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Cambria County townships in midst of border dispute

By Maria Miller
RICHLAND AND ADAMS TOWNSHIPS, Pa. -- A hearing about a line separating two townships in Cambria County will be heard by a panel of judges Friday, but until then the future of several homes hangs in the balance.

Determining where the line separating Richland Township and Adams Township sits began years ago after a traffic accident. There was some dispute as to which township the accident happened in, so they (who is they?) surveyed the land. They found many homes were sitting in a different township than originally thought.

"There is some dispute between original borders that had been established versus the USGA maps," said Richland Township Supervisor Bob Heffelfinger. "Obviously with the introduction of GPS technology, this has really created some confusion."

It was about four years ago that officials in Richland and Adams townships said they split the cost to have the area along Solomon Run Road resurveyed. When they learned the actual path of the township line, they also learned at least seven homes were in a different township than they originally thought. To avoid major disruptions, the townships decided to keep things the way they were.

"We agreed the homes in Richland would stay in Richland until they're sold," said Adams Township Supervisor Dennis Richards. "Once they're sold they'll come back into Adams Township and (homes in) Adams, if they're sold, they would go back into Richland."

Now the supervisors said a developer wants to begin construction on an 85-home sub-division that sits directly on the township line. The developer wants the homes to be part of Richland Township but supervisors in Adams Township said the property is on their ground. In order to sort it out, homes that were originally impacted and left alone might now have to switch to the correct township.

"They are extremely upset, almost to the point ... of tears in some cases," said Heffelfinger. "You have residents that have lived there most of their lives. We have a young couple that just bought a home in the last five months with the intention of raising their children in Richland Township, and go to the schools and take advantage of the perks that are available in Richland Township."

"They want to stay where they're at and the people in Adams want to stay where they're at, too," said Richards.

Supervisors in Adams Township told 6 News they would still be fine with letting the people who live in those affected homes to stay in the township they wish. But on Friday the decision will be left with a panel of judges.

 
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