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Pump costs responsibility of East Penn Twp. residents

Published July 09. 2010 05:00PM

Jeff Weiner and Harris Frey of the West Bowmans's sewered area attended the Tuesday meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors. They were waiting to hear if the cost of pumps, estimated at $8,000, required in their lines, would be their responsibility or if it could be rolled into the overall project.

Although discussed in June with information to be sought, it was not on the agenda. Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer asked about the omission.

Two letters had been received. Sewage engineer Jim Birdsall said he had never seen it done before that the pumps were rolled into the project, but Pfeiffer said it has been done often. Solicitor Jim Nanovic said the way the ordinance is written the board can do what it wants.

Pfeiffer returned to the motion he made in June that the pumps be rolled into the whole. He had withdrawn the motion when supervisors wanted time to gather information. Now he repeated the motion, which died for lack of a second. His motion had been only to cover those pumps that the engineers said were necessary.

Bids were opened on June 29. They were for 5,000 gallons of propane, 4,000 gallons of heating oil, 7,000 gallons of gasoline, 8,500 gallons of diesel fuel - all bids going to Fegley Oil Company.

An additional bid for seal coat went to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions contingent on receipt of a performance bond. Some of the roads to be repaired are Lochner, Smith Lane, Troxell, Blue Mountain and High Point.

Under public comment Joe Ehritz said a good job was being done patching the roads.

William Schwab said Judy Engle has been planting flowers at the veterans' monument. A sign for Marvin Gardens Park will be built at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute but needs formal board approval.

He said a grant for the Delaware and Lehigh Trail has been tentatively approved but a title search is needed. Solicitor Jim Nanovic was given permission to do the search.

Estimates are being sought for the portion of the trail from Launch Road to under Route 895.

Schwab presented a long-range plan for Riverview Park that includes tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields and possibly a fishing area.

The Agricultural Security Area was enlarged when 26.0028 acres were accepted.

The AROCC horse training facility plan was returned to the planning commission even though the lot line adjustment had been recommended for approval at the last meeting.

Since neighbors Ziegler and Zlomsowitch have development plans the tax board will need exact acreages as to what is covered in each parcel.

AROCC attorney Gretchen Stearns said she is confused about going back to the planning commission. It had said the plan was sufficient.

"We have already met the requirements. We don't have two more months to lose," she said.

Planning Commission member Deanna Cunfer said the commission meets July 19 and will give them comments before the July 20 county commission meeting.

Rodger Diehl said grading at the Walter Snyder property left an eight-inch step at places. Roadmaster Cory Smith said he would meet Diehl at the site at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Portland Contractors and the township signed a contract to operate the pump station as of July 6 when the first connections began flowing.

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