Washington holds public hearing for new subdivision ordinance
Solicitor John Ashley said the new subdivision and land developmentordinance addressesconcerns that have come up at land use discussions. The hearing was held Sept. 7 before the supervisors' meeting.
There are revised definitions, subdivision standards, improvement standards, and mobile home park development standards. It has been available in the township building for review by residents.
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission said the draft is in compliance with the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan and township ordinances.
Resident Mildred Kistler asked if a site plan was required. She said when she came to zoning meetings everyone had a site plan.
Ashley said provisions have been made for people to bring in a sketch plan to begin discussion. It spells out the requirements for each type of development.
The public hearing was closed. During the regular supervisors' meeting the SALDO was passed unanimously.
The tax bill printing was awarded to Berks County Intermediate Unit. Resident Ed Ziegler had checked with the Chamber of Commerce which said the Carbon-Lehigh IU could do the printing, but Secretary JoAnn Ahner said they were not willing to do it because of the investment in software required. There is a lot of information on the bills.
Randi Bult of Dirt Works requested payment because the section of the Slate Heritage Trail he was to finish has been completed. The amount was $37,030.
The remaining section from Emerald to Slatedale will be done by the township with grant money.
A bid for fuels was given to Horwith Fuel at a cost of $2.46 per gallon for gas and $2.35 for diesel. The aggregate (road materials) bid went to Eastern Industries for $33,560
Ziegler said there was dirt on the road at Hanna's junk yard. Engineer Roy Stewart said Hanna has submitted a plan to the Conservation District to correct the drainage that is washing the dirt.
Resident Dave Meixsell said cars are being stacked three high because Hanna is out of room. Supervisors said zoning officer Justin Yaich will be sent out because uncrushed cars were not stacked previously and may not be grandfathered.
He should be cited if it was not done before, said Supervisor Josh Friebolin.
Meixsell said Yaich says "Yah, yah, yah," and doesn't do anything.
According to Meixsell Hanna shouldn't have been able to put up a $1 million building.
Stewart said the building had been approved.
"Tell them to move the dirt. They push it off the road and it washes back down," said Meixsell. It was pointed out that it is a state road and PennDOT has to handle that.
Mildred Kistler asked what it took to get a junkyard license.
Friebolin said the junkyard ordinance was passed three years ago and the junkyards have been in the township for 50 years.
Commonwealth Court said they do not have to meet the new ordinance, just what was being done before the ordinance was passed.
Ziegler asked what the township thought about shutting down recycling.
Friebolin said supervisors are looking at it.
Ziegler said municipalities paid $50 million into the state recycling fund. He said during World War II there was a pile of cans as big as the township building and brass and foil were recycled for the war effort.
He said he went to Lafarge in Whitehall which burns tires. A 50-50 combination of tires and coal provides less pollution. Now Lafarge wants to add plastic into its fuel mix and people are objecting.
Ziegler said BFI and Air Products wanted to set up an incinerator but they have to be run 24 hours a day. Because there was not enough material locally, the plan was to bring some in from New Jersey.
"People objected. We could have created electricity. I'm going down to the solid waste meeting," he said.