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Workshop set for proposed burn ordinance

Published June 05. 2010 09:00AM

Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild told Towamensing Township supervisors on June 3 that he did not see the need for a burning ordinance because those ordinances the township does have are not enforced.

Resident Guy Seifert said a lot of people want to contribute to a burn ordinance discussion.

Supervisor Tom Newman said an ordinance will not stop normal burning such as leaves or brush. It will prevent someone from placing a burn barrel on the boundary.

"We are looking for more civility," he said.

Newman said after he sent out some information, it started people talking. They may come up with ideas for the workshop. A copy will be crafted and given to Solicitor Tom Nanovic to check, said Newman.

The workshop is set for June 24, 7 p.m.

Glenn Beers said care has to be used in the drafting so they accomplish what is desired. He said if burning is restricted to days and it is rainy on the township's designated day, he will burn on the next suitable day.

"We still live in a rural community," he said.

For people who are considerate there is no problem with the ordinances, said Supervisor Penny Kleintop.

Suzy Seifert said if you can't burn leaves and brush it will be dumped on the roadside, and someone commented that there are truckloads along Spruce Road.

If someone burns plastic, shingles, mattresses or furniture, it becomes a matter for the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP will be contacted about a person who burns some of the above in a pit.

Resident Suzy Seifert asked about a possible ATV-unlicensed vehicle ordinance. They have both and they are used on the farm. Connie Bieling, planning member, said agricultural uses will always be permitted.

It's all common sense, said Newman.

It as noted that Jim Thorpe Bank charged $120 for copies of the statements from 2009. The auditor, Frey and Co., requires them. The bank called and said the amount would be refunded.

Knirnschild said he was driving on Forest Street and few houses had good numbers. He reminded people the fire company sells reflective signs for $15.

Resident David Zacharias asked how dumpster pickup is priced. He said the prices don't seem fair and even the back charges are different for companies with the same size of dumpsters and pickups.

Kleintop said they are working with primitive records which is all that is available for back charges. Business accounts are now in Quick Books and can be accessed easily if people have questions. Residential accounts are being put in Quick Books.

Daniel Zacharias bought a neighboring property and is now getting two garbage bills, though the extra house is not livable. He said he may dispose of it and replace it with a new mobile home in the future.

Nanovic said the township strictly sends bills to every homeowner. Kleintop said she would go see the condition of the home that is there.

Roy Christman said each of the four municipalities in the regional comprehensive plan have appointed two people to discuss the implementation agreement. As it is, Palmerton is unhappy with it. If nothing satisfactory to all four is worked out, Towamensing and Lower Towamensing could form a regional plan on its own. The Department of Community and Economic Development said being in a plan puts grant applications above those not sent from a municipality in a plan.

Terri Meecham asked if anything was done about the septics in Beltzville Lake Estates. Kleintop said Ron Borger was out to study the surface water and came up with a plan. The township is waiting to receive it. It is a plan that would be easy for other neighbors to join.

"I feel maybe this problem would go away if the surface water problem was solved," said Kleintop.

The Deer Lane property is now to be sold June 11, 11 a.m. at the courthouse.

In other business:

• The township netted $12,537 from the unneeded-equipment sale.

• An Ag Security Board meeting is set for June 10, 7 p.m.

• Bids were opened for the 2010 road project which is Lovitt Road. The low bid is $99,328 by Lehigh Asphalt. Bids were tabled in the absence of the roadmaster. It will be awarded at 9 a.m. Tuesday if everything checks out.

• Frey and Co. suggested the real estate taxes be audited every two years. They never have been.

• A gracious thank you was received from Zinc City Motorcycle Club. Their garbage bill has been waived because their money all goes to charitable projects.

• Joe Faraldo requested appointment to the zoning hearing board. He will be interviewed.

• A recreation board meeting is scheduled for July 15, 7 p.m.

• The historical commission will be meeting at 480 Beers Lane on June 9, 7 p.m.

• Miller Blood Bank will be at the Polk Township Fire Company June 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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