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Little League requests financial assistance from township

Published April 02. 2010 05:00PM

Ed Kupillas, director of the Little League, attended the April 1 meeting of the Towamensing supervisors. He said an over-ambitious work crew cut some trees without asking, and the stumps will be trimmed lower.

Tournament teams from District 18, 9 and 10 year olds, will be hosted by Towamensing in July. An effort is being made to make the fields look good.

They'd like a little financial help. Infield mix is needed to level the infields. Three (probably expensive) light bulbs need replacing. (Guy Seifert said he had equipment that could reach the 65-feet to replace them.) Wood has been replaced on picnic tables. Kupillas asked the township to pay for these items.

Supervisor Rodney George said the infield mix should be purchased on the township account.

Kupillas said there is old equipment at the fields that is not used. He asked what to do with it. George said he would pick it up on Friday and put it with township junk.

Little League pays for a port-a-pottie at the Towamensing school. Kupillas would like the township to take over that bill also. All expenses were approved.

"It's all for the benefit of the kids," said Supervisor Penny Kleintop. She said Kupillas should call the township when they get the infield mix so the township knows what the bill is for.

He asked if a temporary directional sign can be place at Forest Inn and Stagecoach Road to direct strangers to the fields. Kupillas is to get permission from the landowners prior to placing signs.

Three new members of the Towmensing Fire Company fire police were accepted at the meeting but still have to be sworn in. They are Ryan Snyder, Wendy Keller and Tom Woodring.

Rich Bachert asked if the fire company would have blanket coverage of workmen's compensation for emergency responders when replying to a mutual aid call. It was believed so but a check will be made with the carrier.

Roy Christman has made changes to the regional comprehensive plan according to comments from Towamensing, Lower Towamensing and Bowmanstown. Those three will be asked to approve the revised draft and then it will be presented to Palmerton.

Former county planner Duane Dellecker said it might be better to name it the Regional Plan Consultative Committee.

Grant applications have a greater possibility of approval if they come from a regional unit.

Christman said he heard the plan termed "an added layer of bureaucracy," but said it is very limited in the projects that would be considered "regional."

Carol Copeland, chair of the Historical Commission, announced the next meeting for Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m., at the municipal building. "Please come or volunteer," she said.

A complaint about speeding on Summer Mountain Road will be brought to the attention of the state police. Kleintop reminded everyone that the speed limit, unless otherwise posted, is 55 miles per hour on township roads.

Glenn Beers said there is a hole on Summer Mountain Road where a pipe goes through. It needs to be fixed. The township cleared the sides of the road along the Beers property. He had previously said any dirt removed from there should be placed higher up on the shoulder so he can make use of it.

A Blue Cross Blue Shield bill from December was just paid. A worker presented his insurance card and was turned down. When the township checked it found bills from December, January, February and March had to be paid, and were, but the April bill was not mentioned by the company. It is now paid and the insurance is in force.

Beers said the former secretary did non-township work on the township computers.

Supervisor Tom Newman said as things are discovered supervisors are providing positive solutions. "We're responding as best we can."

Resident Guy Seifert asked if the township had a legal obligation to go after these problems in a punitive fashion because they cost everyone money.

Solicitor Tom Nanovic said there is no reason to think any of the things uncovered were intentional but resulted from negligence. If the audit turns up something intentional then action will be taken.

Commercial garbage bills covering the people who were not billed since 2005 were sent out in mid March. Payment plans will be set up if needed.

Kleintop said $5,000 has been spent on the sewage problem in Beltzville Lake Estates. The township will not do anything more until residents control the stormwater which is diluting any tests making them inconclusive.

Bill Meecham said he has testing results he had done himself. Kleintop told him to give them to the Department of Environmental Protection. He said neither Rob Stermer of DEP not Sean Corey of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy returned phone calls.

Rodney George, Chris Beers and Phil Costenbader will attend a Principals of Paving course.

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