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After five months of tabling, a private road maintenance agreement was approved Tuesday night by the White Township Planning Commission that opens the door to a final minor subdivision for new lot lines dividing the Margaret G. Lazor Trust II property along Warren Road in the township.

Four houses are affected there, while two are affected by a minor subdivision of Gary Hankinson’s property at 245 N. Ben Franklin Road that splits a 0.27-acre lot near the roadway with a 0.28-acre lot that will be looped around it.

However, the agreement still needs to clear one more hurdle: A review by the township’s solicitors at Delaney & Fritz PC, who were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting itself barely had a quorum. Chairman Robert Begg was out of town on business, Commissioner Nancy Smith also was absent, and Commissioner George Lenz was a late arrival. Vice Chairman Ted Kuckuck wielded the gavel.

The commission also approved a sewage facilities planning module for a new home at 1168 Martin Road.

There also was discussion of problems in two other neighborhoods, but no decisions were made.

The commission received a special counsel’s opinion of a dispute between neighbors along Metz Road, where a private home is next to a residence where cars reportedly are worked on, but took no action pending a review by Begg.

Also Tuesday, Assistant Township Manager Chris Anderson presented a “working draft outline” of a new comprehensive plan for White Township.

A committee has been working on that plan, an update of one approved a decade ago, with some new provisions for the Hoodlebug Trail Extension, a driveway ordinance, the township’s stormwater management ordinance, an official map and efforts to obtain grant funding to improve traffic signals.

Anderson also reported that White Township now is part of two Complete Count Committees tied in to the 2020 census, one with all of Indiana County, the other with Indiana Borough and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.