PLAINS TWP. — The township Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted to table a motion to purchase two adjoining parcels of land on Stocker and East Carey streets.
The land in question is located between the American Legion and a residence at the corner of the two streets and is roughly one block from the Solomon Plains Elementary and Junior High School.
If purchased, the municipality would pave the land and use it for public parking.
The $58,000 purchase was nearly voted on before township resident Andrew Lazar stood up to criticize the potential move.
“The township should not be in the real estate business,” he said before questioning the appraisal process.
Board Chairman Ron Filippini said one commercial appraisal was done, but Lazar said there should have been at least two.
He also challenged the board to account for the future costs of pavement, sidewalk construction, maintenance and the demolition of a structure on one of the properties.
Other residents critical of the purchase stated the move would primarily benefit the American Legion.
“If they want it, let them pay for it,” resident Mike Pella said.
Commissioner Jerry Yozviak said various community groups use the American Legion facility for meetings and charity events. Commissioner Nino Cinti spoke of ideas for a possible playground on part of the land.
Although there are several playgrounds in the township, none is within two miles of this particular location. Cinti ultimately ask that the vote be tabled until there is more research.
In other matters, Commissioner Robert Sax said that, in response to ongoing complaints from residents in the Keystone section of the township, numerous trucks hauling stone from rock quarries in Keystone were pulled over for violations.
While some residents in attendance at the meetings were happy with that, several said the actions did not go far enough.
Resident Chris Johnson urged the commissioners to exert more pressure on state officials to reduce the speed limit.