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Ramer appointed to St. Thomas post

January 22, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - David Ramer was appointed interim supervisor by St. Thomas Township supervisors Edmund Herald and Timothy Sollenberger at a reorganizational meeting earlier this month.

The seat was vacant as a result of a vote recount in Franklin County Court to determine whether Ramer or write-in challenger Frank Stearn won the November election.

Herald said he and Sollenberger appointed Ramer because the seat may be vacant for only three weeks, and they did not want to have to train someone.

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"If something comes up, we wanted someone who knew something about the township and how it does business," he said.

Franklin County Judge Douglas W. Herman will hear oral arguments from attorneys for Ramer and Stern on Friday at 9 a.m. on why the ballots in question should be accepted or rejected.

"The judge takes it under consideration, then renders his decision," Herald said. "It does not have to be done the same day."

A controversial proposed stone quarry in the township led to Stern's write-in campaign. The supervisors approved the application from St. Thomas Development Inc., a subsidiary of DePaul Industries of Blue Bell, Pa., at their Nov. 19 meeting.

"They've submitted an application to DEP, and they will start public advertising for four consecutive weeks. After that, they have to allow 30 days for comments or questions to DEP," Herald said.

If requested, the state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing in the township to hear resident's concerns. The department will render a decision on the quarry after considering all research and comments, Herald said.

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