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Cambria Co. township border dispute continues in front of panel
By: Jackalyn Kovac
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A township border in Cambria County continued to be disputed Friday in front of a panel of judges. Officials say the line was established in 1870, but after a survey was done following two accidents in the questioned area, some say the line between Richland Township and Adams Township is not correct.
"If they change the line, everything these people relied on in setting up their home is going to change," said attorney David Rickabaugh.
Several residents established in their respective townships say they aren't happy with the idea of changing. They say they are frustrated with the process.
"Unfortunately we already had the home on the market because we heard about this," said Richland Township resident Tom Costa. "We had two potential buyers walk away because of this dispute."
The big issue for many is the idea of their childrens changing school districts. Residents living in Richland township go to Richland Schools, and Adams Township students attend Forest Hills.
"We had just purchased a house within the last 12 months with a clear understanding that we would be living in Richland Township," said Vincent Maxwell. " About four months after we bought the home, we were served by the sheriff the notification of this dispute."
The case is currently being heard by a panel of judges in Cambria County. Township officials told 6 News that prior to the legal dispute, there was an understanding that residents could stay in their respective townships until they sold their homes.
The panel is expected to tour the disputed area on Jan. 20. A decision is expected to be handed down in March.