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Familiar face added as newest supervisor

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Todd Solt has been appointed as the newest member to the Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Todd Solt has been appointed as the newest member to the Lower Towamensing Township board of supervisors.
Published June 09. 2010 05:00PM

A familiar face has been chosen as the newest supervisor in Lower Towamensing Township.

Supervisors on a 2-0 vote Tuesday agreed to appoint Todd Solt to the vacant supervisor seat.

Solt, a member of the township's Recreation Committee, was among five candidates who applied for the seat.

Other candidates who applied were George Boyce, Jay Mullikin III, David Bollinger and Michael Davis.

After supervisors made their selection, supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert thanked those who applied.

"I'd like to thank everybody for their interest," Walbert said. "We're very pleased to have that many people show their interest."

Solt, a resident of the township for 31 years who is self-employed in the construction business, said he believes his 26 years of work experience, along with his affiliation with the recreation committee, will serve him well in his new capacity.

"I think it's a great township, and I think these guys understand big development can cause big problems," Solt said. "I'd like to keep that comfort feel; I'm proud to live in Lower Towamensing Township."

Solt takes over for former veteran Supervisor Glen Hahn, who served over 10 years on the board until he resigned last month.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors on a 2-0 vote agreed to make several equipment purchases for the township road crew.

Supervisors agreed to purchase a radiator and aftercooler for a township road crew truck from National Radiator at a cost of $1,886, a water storage tank for $550, and a 20-gallon parts washer for $100.

However, supervisors chose not to buy a mig welder at a cost of $1,200 after supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said he didn't believe the current economic climate lent itself to the purchase of the meat welder.

"My opinion is it isn't a pressing thing right now, but, we could put it in for next year's budget," Walbert said. "I think it would be nice to have, but I think we don't need it right now."

In other business, supervisors:

- Agreed to purchase pants for township employees. As part of their motion, supervisors agreed to allow township employees to purchase two pair of pants each, at a cost not to exceed $25 a pair.

- Reviewed a subdivision plan for Jim Hill. Supervisors recommended the plan be reviewed by the township's Planning Commission.

- Granted the Aquashicola Fire Company permission to attend three parades: Walnutport on June 26, Summit Hill on July 24, and Palmerton's Veterans Day parade.

- Agreed to renew a contract with Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design & Service, formerly of S&O Computer, which developed the township's web site.

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