Officials delay final decision on park
West Penn supervisors decided not to act on the bids for West Penn Park East at Monday night's regular meeting.
Following an executive session with township solicitor Gretchen Sterns, supervisor James Akins explained that there is still some negotiating to be done on some of the negotiable items on the bids. The supervisors will made a final decision at the special meeting that has been called for the budget on Oct. 19. The township has until the end of the month to make a decision on the bids.
In other business, township engineer Ron Madison said that there will be a meeting between township officials and DEP regarding the Act 537 plan on Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.
"We'll be going over the strategy for soil testing and well testing analysis," said Madison.
Township supervisor Alfonso Martinez expressed concerns about township residents allowing the testing to be completed.
"We really need people to cooperate with this," he said.
Madison also suggested that the township look into doing an income survey for the four villages that will be affected by the Act 537 plan.
"If the villages qualify," said Madison, "they can receive substantial funds through the community development block grants (CDBG) that will help offset the sewage costs."
Martinez announced that the township will be setting up a committee to study the township's comprehensive plan, SALDOs and zoning.
"Anyone who is interested in serving on the board to review should submit a letter to the township," he said.
Supervisors approved the disbursement of $30,629.46 in funds from the volunteer fire relief association to West Penn Fire Company 1.
The board heard from residents Robert and Ann Marie Helsley who are concerned about the Tamaqua School District's decision to move their son's bus stop along Mush Dahl Road. According to the Helsleys, there is no berm or safe area to walk along the road. They expressed particular concerns about where their son will walk in the wintertime, particularly when the snow plows come through. Police Chief Brian Johnson agreed with the Helsleys' concerns. The supervisors agreed to provide the Helsleys with a letter explaining the situation along the road.
The board granted a 90-day extension to Cynthia Hatton and Steven Hatton on their request for subdivision. They also gave final conditional approval to Burdell and Dolores Troxell and Charles and Jean Snyder's request for a boundary adjustment.
The supervisors approved reports, including the police report which included 100 traffic citations, 31 written warnings, eight non-traffic citations/criminal arrests, and nine motor vehicle accidents. The police answered 344 calls during the month of September.