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Garbage bills that were not sent on time were shock to one organization

Published May 10. 2010 05:00PM

Phyllis Kresge, treasurer of Zinc City Motorcyle Club, attended the May 6 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors. She had not received a garbage bill for the past five years - one of many that were not sent past that date. It took a month and a half for her to receive it after it was mailed because the address was incorrect.

She said she could hand over the entire club treasury and it would not pay the bill. When none was received she had been told it was now being covered by taxes, but with a shock she found that was not true.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said she is aware the club does a lot of charity work, and said the township would adjust the bill. Kresge was asked for her address and phone number and will be contacted.

Bill Meecham asked about the septic problem in Beltzville Lake Estates. Until surface water is redirected the township cannot do anything else to correct the problem. Kleintop said when she heard Ron Borger was going out with Meecham to look at it, she thought it would be resolved, but the people involved do not work together.

Kleintop said she would contact Rob Stermer of the Department of Environmental Protection Friday morning.

Johanna Seo thanked supervisor Tom Newman for helping her with a permit problem. She said the township needs a standard method of measuring the size of a building because the Uniform Construction Code has different regulations for 1,000 feet or less. The measurement is of the footprint of a building and not by measuring every floor, she said.

Seo has research on the matter, and presented it to the supervisors to pass on to zoning officer Christine Meinhart.

Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild reported a firefighter, Terry Jacoby, injured a week ago, is home and walking with a walker. He was trapped between two fire trucks - one from Polk and one from Franklin.

There is statewide coverage for workman's compensation during mutual aid emergency services such as this was.

Towamensing was one of nine fire companies in the country chosen for a pilot program to aid woodland developments. Representatives from the company will be visiting developments to talk about how to prevent a house from burning and when to evacuate, among other things.

A resolution was passed naming Tom Newman as first voting delegate to the local income tax committee, with Kleintop second and Rodney George third.

Three resolutions are being reviewed as the start of creating an unregistered and unlicensed motor vehicle ordinance.

The Deer Lane sheriff's sale has been changed to June 18, 11 a.m.

A Towamensing and Lower Towamensing unneeded equipment auction will be held at Towamensing on May 18, 5 p.m.

The implementation agreement for the regional comprehensive plan was approved with Connie Bieling and Christine Meinhart appointed to a board.

Bids were opened for road materials and diesel. The emulsion bid was awarded to AMS for $32,700 ($2.18/gal.). Lehigh Asphalt will provide the wearing course material at $44.90 per unit or $53,880, and RF Ohl will provide diesel fuel at $2.906 for a total of $53,308.

Bids for a Lovatt Road project will be advertised.

Welcome packets are being prepared. They will provide township and county board of elections phone numbers, maps and information about organizations in the township.

A newsletter will be mailed with the tax forms. Secretary Lora Nothstein called the tax bureau to ask if that was legal and was told it could be done.

Carol Copeland said the historical commission's May 12 meeting will be held at the municipal building. It will host JC Woodworking talking about farmhouse and barn restoration. The June meeting will be off site to visit a barn and offer information about how that barn can be preserved.

The zoning hearing board members were scheduled for length of time they will serve, though they can be reappointed: Don Bonett, three years; George Karas, two years; Curt Beers, one year and Larry Hahn who is an alternate, three years. It is so only one will change in any given year. Letters of interest are being accepted for the second alternate position.

Glenn Beers asked about a payment to the IRS. It is for a payroll amount for money not forwarded when due. The township books will be audited on May 24, said Newman. Beers is concerned that the township has lost money through negligence, but nothing can be done unless an audit turns up a problem. Solicitor Tom Nanovic said a list should be kept of the discrepancies until it is determined if they were through negligence.

An addition is being added by Gus Cerino without a permit, said Beers. He also questioned if there was a kennel license since it had been taken away.

The fire police were approved to work at the Palmerton 5k race-walk on May 8 and Black Bear Triathlon on May 22-23.

Zoning hours for May are Mondays 10, 17, and 24, 5-7 p.m. or by appointment.

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