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Work done for Bowmanstown by IU students stops for summer

Published May 26. 2010 05:00PM

Students from the Intermediate Unit have been painting a fence in Bowmanstown. On May 25 Bowmanstown Council decided the work could wait until school resumes in the fall rather than have the borough work crew complete it.

The same situation will be reached in fire hydrant painting which they will work on the next two weeks but will not have time to complete everything. They work only two days per week.

Council President William Ravert asked if the duties of the health officer should be expanded. There was a problem at one house but when councilmen visited they were not allowed in.

"If we don't have a qualified inspector, I might not sign a citation. It's the landlord's responsibility," said Mayor Keith Billig.

Council member Pam Leiby said it is hard to evict people especially when they have kids. She said no action should be taken until Solicitor Jim Preston is at the next meeting.

The fire pumper has been paid off, said councilman Norman Engle.

As law committee chair, Leiby said they are continuing to review the possibility of inspecting sewer plumbing when properties are sold.

The committee decided a solicitation and peddling license based on Lehighton's would be suitable for Bowmanstown, though Leiby suggested a yearly permit fee of $25 instead of Lehighton's higher fee. People will be given a card to carry to introduce themselves when they knock on doors.

A motion was made to adopt the ordinance dependent on a review by the solicitor.

The snow emergency ordinance has been submitted to the solicitor. Leiby wanted a motion to advertise it when it is approved by Preston.

Property chairman Troy Muffley said Davey Jones will begin work June 2 on the sidewalks near the municipal building that need replacement or repair.

The borough received $284 from ordinance violations and $1,851 from the tax claim bureau.

Chad Everett will check with East Penn Township about a start date for sewage flow to the Bowmanstown treatment plant. Electrical work at the pumping station is 50-percent complete and Mazzuca, the company installing the sewer lines in East Penn, still has to install the pumps.

The Department of Environmental Protection inspected the wastewater treatment plant and was pleased with its performance.

The Horsehead Community Development Fund gave the recreation commission a $2,000 grant.

Todd Solt met with Walsh Construction, the turnpike contractor, and equipment will be brought over to remove or crush some rock and stumps. There was discussion about how to haul the split rocks.

Ernie Guldner said the bed of the municipal truck needs a steel plate welded on regardless of whether it is used to haul the stone. A motion was made to reenforce the bed.

If the stone is to be dumped at the Bowmanstown-owned site being used by Walsh, the borough wants the permission in writing.

Engle said recreation volunteers have agreed to do the hauling.

Billig said civil action will be brought against the resident at 650 Ore Street for work done by the borough on private property. He refuses to pay the costs.

Procedures have been started against Jeff Strohl for the condition of his yard and a camper illegally parked. The camper is at the warning stage which will give him 10 days to move it.

For the trash in the yard, each day is considered a separate violation and track is being kept in the office.

A developer wants direct access to Route 248. After talking to PennDOT council was told there was a slight possibility it could be done.

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