The Rice Township Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance rescinding an ordinance approved in October 2013, which vacated the unpaved section of Heslop Road at their monthly meeting Tuesday April 1. Supervisors Marcia Thomas and Mark Taney voted Yes and Miller Stella voted No. Stella and former supervisor George Venesky had supported the abandonment.
Heslop has been a public road since 1840 or before and connects to Brown Street in Fairview Township. The total length of the unpaved portion in Rice Township is about 2.5 miles. It traverses the Pennsylvania State Gamelands 207.
The public was vehemently opposed to the Heslop Road abandonment plan, which included erecting a gate to bar the public from entrance to the Gamelands by vehicle. The issue was discussed at length at public meetings before the Ordinance abandoning it was approved.
Rice Solicitor Jack Dean announced that the Township’s insurance company has settled two lawsuits filed by Marcia Thomas in 2011. Thomas had filed Whistleblower and Defamation suits against a number of elected and appointed Rice Township officials including George Venesky, Miller Stella, Attorneys Tom Marsilio and William Higgs, and others. Settlement terms were not revealed, but the information will
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