PETERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – It was a victory for opponents of a crematory proposal in Washington County.
The Peters Township Planning Commission voted 5-0 against recommending an amendment to a township ordinance that would have permitted the business along Washington Road.
Funeral director Danielle Belusko had previously tried and failed to get the township to approve the crematory in a different location. She said it was a safe business and would never open it if she thought it would hurt anybody.
The meeting was packed with mostly opponents of the crematory proposal.
Samuel Hazo, Jr., president of the Hidden Valley Estates Homeowners Association, said hundreds of people he represents were concerned about their property values and their health.
Another homeowner Christie Kulbieda said the vote was a small victory, but the battle wasn’t over yet because the zoning commission will consider the plan next week. The following week, the Peters Township Council will vote on the proposal.
There are no crematories in Peters Township right now.