During a meeting Thursday, Walker Township Supervisors adopted a resolution raising the fees for various zoning board hearings.

The new rates will be $750 for hearings for variances, special exceptions or conditional uses, and $200 for each additional hearing needed on the same matter.

The fee for a validity challenge is $1,000. According to solicitor Mike Greek, using the prior fee schedule, the rates weren't covering the cost of the hearings.

In other business, the supervisors spent $25,900 to purchase a used skid steer.

The township had solicited bids for used or new skid steers, and selected a quote from Binkley & Hurst, Lititiz, for a 2006 model 7810 with a 90-inch material bucket. The supervisors directed Chad Felty, who heads the road department, to visit the dealer to inspect the model before making the purchase.

In a matter related to care of roads, the supervisors directed Dave Horst, of Benesch to work with Feltz to develop specifications for seal coating township roads. The supervisors plan to open and award the bids at their August 8 meeting.

Last month, the supervisors held a joint meeting with West Penn Township to review an Act 537 plan which encompasses both townships.

During a meeting earlier this month, West Penn Township supervisors tabled sending the plan to DEP for review, citing a need for more review. During last night's meeting, Walker Township Supervisors took the same action, and tabled sending the plan to DEP.

Both townships have made revisions to the Act 537 plan and its related ordinances regarding holding tanks and on-lot sewer maintenance.

The supervisors from both townships, along with the sewer board, decided to take more time to review the details and suggested revisions. The supervisors from both boards have said they hope to finalize the plan at their August meetings; with West Penn meeting Aug. 5 and Walker meeting Aug. 8, prior to sending the plan to DEP for review and approval.

With regret, the supervisors accepted the resignation of Ralph DeAngelo, who served on the Zoning Appeals Board. DeAngelo is moving from the township.

The supervisors also recognized resident Tony Pronto, who will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.