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Volunteer offers to update East Penn's website

Published June 08. 2010 05:00PM

Hope Gramlich told East Penn supervisors that the township website was totally useless.

"Get your laws out there. I'll do it, make them into PDFs and put them on. You should have county links," she said.

Secretary Deanna Cunfer said upgrading was not in the budget. The township knows their site is not user friendly.

Gramlich's offer to do the upgrade was accepted.

Jeff Weiner and his neighbor Harris Frey were concerned that they were going to have to pay the possibly $8,000 to add a pump to their connections to the sewage lines. He said no one had come into their basements to check where the connection should go.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic asked if Weiner had called Engineer Jim Birdsall of Hanover Engineering which is handling the sewage project.

He said he did and that he thought he and Frey were not being treated fairly.

Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer added some comments to the discussion. "I wouldn't say anybody was treated unfairly. The pumps were paid with grant money and doesn't affect you. In other municipalities if pumps were needed they were rolled into the cost of the system."

Pfeiffer made a motion to roll the cost of pumps into the user fee. He said when the system is paid off fees should go lower.

Supervisor Herb Truhe said the sewer design did not call for pumps in the Weiner and Frey homes.

The hook-up ordinance is already in effect and will need an amendment to add the additional two pumps. Truhe wanted to ask the other residents what they thought of helping pay for the pumps, but Pfeiffer said it should not be up to them but what is being done in other municipalities.

Nanovic said the board should not take action and he will talk to Birdsall. Pfeiffer withdrew his motion.

The user fee is set by resolution at $215 per quarter. If an additional pump is added it will add approximately 30 cents.

Don Steigerwalt asked if the quarterly user fee has to be paid if a house in unoccupied.

Nanovic said it would have to. Pfeiffer added that the quarterly fees pay maintenance costs.

In public comment: Resident Walter Zlomsowitch said the township won another round against Lehigh Asphalt when Commonwealth Court upheld its zoning law. He congratulated Nanovic for doing a good job.

Joe Ehritz asked what roads were being patched and thought the quickest way to patch them would be with the township paver. He asked if tax collector Centax is turning over the tax money regularly, and suggested getting a quieter ice machine that would use less electricity. The machine in the social hall competes with people talking when it is running.

In other business: A lot-line change on the AROCC plan will be discussed at the planning commission meeting.

A change order for electrical work on the muffin monster (a pump going under the Lehigh River) will cost an additional $2,730.

A warranty for the pump station generator will cost $400 each quarter. Supervisor Jake Nothstein said he did not think it was necessary.

"A local contractor will be cheaper," said Pfeiffer.

Al Beischline resigned from the recreation board and from his position as a policeman. He will be sent a letter of thanks for his service.

A letter of thanks will go to Lehighton's National Honor Society which cleaned up along Riverview Drive.

A new printer is being leased at $143 per month for 60 months from Advanced Business Equipment. It will include maintenance at no additional cost. Cunfer said the network wiring will have to be replaced before the new one is hooked up.

The fire police will help with traffic control in Lehighton for the July 4 celebration and parade.

Road project bids will be advertised.

Pfeiffer asked why a fifth road crew member had been hired without coming before the board. Supervisor Cory Smith said it was pre-approved when "as needed" workers were discussed at reorganization in January.

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