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Rush Township supervisors address race safety concerns

Published February 16. 2011 05:00PM

Rush Township supervisors on Tuesday addressed safety and liability concerns regarding the use of township roads during the "Shotgun Enduro Race" to be held June 19.

Resident Joe Shamonsky questioned the legality of having the bikes cross public roads. In a letter to the supervisors, the hosts of the event, the High Mountain Dirt Riders, confirm that all medical arrangements, insurance, and route maps remain the same from previous years.

The event has been held in Delano, Kline, Rush, and Ryan townships for the past six years. The supervisors assured residents that the fire police and police department will again work together to ensure a safe event like years past.

All involved departments will receive exact routes and times two to three weeks before the event for review. The event hosts also relay that they are governed by strict guidelines of the American Motorcycle Association and the East Coast Enduro Association.

Permission was granted to the High Mountain Dirt Riders to use township roads for the event.

Under new business, the following items were agreed upon by Chairman Stephen Simchak, Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert, and Supervisor Robert Leibensperger.

In other business, a contract was approved between Rush Township Police Department and North Central Highway Safety Network.

Plan No. 234 A, the Postupack Minor Subdivision, Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan was approved.

F. Patrick Davison was re-appointed as a representative to the Tamaqua Area Water Authority for a five-year term.

Charles Barnes was re-appointed to serve on the Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority for a five-year term. With Barnes in attendance, Simchak thanked him for his work thus far and wished him another happy five years.

Also, at Tuesday's meeting, under public comment, resident Bill Boyer made a comment questioning why an issue he brought up in a letter to the secretary was not included on the agenda for further questioning. The board stated that Boyer's issue was fully addressed in a letter sent to him in the mail.

Supervisors announced that an informational session was held on Feb. 9 with the professional engineer and zoning officer from Alfred Benesch and Company to discuss zoning and code issues in the township.

Another informational session was held February 15 with the president of the Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE) board and the vice president of SEDCO (Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation) to discuss the conditions of the road in the Tidewood East Industrial Park.

The board adopted Ordinance 170, allowing Tax Collector Dolores Walck to raise the fee for tax certifications.

Supervisors are exploring the possibility of a regional police force between Rush Township and Kline Township. An informational meeting is scheduled for March 1.

Wyoming Electric and Signal was awarded the project to change local traffic signals to LEDs. Set to be completed sometime in March, the approximate $7,000 cost of the project will be paid through a grant with no cost to the township.

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