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Township preparing scrapbook containing old papers, records

Published October 09. 2010 09:00AM

The brochures are out for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' convention. The cost will be $265 including air fair to Puerto Rico.

There is only one problem the brochure is among the interesting papers found as Towamensing Township prepares to destroy some of its older records. This particular brochure is from the 1960s.

Papers such as this and others of historical interest will be included in a scrapbook. Carol Copeland of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission is going to sort through the boxes of material that have been brought out of storage.

Materials found date back to 1910 the founding of a local government and the township. "Precious historical things will be kept," said Supervisor Penny Kleintop.

At its Oct. 7 meeting supervisors passed a resolution to follow state guidelines for disposing of papers, some of which have to be kept permanently. Another resolution will have to be passed for each type of record to be destroyed.

Under public comment Fire Chief Wayne Knirns child asked why the township wanted to spend taxpayer money for a siren. Fire personnel all have communication devices.

Emergency management coordinator Tom Newman said there is no method of alerting all residents in the event of a serious emergency such as one or both of the dams breaking. A siren blowing for an extended length of time will bring people indoors where they can turn on the television or radio or have a phone number to call.

Newman said grants will be available for a method of communication with all residents.

In other business: Resident George White appreciated that Deer Lane was oil and chipped and asked if the resulting drop off to the shoulder will be fixed. Roadmaster Rodney George said it will be shortly.

Copeland said a blacksmith, who also works at the No. 9 mine, will be the speaker for the Nov. 9 historical commission meeting at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

Both the commission and the Citizen Emergency Response Training program will be represented at the Oct. 16 craft fair at Towamensing Elementary School. The commission has a new banner with the words Towamensing Township Historical Commission around a horse and buggy picture.

Glenn Beers asked if supervisors learned if PPL is exempt from all permits or just the zoning and subdivision. Zoning officer Christine Meinhart said the driveway ordinance is a stand-alone not part of either.

Beers asked if they can do anything they wish to do regardless of safety issues. A second issue was that water from the rear of the township salt shed was still running onto his property. George said he had told Chris Beers to dig the pit out but C. Beers told Glenn Beers he had not heard anything about it.

Mary Ann Lewellyn asked about the status of the Woods Campground. It had been on the agenda at its request but since no one came to represent it, the matter was tabled.

Roy Christman reported that Lower Towamensing approved the implementation agreement for the regional comprehensive plan. It will have to be approved by passing an ordinance. For Towamensing, Solicitor Tom Nanovic will draw up the ordinance. After it is approved Christman said grant money may be available to redo the zoning and subdivision ordinances.

Gary Bruch received a plaque from the supervisors and a certificate from the planning commission for his 10 years of service on the planning commission.

David Beers was appointed to fill Bruch's position on the planning commission. He was reminded that meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Resident Guy Seifert said the township might like to look at Lehigh Township's slope ordinance before working on a driveway ordinance because the two are connected.

A budget meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m.

Trick or treat will be held Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

Jan-Pro Commercial Cleaners was hired to clean the office, meeting room, zoning office, hallway, entrance and restrooms on a weekly basis at $109 per month.

The assistance of Towamensing fire police at the Palmerton Halloween parade Oct. 17 was approved.

George expects to complete work on the roads within a non-rainy week. These were the roads reported on last month after they were gone over with the engineer, Ron Tirpak.

Knirnschild said the fire company removed three trees that fell over the roads in the bad weather. He asked if the road crew was out, but George said neither he nor Chris Beers received any calls. Kleintop said the supervisors can also be called.

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