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Sandy Twp. moves forward on proposed Elder Cottage ordinance

DuBOIS — The Sandy Township Supervisors took a step forward Monday which may possibly lead them to enacting an ordinance for a proposed Elder Cottage in the near future.

The supervisors unanimously decided they want to pursue drafting an ordinance after receiving a zoning amendment request from the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc. for a proposed Elder Cottage for temporary senior living.

“We have to draft the ordinance and what the manager wanted to make sure is that before we put this work into doing a final draft ordinance that the supervisors are favorable to this,” said Solicitor Greg Kruk.

With the vote tonight, Kruk said some of the issues previously discussed can be put into the proposed ordinance.

Some of those issues include:

  • Is it going to be an Elder Cottage for someone who is age 62 or older who is in need of medical care?
  • Is it going to include people who are under 62?
  • Is it going to include a one- or two-year review after it’s approved?
  • Is it a conditional use or a special exception?
  • What type of bond is needed if the Elder Cottage needs to be removed?
  • If it is not removed by the property owner, is there some type of agreement that can be reached with the CCAAA about the review of the structure after it is placed?
  • Is it units manufactured off site or does it include units that are built perhaps by the owner themself?

“We need to present to the supervisors an ordinance that resolves those issues,” Kruk said.

The proposed ordinance could be presented to the supervisors at their next meeting on Dec. 18, Kruk said. After they look at it, the ordinance will then be sent to the Clearfield County and township planning commissions for their comments and approvals.

“We don’t really dictate that, that’s part of the process in Pennsylvania for doing a zoning ordinance,” Kruk said. “We come up with the ordinance but before we do the ordinance we want to know what the feelings are for the supervisors.”

Kruk said the planning commissions have up to 45 days to review the ordinance once it is presented to them.

Once it comes back from the planning commissions, if the supervisors want to move forward, they will advertise the zoning ordinance and hold a public hearing. The ordinance could then be enacted following the public hearing, Kruk said.

“It’s a pretty detailed project that goes to various other entities first and then comes back to the supervisors,” said Kruk.

“It’s headed in the right direction,” said Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Jeffers after Donald Robertson, of Yale Road, Sandy Township, asked for clarification of what the supervisors approved Monday.

The CCAAA, along with its subsidiary Mature Resources Foundation, has applied and received two grants – one from the Clearfield Affordable Trust Act and another from the Pennsylvania Fair Housing Act, CCAAA Director of Business Development Julie Fenton told the supervisors at a previous meeting. The total amount of both grants is $65,000 to be used to build an Elder Cottage.

CCAAA Director of Business Development Julie Fenton said the grant requires that the Elder Cottage be purchased or built and placed by the end of June 2018. The amount of the grant money will pay for one cottage.

There is currently no Elder Cottage program in Pennsylvania. If the ordinance is approved by the township, it would be the first in the state.

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Marcy Dippold, of the Elk County Humane Society, officiates the wedding of Cody, left, and Pewps, right. Their wedding was a fundraiser for the humane society.

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Dog groom Cody spends time with guests Kyla McCabe, left, and Delaney Dunworth before his wedding Monday night.

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Donations of food, toys and funds were brought as wedding gifts to Monday’s dog wedding to benefit the Elk County Humane Society.

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Alana Martin, owner of groom Cody, and Melissa Gardner, owner of Pomeranian Pewps, pose with their dogs after the wedding ceremony.

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A large crowd gathered at the canine wedding of Cody and Pewps. Their wedding was a fundraiser for the Elk County Humane Society.

Two men arrested after I-80 pursuit

BROOKVILLE — Two men who led police in a 10-mile pursuit on Interstate 80 in Jefferson County early Saturday are now incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail.

According to DuBois-based state police, at 2:19 a.m., police initiated a traffic stop on a 2014 Nissan Altima displaying a stolen registration plate on I-80 westbound near mile marker 88.8 in Washington Township. After police spoke briefly with the driver, Ibrhima Dukuray, 22, no address given, he fled in the vehicle.

A pursuit ensued for about 10 miles until Dukuray lost control of the Nissan while trying to leave the Interstate at exit 78 in Brookville. The vehicle hit a road sign then overturned, coming to rest near the off-ramp.

Dukuray and the vehicle’s other occupant, Alhaji D. Jatta, 21, Bronx, N.Y., fled on foot. They were apprehended after a brief search of local businesses, police say.

The Altima was later determined to have been stolen.

Both men were arraigned before District Judge David B. Inzana and their bail was set at $500,000, each.

Jatta is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, and possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Dukuray is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police, DUI, recklessly endangering another person, providing false ID to law enforcement and multiple summary traffic violations.

They were unable to post bail and were remanded to the Jefferson County Jail.

Hunter found deceased

BROCKWAY — A Brockway man was discovered deceased of natural causes after he did not return home from hunting Saturday.

DuBois-based state police report that around 6:41 p.m., their station was notified of an overdue hunter, David Rankin Stotler Jr., 72, of Brockway.

Stotler was discovered deceased during a search in Polk Township. The Jefferson County Coroner responded and determined that he died of natural causes.

Police were also assisted by the Warsaw Township Fire Department, Brockway Ambulance, Jefferson County EMS and Pine Creek Township Search and Rescue.