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East Penn hears complaints about plumber on township list

Published October 05. 2010 05:00PM

Under public comment on Oct. 4 East Penn Township supervisors heard that one of the plumbers on the township list is not connecting laterals properly.

Terry Terray said the plumber, Walter Kuronyi of Mertztown, won't even talk to her. He says he wants to talk to the boss even though she lives alone and has been there for 33 years.

He knocked a wall down in her yard though he has started to fix it. She said it looks like a bomb hit her yard.

She has gone to District Judge Bruce Appleton and did as he suggested.

A certified letter was accepted by the plumber.

"I hear he threw a shovel at Bob Parsons and if you plow the neighbor's drive you'd knock pipes out," said Terray.

She wondered how he made it on the township list of approved plumbers.

Secretary Deanna Cunfer said getting on the list included having proof of insurance and that work had been done on other sewer systems.

Terray said she has to flush the toilet two or three times and occasionally pour a bucket of water in it to flush properly.

When the ground was dry there was a wet spot above where the old septic tank was. Stones were taken from one yard to use as fill in another.

Cunfer said the township needed something in writing from residents so it can say he will be removed from the list.

"I had to cut brush so he could fix the wall and then he told me to take the roots out," said Terray.

Supervisor Jacob Nothstein asked if she had contacted her insurance company. It should look into it and pay a claim, which it would then collect from Kuronyi.

Terray said she did not see an inspector but had a note that he had been there. He is supposed to inspect the inside and be sure everything is connected, said Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said Terray should contact the township sewage enforcement officer.

In other business: Daniel K. Magarelli was hired as a police officer. Pfeiffer asked why he had not seen the applications and why Diane Fisher was not hired because she had the necessary experience.

The September liquor liability exposure coverage was rescinded and replaced with a policy from Star Indemnity at a cost of $1,200.

A sewer easement with Bowmanstown was approved.

Budget meeting dates were set for five Thursdays beginning Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the municipal building. The end of year meeting will be advertised for Dec. 27, 5 p.m.

The budget meetings will include anything that comes before the board.

Quotes will be requested for a tax anticipation loan to cover invoices until 2011 tax money comes in.

Since the township is unable financially to repair Germans Road, the escrow account set up by Duane Schleicher was released.

The township will advertise for a cleaning person and assistant secretary-treasurer.

After the meeting, Pfeiffer, who voted no, said he was not sure if the advertisement was for one person to do the three jobs or for two people.

The burning ban was removed on Oct. 1

The Oct. 18 planning commission meeting is canceled because there are no plans to discuss.

Trick or Treat was set for Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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