting will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 14, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. Meetings are open to the public. The meeting room is the first door on the right, just inside the Main Street entrance. Potter County Today

20 comments :

Anonymous said...

Two outstanding selections. Curt is practical and he respects the environment and appreciates what makes Potter County special and is worth preserving. Phil has deep roots in Potter County and has the practical experience of running a business. Maybe now the Planning Commission will get back to the job of planning instead of just rubber stamping land developments.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Certain developers and surveyor(s) have too much influence now. Let's preserve what we have and not be blinded by the all mighty dollar!

Rep. Chick said...

I have attended several of their meetings over the years and it never seemed like they rubber stamped land developments to me!

Anonymous said...

To Rep. Chick: How many subdivision violations have been prosecuted over the past say 10 years? And how many waivers have been granted? The answer to the first question is probably zero. The answer to the second question is many! People with influence are able to have their way right now with the commission members and the staff. I used to be employed in real estate in Potter County and I know what I am talking about. They have a little bit of bark and no bite I'm telling ya.

Anonymous said...

I thought the problems got their last big deed done and then resigned before discrimination issues came up. Then positioned more of their kind to take over
those positions for the next few years.

Take a good look at what other counties are doing. Lets talk about why nothing is getting accomplished here. Everyday is a day lost. Congrats to the other counties for their dedication to the needs of their residents, but lets not use that as a diversion to the needs of this county.

Anonymous said...

"How many subdivision violations have been prosecuted over the past say 10 years?...The answer is probably zero"

Probably zero, probable is not an answer!

Anonymous said...

Go to one Planning Commission meeting and you will see where the name "rubber stamp" came from.
The hole commission is a waste of time!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree on the rubber stamp comment. The Planning Commission has lost it's courage ever since the last board of commissioners got rid of Dr. Michael Callahan and Jim Leech. The group now does not plan for the future and loves to grant waivers or just let things go especially when a certain surveyor comes in and bullies them and plays the right politics. Certain people know how to find the loopholes like the parent to son loophole (except for the one family last initial G that got caught) and the minimum acreage loophole and others. This organization does not have any guts. Maybe the new members will take it seriously.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of sour grapes or pissed off people to me!

I know several of the people that are on and were on this board and do not believe these negative posts!

Wanda has done a great job as chair, you go girl!

Anonymous said...

With this many sour grapes,sounds like they were doing their job pretty well.

Anonymous said...

It's a surveyors job to represent his or her clients in front of the PCPC. If I were to hire a surveyor I would hope it would be one that "wins" a lot more than they lose.

Would you hire an attorney that loses their cases in front of the judge???

As to the commission members themselves. This is a non paid position and they have to subject themselves to criticisms no matter which way they rule. If they get more restrictive then they are trying to kill the economy. If they let things fly then they are killing the environment. They can't win.

Anonymous said...

What the?? The organizations job is not to shut down everything that comes to the table down like apparantly some on here want. I mean come on. Developers are who bring the money to the area in so many ways and yet some sit back and just and resent anything that they are ignorant of.
Welcome to Potter County!! If it can't be built out of rough cut hemlock and a blue tarp roof WE DON'T WANT IT!
By the way, if a loophole exists and you were in position you would want full benefit of it for sure. Sounds like a lot of jealousy to me.

Anonymous said...

Wanda IS the problem with the PCPC. It can't function with her bias opinion on everything. Why anybody would serve with her at the helm is beond me!!

Anonymous said...

While I may disagree with Wanda on wind, I think overall she does an excellent job and has the counties best interest at heart. It's gotta be hard to balance all of the different opinions that exist as to what needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

I have seen wanda, attack and be-little other members when she disagrees with them. Once again, I can't see why anyone would want to serve with her at the helm!! I know I wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

If you're not happy with the boards
decisions, maybe you should sit
on the board. It's easy to
criticize rather then give of your
own time and commitment.

Anonymous said...

The PCPC has no teeth, no power and because of this they have to rubber stamp everything. They reject nothing. Good people wasting good time. Go to a meeting and see for yourself. Thank goodness they are not paid!!

Anonymous said...

4/12-4;45-Right on the money! Brad

Anonymous said...

I have been to meetings and you are wrong!

If YOU have some teeth that you feel the need to use, then why don't you donate YOUR time?!

Until then, thank you Wanda and the rest of the members on the board!

Anonymous said...

Thanks PCPC members who want to keep Potter County in touch with its roots. This was and is God's Country. You are the envy of those who couldn't stick it out.
Don't let them kid you.