Despite its having been discussed, advertised and adopted Kidder Township's new Quality of Life ordinance is causing a stir among some township residents.
The ordinance is entitled An Ordinance Adopting the Quality of Life and Violations Ticket Process in the Township of Kidder; Property Maintenance Rules and Regulations.
The purpose is to address the "lack of maintenance of properties … that contribute to the deterioration of property values and general disorder in a community."
"This ordinance was on the agenda a few months ago. It has been advertised and adopted – now is not the time to discuss it," explained Chairman Bob Lengle.
Lengle went on to explain that the township employees would be meeting privately Tuesday (Jan. 21) to discuss any difficulties they might anticipate with enforcing the ordinance.
"If you have any concerns please put them in writing and bring them to me," requested Township Manager Lisa Klem. "We will take them into consideration."
According to Police Chief Matt Kuzma in just two nights last week he and one of his officers issued over 150 written warnings for violations of the ordinance.
Residents who have not read the ordinance may obtain a copy at the township building.
It was also announced at the meeting that prior to next month's board of Supervisors meeting, Representative Doyle Hefley will be holding a town meeting in Kidder Township. Hefley's meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
"All residents are invited to attend and bring any issues up to Representative Hefley that they have concerns about," said Lengle.
Also on Thursday's agenda was a request by Split Rock Country Club requesting a waiver of a variance fee. No motion was made on the request so no action was taken by the board.
Motions were made and passed for payment of the bills in the amount of $85,002.21 and also to contribute $200 to the White Haven Library.
During the course of the meeting Chairman Lengle made a presentation to Stephen Lilick as Kidder Township Emergency Services Person of the Year. Lilick, who lives in Albrightsville, is Deputy Chief at the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.
Lengle and the Lake Harmony Fire Chief also made presentations to retiring Albrightsville Fire Chief, Bruce Berger in appreciation of all he has done in his 36 years of service to the fire company. Berger service as chief for 22 of those years.