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More complaints about Troxell property

Published November 03. 2009 05:00PM

A letter to the editor appearing in the TIMES NEWS and written by Michael Bench was read in part by Donna Lee Sheckler at the Monday meeting of the East Penn supervisors. Among other things it detailed the loss of several loads from Troxell trucks along Route 895.

Supervisor Gary Kuehner said it is up to the police to patrol Route 895.

"What more do you want us to do? We've been working on this for years," he said.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said there is one case in Commonwealth Court and four more in the Court of Common Pleas.

"We don't know what else to do," said Kuehner.

Resident Don Steigerwalt said it first came up in 1999 or 2000 but the supervisors did not follow through.

Nanovic said Clair Troxell filed a petition to stop the township from continuing but he failed. Troxell said he would take the latest county decision to Commonwealth Court but Nanovic had not heard anything to that effect as of the meeting.

Steigerwalt said if he got rid of the junk he'd have room for the trucks.

Resident Harvey Keiper said Troxell has to pay his fines.

Nanovic said if the township knew of anything owned by Troxell that had a clear title it could go after it.

Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer said supervisors attempt to do things, but the wheels of justice move slowly.

Jai Mertz said he had 17 people look at his house for possible purchase and all turned it down because of the nearness of Troxell.

Nanovic said Troxell has no liquid assets.

Resident Walter Zlomsowitch said he was sorry he missed the budget meeting. He heard there was talk of giving up employees to save on insurance, and at the same time supervisors are spending money improving the social hall which has always been a budgetary drain.

Resident Joe Ehritz said roads are the most important job for supervisors in a second-class township. He suggested several municipalities might get together and piggy-back with the county for insurance, providing a larger base.

Ehritz said the ice machine is inefficient and a new one would be quieter. He said when the old one runs no one can hear at a meeting.

The Charles Steigerwalt, Michael Steigerwalt, Roger Balliet minor subdivision lot line adjustment was approved with two waivers - contour lines can be at 10 feet and two concrete monuments need not be placed.

A horse breeding and training facility will be reviewed by the planning commission on Nov. 16.

Discussion of the use of money from the Department of Community and Economic Development was tabled until the Dec. 12 budget meeting.

Nancy Carlson, cited under the nuisance ordinance for an open foundation along Thomas Jefferson Road, has 60 days to fill it in.

A motion was approved to purchase a truck with the first payment due in May 2010.

Road projects were tabled because they are dependent on the budget, as were improvements to the social hall.

Letters of interest for all positions are being accepted at the township office prior to the reorganization meeting in January.

The office will observe holiday hours with closure on Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m. and on Dec. 24 and 31 at noon. The year-end meeting will be Dec. 30, 7 p.m. at the social hall.

Supervisor Cory Smith asked if the road crews could go back to 10-hour days four days a week. They can, but have to be aware of possible snow so they do not end up needing overtime.

A letter of thanks will be sent to the Carbon County prison for work done by inmates.

The East Penn Youth Baseball Association requested use of fencing that had been used at the municipal building for use at its fields. It was voted to donate it.

Because of the $36,000 PennVest loan a professional accountant must do an audit. Supervisors were interested in having the elected auditors do the 2009 audit.

Pfeiffer thought since the professional had to paid, there should only be one audit, but the professional audit can be put off until 2010 and not have to be done during their busy season.

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