Washington Township supervisors approve banner donation
Bob Stettner asked Washington Township supervisors at their April 6 meeting if they would donate to the cost of banners for Slatedale.
He left with a promise of $450.
Future Focus has donated $500 and $950 came from private donations. A grant was received for $500. The total cost of $2,400 left a shortfall of $450.
The cost is based on last year's cost, but PPL will not allow the five-foot banners on its poles - only four-foot ones - so the price may be lower.
The grant expires in June and Stettner said it must be used by that time. The artwork for the banners is finished.
Supervisor Josh Friebolin said they had pledged $800 last year (not paid or used) and felt the township should be able to make up the $450 difference as a neighborhood beautification project. It was approved.
The Star Hose Company and Friedens Fire Company provided 2009 financial statements and will receive $5,000 each. Slatington Library also provided financial records and received $2,500. The Friedens Playground Association received its budgeted amount of $500.
Dave Altrichter of American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16 said his request is a "once and done" project. The Legion is cleaning up the Civil War memorial. It has $1,000 for the refurbishment, but needs $1,600. Bushes have been cleared and a circle of veterans' graves will be cleaned.
The Sons of the Legion will paint the cannon, the Legion Riders are providing a new flagpole and the Auxiliary is planting flowers.
Friebolin said the projects will honor veterans.
Supervisor Gerald Phillips made a motion to give something. When Altrichter was asked to give a specific sum, he said that "five hundred dollars would be great but we'll be happy with whatever you can afford."
Phillips revised his motion to include an amount of $250, which was approved.
Ricky Kistler wanted to know who was responsible for the bathrooms at the Slatedale playground/fire company where there has been frequent acts of vandalism.
"Should they be locked down at night? What is the protocol?" he asked.
He mentioned the possibility of setting up a security camera and thought the police could be asked to check more often and possibly find out who is congregating in the area.
Kistler said he did not mind providing towels and tissue during games but will not leave them there.
Friebolin said the bathroom is for trail users also, and cannot be closed whenever the ball field is not being used.
After being cleaned up one night it was messy by the next day, said Kistler, and when the baseball season is over there will be fewer eyes on it.
Friebolin suggested a discussion with the supervisors, playground committee and fire company.
Kistler also said former supervisor Abe Ahner had promised reimbursement for electricity.
In other business:
• Application will be made for a Community Development Block Grant to complete work on the food bank.
• Sally Mantz was appointed assistant secretary-treasurer. She has been a clerk.
• Resident Marie Kistler said she has been not receiving copies of permits as quickly as she wants them. Permit officer Justin Yaich said as soon as they are processed in the office she will be given copies, but she will have to file a right-to-know request.
• Resident Ed Ziegler said the earned income tax committee wants to hire a collection firm, but in his opinion they are not reliable. Walnutport, Slatington and Washington did not have representatives at the last meeting.
The request for proposal from firms is not clear, said Ziegler, and he questioned why tax bills are printed in Reading instead of locally.
• A bridge in Slatedale on Main Street needs replacing. Drilling has been taking place and Ziegler asked why. It is core drilling to help in planning. However, a bridge on Grant Street has to be done first.
• Questions were asked about the Christian retreat center on the former White Christmas Tree Farm. Supervisors said only a sketch plan was presented.
The chalet is expected to become a worship center and bungalows will be built so a few people can stay over a weekend. No one is to live there.
A land development plan is needed and it has to go through zoning.