Clearfield Boro OKs conditional use request|
Thursday, October 18, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Borough Zoning Hearing Board approved a conditional use to place a handicapped accessible ramp at a Park Avenue residence.
Stephen Demchak of 317 Park Avenue applied for the conditional use to place the handicapped ramp at his residence.
The conditional use is needed because the ramp infringes upon the 12-foot setback requirement, according to borough Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack.
Don Shaw of the Clearfield American Legion and Clearfield Veterans of Foreign Wars spoke in favor of the proposal. He said the ramp is being constructed by the Presbyterian Hammers along with the assistance of Legion and VFW members.
He said five private donors are paying for a portion of the material cost of the project and the American Legion/VFW will be paying for the remaining costs.
He said the members of the Presbyterian Hammers have experience in construction and many of them have worked on Habitat for Humanity projects, and will be constructing the ramp to meet all code requirements.
Mark Demchak said his father has lived in the house since 1954 and needs the ramp to stay as independent as possible.
The application was approved unanimously.
The Clearfield Borough Council approved the conditional use last month but made approval conditional on the ramp being removed if Stephen Demchak passes away or the property is sold.
Shaw asked if the ramp could remain if the property is sold to another handicapped individual who needs the ramp.
Mack said in that case, the new owner would have to come to the zoning hearing board to seek approval as well.
In other business, to make its meetings more accessible to the public, the zoning hearing board voted to move its meeting times to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The meetings will continue to be held on an as needed basis.
In attendance were zoning hearing board members Sue Williams, who chaired the meeting, Linda Lewis, James Davidson and alternate Heather Bozovich.
Absent were chairman Mike Gill and Gary Shugarts.