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Towamensing Twp. engineer to address drainage problems

Published August 09. 2010 05:00PM

Eight drainage issues on Towamensing Township roads will be addressed when township engineer Ron Tirpak of Carbon Engineering comes to the township and, with roadmaster Rodney George, visits the eight particular sites which have brought complaints.

The matter was on the agenda at the Aug. 5 supervisors' meeting.

Resident Joe Feraldo had several concerns. He said there was a disabled, unlicensed vehicle in Trachsville alongside Route 209. It will be brought to the zoning officer's attention.

He also asked when garbage should be placed for pickup. It was his understanding the time was 6:30 a.m. but the garbage truck has been gone before then. He also said his garbage can lids were apparently run over though they were in his driveway and not on the road.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the garbage should be out by 6 a.m. and that she did not think the crew would have damaged Feraldo's garbage can lids.

Marcellus shale

Resident Bob Kistler said that since drilling has begun in Penn Forest and Kidder townships, the Marcellus shale issue in Carbon County needs investigation since it involves a dangerous process using chemicals. He said that New York has placed a one-year moratorium on drilling and that the township should have control requirements for safety's sake.

Resident Guy Seifert said that two speculation wells were drilled in the '70s and that the method of extraction requires huge amounts of water. He added that northern counties of Pennsylvania have seen devastation to their roads.

Glenn Beers said it is a hot topic with a potential for contamination but since we are 30 years away from an alternative energy source, the gas may be needed to fill in until alternatives are found.

The township received $18,600 from the sale of the Deer Lane property and then unexpectedly received an additional $2,000 to cover the filing fees. Richard Beers, a township resident, bought the property and has begun cleaning it up.

Properties in the Ag Security area are being listed to allow the township to make its seven-year report to the county. Roy Christman was given credit for doing a lot of the homework. Annual meetings will be held in the future.

The Service Team quoted a price of $695 to repair vandalism at the recreation field concession stand. A fire was started against the front of the building but instead of burning through the wall, it melted the soffit and apparently the people causing the damage got a hose and put the fire out.

The dawn to dusk lights were broken and need replacement also. Police are now patrolling the fields. Since the insurance has a $500 deductible, it was decided to buy the soffit and lights and have local people install them.

Supervisor Tom Newman said a five-year hazard mitigation plan is required. An example of a hazard needing mitigation could be a home in a flood plain that may be purchased by a federal grant and removed.

He also said a plan is needed so the office will know where road crew members are working. If there is a call for assistance Secretary Lora Nothstein will know if someone is in the area and can help. A list of road issues is required. Presently there is only a partial list and no one knows the status of the things listed.

Beers asked about the radio status in the township. Newman said there are four frequencies but employees usually use cell phones. Two ham radio operators will help in an emergency.

"We talked about the siren (at the firehouse)," said Beers. Anthony said the fire company does not want to repair it, leading Beers to say the fire company was at one time the hub of the community. Others agreed with him.

Also in the meeting:

•A sewage fee resolution was passed, increasing fees to cover costs since there will no longer be state reimbursement for one-half the cost;

•A resolution opposing forced mergers and consolidation of townships is being sent to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. PSATS provided a sample resolution. The state wants to make the smallest unit of government at the county level. It would require a change in the state constitution;

Beers said it may have its good points but he does not think bigger is necessarily cheaper.

•Ed Kupillas, Patricia Denicola and Dwight "Skip" Hunsicker were named to the recreation board;

•Newman has been named emergency management coordinator with Gary Anthony as deputy;

•Paul Hoppel and Elise Binder were named to the historical commission;

•Kleintop said the township has been losing road signs. They are being replaced as rapidly as possible;

•The township audit has been completed and everything seems to be in order, said Kleintop. It is available at the township building for people to see or get copies.

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