Special meeting called on sewage issues
East Penn supervisors announced a special meeting will be held May 11, 6 p.m., to provide sewage information to residents. Especially the people in West Bowmans who will be most affected have been wanting some answers.
Under public comment Joe Ehritz asked supervisors to use a good grade of asphalt so patching holds. He said if Clair Troxell had started cleaning up his property when people first complained, it would be spotless by now.
Supervisor Herb Truhe said an executive session had been held April 7 to discuss litigation with Troxell.
Terry Terray repeated a request that supervisors place rocks to protect the veterans' monument from cars that may run out of control especially during the winter.
Mary Nace asked how much police coverage the township has. Truhe said there are 80-hours of full-time coverage and 20 part-time.
Walter Zlomsowitch said the weight limits on roads should be enforced or removed. Truckers know they are not being enforced and do not obey the limits.
William Schwab said Roadmaster Cory Smith is doing a good job coordinating work by Carbon County Technical Institute students. The formal disc golf opening will be May 15 at 10 a.m.
Schwab is serving on several intermunicipal boards and stated he hears a lot about the township that he did not hear as a supervisor. Much of it is favorable.
Papers were available for the House Watch program. Any home with a special needs person should fill one out so 911 dispatchers have the information on file. It will be kept private.
Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer announced a fishing rodeo at the playground across from the social hall. It will be May 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 14 and below. There will be prizes.
Waivers were granted for the Virginia Andreas minor subdivision. Among them are relief from two-foot contours and relief from placing concrete monuments so the iron ones with historical value can be retained.
The AROCC subdivision will be heard by the planning commission on May 17.
Fuel bids will be advertised for diesel, gasoline, heating oil and propane.
Commercial users of the river landings by rafting companies have paid the township a fee. This year they objected to a fee of $2,500, which doubled last year's fee of $1,200.
Supervisor Dean Kercsmar suggested asking for $1,800 each year on a two-year contract.
Smith made a motion that all park expenses over $500 have to be approved by the board.
Pfeiffer objected to voting on an amendment to the employee policy because what the amendment covered was not presented. Truhe said it is for a change in vacation schedules. There will be no paid vacations until a year of work has been put in from the hire date. It was approved.
A Federal Emergency Management Agency fee schedule for use of township equipment was approved. Those are the values that will be used in emergencies or when work is being done on projects for which there are grants.
The Lehigh Canal Commission has asked East Penn to grade the parking lot at the canal in Weissport. It is unpaid work with no reimbursements. Solicitor Jim Nanovic said each municipality can be asked to do work on the canal park.