The next step for fixing the culvert on Dotters Creek on Dotters Creek Road was approved by the Polk Township Board of Supervisors 3-0. That step is doing a geo-technical study. The work will be paid through the general funds account. A second culvert is on the waiting list for that action.
Waiting for the rain to abate is now the hold on painting the township road lines. The paint is finally available, but the weather is not right at this particular time.
The street addressing project is still underway. Polk is now reportedly 10th on the list to get its individual street addresses. Supervisor Nancy May thinks residents may be informed as to their particular address by November, if not even later.
The board unanimously approved first granting the needed waivers concerning the minor subdivision/lot joinder plan of Anthony Speziale and John C and Sandra Jennings and then the minor preliminary plan itself.
They also approved the return of a zoning duty to the supervisors rather than having that heard before the Zoning-Hearing Board after being so advised by their solicitor of the value of so doing. He used a current situation in Rustic Acres on Smith Road as a basis for that recommendation.
The three supervisors agreed to lower the traffic speed along the more populated part of Mertz Road to 25 miles per hour. Said speed and mandated warning sign for the speed will be appropriately posted.
A 3-0 vote also was made for naming Gerald Zurat the non-littering ordinance enforcement officer. That is a natural continuation of his current duties as zoning officer were his thoughts after meeting's end. His monthly report included inspections, 222 year-to-date; complaints, 35 YTD; permits issued; and a review of 19 compliance issues, of which some have been resolved and some are ongoing.
Chief Terry Jacoby gave his report for the township's volunteer fires company. The volunteers were called out 13 times during August, making 125 calls YTD. Among the calls were were: several accidents, a dwelling fire, assisting neighboring fire companies, assisting the State Police, doing an odor check, and more.
The fire company will hold its Fire Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, Supervisor May reminded all.
She reported that the township earned recycling dollars from the sale of aluminum cans, mulch and newspapers.
Bernie Kozen brought a flyer announcing an upcoming hike on Jonas Mountain Preserve and the board agreed to give relief of $152 for fees related to the township line dispute that pertains to the Vernon Frable Plan.