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Fire company getting specialized vests

Published November 25. 2009 05:00PM

The Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company received some township support, and the Pleasant Valley Estates Civic Association gave thanks for previous township support at this week's meeting of the supervisors.

The support for the Polk Township volunteer firefighters was in the form of the supervisors agreeing to pay for the specialized vests the volunteers must have according to National Fire Protection Agency standards. Specifications include that the vests be a certain color and that they be of tear-away construction, explained Chief Terry Jacobi.

The bill for that support is about $1,700.

Vice Chairman Glenn S. Green and Secretary/Treasurer Nancy C. May agreed to also approve $500 towards the cost of the badges for the volunteers. Chairman H. Lee Everett was absent. The company must pay the rest of the badge cost.

Thank you for support over the past half dozen years came to the township from The Pleasant Valley Estates Civic Association for "time and generosity" in helping the Association get the development's lake repaired.

Association president Thomas C. Milewski brought those thanks, including the township's help in receiving a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, which was spent on the repair of the lake and the construction of a new spillway.

"Now our lake is back after six years of empty," stated the letter.

With a remaining debt of $250,000 in light of the cost of $400,000, development residents have agreed to pay extra each year to pay down the debt. That should be completed in less than 10 years, Mileswski hopes.

The two supervisors approved time extensions of 100 days for two developments and agreed to sign the plans of a minor subdivision plan of Steward M. and Kathleen L. Herfurth that has only a tiny piece, a "wedge" of land, in Polk Township. The major portion lies in Chestnuthill. It is situated on Old Stage Coach and Doney roads.

The supervisor twosome approved Beverly Christman as an alternate to the Earned Income Tax taskforce alternate position. She has accompanied Supervisor May to the last two such entity meetings

Updating township zoning legislation is ongoing. An amendment to the zoning regulations concerning single family dwellings will be advertised and will be the subject of a public hearing set for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28.

A "No Parking on Township Roads," ordinance is also being established and approval was given for the Northeast Pennsylvanian Alliance (NEPA) to apply for a grant that would change the lighting of the traffic lights to LED lights.

Reports from various township departments were received, including the volunteer fire company, the zoning officer, the solid waste transfer station and the road master.

The fire company had 11 calls since the last report and is at 198/year-to-date

The zoning officer has issued 23 permits this month; 303 year-to-date; and has done 26 inspections, with 236 year-to-date; and has received 3 formal complaints and one verbal, making 28 for the year so far.

The road crew is getting equipment ready and the solid waster transfer station has "Saturday getting pretty hectic, but we are getting it done."

Announced was the holiday tree lighting set for 7 p.m., Sunday, at the

Veteran's Memorial, with Santa Claus expected to arrive, and gift suggestions available through the township, including a township throw and a book "150 Years of History" by Gary Bruch.

Residents interested in seeing the items can come to the township office during regular business hours.

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