South Strabane Township Municipal Building

South Strabane Township municipal building

South Strabane Township is moving toward a solution for Strabane Manor residents who had a falling out with the developer and builder of the project.

Members of Strabane Manor Homeowners Association rallied at the township’s October meeting, raising concerns Dan Ryan Builders was creating a second homeowners association, Strabane Haven, which would require both associations to share a stormwater drainage system.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Seth Wilson, an attorney for Dan Ryan, told the township supervisors his client wants to merge both associations back into one, according to Brandon Stanick, the township manager.

“That’s the best solution and what everybody is working toward,” Stanick said.

Day Ryan was going to create phase four of the building project, which includes a 47-unit development, under Strabane Haven. The construction has begun, and it is expected to have a larger number of single-family rental units, since Strabane Manor’s association put a cap on rentals in its bylaws.

The developer was planning to have the stormwater from Strabane Haven discharge into the drainage system put in Strabane Manor, Stanick said, but the residents don’t want to share that system, especially without being financially compensated for its maintenance. Stanick said the developer will eventually turn over the responsibility of maintaining the drainage system to the homeowners association, with any parts of the system that are on township-owned rights-of-way falling under the township’s responsibility.

Stanick said Strabane Manor’s association will talk to its attorney before making a decision about merging with Strabane Haven.

In other action Tuesday, the board deferred a discussion and approval of a tentative 2018 budget until a reconvened meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

“That meeting will be strictly to consider the proposed budget,” Stanick said.

In order to give the public at least 20 days to review the tentative budget, the board moved next month’s meeting to 5 p.m. Dec. 28, when they expect to vote on a final budget.

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