FAIRLESS HILLS >> The future of the Elcon Recycling Services project proposed for Falls Township could be decided on April 30 when the Falls Township Board of Supervisors holds a special meeting at Keller Hall at Pennsbury High School West, 608 Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills.
The Falls Township Board of Supervisors has set April 30 at 7 p.m. as a special meeting date to review the controversial application. The board has heard years of comments from residents and neighboring community members opposed to the plan, including the standing-room-only crowd this week. Many who spoke during the most recent meeting demanded that the board deny the application.
Until Elcon’s recent formal land development plan submission, the Falls governing body had no jurisdiction to weigh in on the project. Even with so many against the project, the Supervisors are required by law to fairly review and consider the plan.
The board has made a concerted effort to keep residents up to date on the project, sharing immediately on social media and the township Website that Elcon had submitted plans and that a special meeting would be forthcoming.
“In the 15 years I’ve been on the board, I don’t ever remember posting plans and announcements on a project as we did with this one,” Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie said. “It’s not something we’re required to do, but it’s something we chose to do.”
Even though some in attendance were angered by the board’s inability to deny the Elcon plan outright, Harvie said he and the other Supervisors are doing the job they were elected to do.
“We’re not going to lie to you, to give you answers you want to hear,” Harvie said. “It’s not our job. I won’t do that as long as I’m here.”
Supervisor Vice Chairman Jeffry Dence said the board is listening and hears everyone.
“We see your signs,” he said. “We all live in the same town. We’re all raising families.”
Supervisor Brian Galloway commended residents for sharing their concerns.
“The people that are coming to the meeting are doing their jobs,” Galloway said. “We’re diligently trying to do our job.”
Supervisor Jeff Boraski and his family live near the Bucks County Montessori Charter School, a site many said is situated near the route to and from Elcon’s proposed facility.
“We’re residents,” Boraski said, adding that his wife works in the Pennsbury School District. “My kids are outside just like the kids at the Montessori Charter School and everyone else.”