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Possibility of soccer field on municipal land discussed

Published August 08. 2011 05:02PM

The fields are rough but they can be fixed said Supervisor Penny Kleintop at the Aug. 4 Towamensing supervisors' meeting. The fields being discussed are the land purchased for a new municipal building. soccer fields, at least on a temporary basis, will be built.

Supervisor Rodney George said he could plow and plant grass on the property to smooth it out for the spring soccer season.

Supervisors were asked if they were going to put in the driveway if the fields were to be used. Kleintop said there is an easement from Jim Everett to enter the area alongside the tent on his property. He will be asked if that can be used and about parking which may spill over to Country Junction property.

Bradley Rex of the Palmerton-Towamensing Little League Association. brought a long list of repairs he would like the township to help with at the ball fields. He began by thanking them for continued field use and said there are 400 kids in the program.

The Babe Ruth field has room for a T-ball field but requires extension of a fence. The Little League fence is low and balls go over into the bleachers or near the concession stand - it has to be heightened.

He said there have been more teams from outside the area coming to play - Franklin this year and an expanded area next year. That means parking has become more of an issue.

The concession stand needs painting and a lot of equipment is stored in the announcing booth. People have gone through it though nothing has been found missing. "Can we get a more protected area that can be closed off?" Rex asked.

The Palmerton-Towamensing Association is non-profit. It puts as much into the fields as it can, and has parents who are willing to volunteer.

"If the township supplies materials, we have volunteers," he said.

Kleintop said a meeting should be set up so the supervisors can meet with them on site.

Supervisor Tom Newman said they should provide a list of what they are requesting so supervisors know what is being discussed.

Kleintop said the township is proceeding with a new softball field and has a plan from Engineer Ron Tirpak that includes additional parking.

Judy Borger of Carbon County planning and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have each received a copy of the plan.

The liquid fuels audits for 2008-2009 were found to have discrepancies such as missing receipts and other paperwork. $6,982 was paid back to the state highway aid fund.

A surprise audit by the PennDOT highway aid administrator turned up 2010 records that were in order. This was during the time when Secretary Lora Nothstein and assistant secretary Carol Coleman were in charge.

The two will receive training at no cost to the township.

Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild asked if the township would provide the labor and equipment to tar and chip the firehouse area. The fire company would pay for materials. The township agreed.

Josephine Cacace thanked supervisors for having the engineer come to her Margaret Street property and help decide how a drainage problem along the street can be fixed. She has attended the past two meetings but said it had been brought to township attention previously. She was promised the road would be repaired by Labor Day.

The first meeting with Hanover Engineering to discuss changes in the subdivision and land development and zoning ordinances will be held Sept. 26 at Towamensing, 6 p.m.. Meetings will be held every fourth Monday thereafter.

Two applications for tax collector were received. The person is paid by the school district, county and township.

Packer Township was approved as a member of the Universal Construction Code joint appeals board.

Scott Mosier and Nothstein were approved to attend a dirt and gravel road seminar.

No trespassing signs at the rec fields were replaced by "no hunting, safety zone" signs.

Maintenance has begun on both the interior and exterior of the municipal building, reported Kleintop.

CERT, the County Emergency Response Team, and StormReady will share a tent at the Carbon County Fair. Stop in for information or volunteer to man the booth. Fair entry tickets will be provided.

Glenn Beers asked if the drain for the salt shed reconfiguration is low enough to catch runoff. He said it looks high, but Kleintop said a transit was used and it should be satisfactory.

Many grates in the township do not meet standards having been made with things such as fence posts. They will be checked.

There were four applications for the ag security area since letters went out to people who own 10 acres, the required minimum, or more.

Fourty cats were caught on Deer Lane and 30 were returned after spaying or neutering. Supervisors said Amazing Grace did a good job and was easy to work with.

A thank you letter went to Kevin Koflanovich, manager of Beltzville State Park, for passing out directions to other local parks instead of simply towing cars that were illegally parked during the July 4 holiday.

Zoning hours for August are 10, 17, 24 and 31, 5 to 7 p.m. or by appointment, 610-681-4202 ext. 11 or

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