"We have to be concerned with the traveling public," said Polk Township engineer Russell Kresge when Polk Township Supervisors discussed the Jessie F. Felker driveway review. In addition, the township solicitor James Fareri explained that "public law takes priority over a will."
Of concern is the sight distance of an anticipated driveway that would help two sisters meet their mother's will's contents.
That issue was tabled after considerable discussion and the township will take another look at the situation.
Approved unanimously, with condition that approval from the Monroe County Planning Commission be received, was the Joseph J. Balzano Sr. lot joinder plan as it pertains to lots F-2 and F-3 in Pleasant View Lake.
Also getting a 3-0 approval was Hope Fellowship Church on Polk Township Road from relief from paving an area for parking behind the church. Since the area is almost all shale, the township will not require asphalt paving. If grading and drainage come into play, then the church must comply with related zoning ordinance sections.
A one-year time extension requested by Steve Parisi was also approved as of this October meeting. In addition, communications from Eldred Township in regard to the Vernon L. Frable minor subdivision has been received by the township engineer.
Township staff reports included that the road crew is patching, spot paving, filling cracks and getting ready for winter. In regard to that, Chairman/Roadmaster Brian Ahner is still looking for a single axle plow truck. If Liquid Fuels money is to be used for said purchase, it must be a new truck he reported, adding that such vehicles are expensive.
The township solicitor reported that the township has received payment in the Gonzalez & Torbeck matter. Township Zoning/Codes officer Gerald Zurat suggested the township try to recoup funds also for the township's time and costs in that situation.
Zurat reported he had received 6 complaints this month, with four from El-Do Lake. He will be working on those situations. It brings to 42 the overall number of complaints he has received for the year thus far.
An ordinance regulating property debris is set to be drafted and bidding for the culvert structure at Dotters Corner will be upcoming.
Secretary/Treasurer Nancy C. May began the meeting with a well-written thank-you letter sent by Eagle Scout Adam Jablonski. She also read information pertaining to the "Prevailing Wage Legislation," an important matter for the township.
She announced that the Toys for Tots campaign includes thinking of older children-teens- and that a collection box to receive donations is in the township office.
Chairman Ahner announced that the 250th anniversary celebration for Chestnuthill Township includes Polk as well as Eldred and Ross. Said townships were originally part of Chestnuthill.
The Township is still working on buying a laptop for Barry Borger, Emergency Management Coordinator.
A tentative meeting schedule for 2013 has been set up, including the reorganization date of Jan. 3, 2013, with said meeting beginning at 8 a.m. The May 2013 meeting is slated to be held on the third Monday, May 20, due to Memorial Day and the August 26 meeting has been moved to 8 a.m. due to the 2013 West End Fair.
Trick or Treat for this year will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.