Lower Towamensing Township has decided to take the owner of a township restaurant to court.
The township's board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to proceed with legal process against Ron Gilbert, owner of Covered Bridge Inn, for failure to comply with the township's uniform construction code.
Gilbert, who was not in attendance, sent supervisors a letter that said he was on vacation.
Last month, township solicitor Jim Nanovic told supervisors that at the request of the board, he has prepared an amendment against the owners to make them comply with the UCC code.
Nanovic previously said Gilbert has never followed the requirements of the code at his restaurant, located at 4300 Little Gap Road, from the time it went into effect in 2004.
Gilbert has clashed with the township in recent years. In Dec. of 2007, the township's zoning hearing board granted Gilbert an extension of a permit to build a kitchen addition onto his establishment.
As part of that approval, the zoners asked then-township zoning officer Sherwood Green to lift a stop work order on Gilbert's permit because work had already commenced at the site before the expiration of the permit.
In Sept. of 2007, zoners issued Gilbert a continuance on his appeal of the stop work order issued by Green. Gilbert appealed the stop work order so he could build a 65-square-foot kitchen addition onto his hotel.
As part of that continuance, zoners told Gilbert he had t