Chestnuthill Township supervisors approved a motion 3-0 to drop its proposed outdoor wood burner ordinance at this time because the state approved its ordinance and the township will follow the state's ordinance which can be viewed on the Internet by logging on to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection model ordinance for outdoor wood-fired boilers.

Bernie Kozen, Executive Director of West End Park and Open Space Commission reported that there will be a free make and take Pine Cone "Bird Feeders" event at Chestnuthill Twp. Park on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Sled Riding on Feb. 19; a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 7; Zumba classes on Fridays in January.

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Supervisor Dave Fleetwood asked Kozen if he has seen anything CJER can do to pick up where Monroe County's parks program left off since it has been done away with.

Kozen said there were summer camps held at Pleasant Valley and is hoping that those summer camps can still be held utilizing PV's campus.

Supervisor Chris Eckert asked how it has worked out for the park since a fees structure had been put into place since last year.

Kozen said that there were some groups and organizations that grumbled in the beginning but all's been worked out fine.

The next Chestnuthill Township Historical Society meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Park building.

The board approved expenditures for supervisors Chuck Gould and Dave Fleetwood and their wives to attend the PSATS Conference.

At the Dec. 21 meeting the board approved 3-0:

*to authorize Dave Albright township manager and Attorney Joseph McDonald to prepare a bid document and to advertise accordingly for the operation of the solid waste portion of the Chestnuthill Township Transfer Station.

*the request from Bob Ames and Judy Sanner from Burnley Employment Services to amend the agreement between Chestnuthill and Burnley to include rate increases from $9.75/hr. to $11.10/hr. for laborers and from $12.50/hr. to $13/hr. for cleaning supervisor

The board also approved conditionally (3-0) the New Brodheadsville, LP (formerly Merwine, Connie) major subdivision and prelim/final land development, subject to satisfactorily addressing Engineer Chris McDermott's review letter dated 12/21/10, including but not limited to several items.

Toward the conclusion of the Jan. 3 meeting, Joseph McDonald commented that he was beginning his 20th year as the township's solicitor.

"It has been a pleasure and professional challenge. The work is always evolving."

He added that he hoped to serve the township as long as Walter O'Malley did for the Dodgers.