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Falls Supervisors Unanimously Reject Elcon Plan

Following a land development presentation, the Falls Township Supervisors unanimously rejected the Elcon Recycling Services application during a special meeting Tuesday night.  The governing body decision follows last month’s Falls Township Planning Commission rejection. The Elcon plan was first discussed five years ago.

Following the vote, Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie noted that the Department of Environmental Protection decision is still forthcoming. He also cited numerous issues with the application itself, including omissions of details, such as local hospitals and how a spill or other mishap would be handled.

Falls Supervisor Jeff Boraski was first to question Elcon representatives on several concerns. Elcon engineer Erik Garton said details were still being worked out.

Boraski and Falls Supervisors Vice Chairman Jeff Dence pressed representatives about the proposed seven-foot-high retaining wall and how employees would leave the property in the event of an emergency. Fire Marshal Rich Dippolito, a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years, voiced concerns about emergency services crews being able to gain access given the retaining wall and proposed fence above it.

Falls Engineer Joseph Jones said he was concerned about Elcon’s plan to use 70,000 cubic yards of soil to bring the site above the floodplain. That amount of soil would amount to 5,000 dump trucks hauling soil in, Jones said.

“It’s exorbitant,” Jones said, adding that constructing the retaining wall alone with take “a long period of time in months, not weeks.”

After Elcon’s presentation and roughly an hour of questions from the board and its professionals, Boraski made a motion to deny the application, which Supervisor Jeff Rocco seconded.

“I don’t think that this site fits,” Boraski said.

Falls attorney Michael Clarke noted that the law requires public comment before any vote is taken. Since more than three dozen people signed up to offer comments, the board heard from 34 residents and non-residents alike who spoke in opposition to the Elcon plan during the allotted 90 minute public comment period.

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