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Permits needed for swimming pool owners

Published July 07. 2011 05:01PM

Schuylkill Township supervisors and township zoning officer Bill McMullen want township residents to know that any additions and modifications to properties, including swimming pools, should be going through the township's zoning permit process.

At last night's meeting, McMullen said that any pool over 24 inches deep does require a permit to install and may also require zoning and building permits. "If you haven't gotten a permit, you should do so," he said, also recommending that people who have already installed pools should still get the permits.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio asked how old pools need to be to be "grandfathered." According to McMullen, the Universal Construction Code has been in place since 2004 and the Eastern Schuylkill Zoning plan has been in place since 2009. "Anything that has been installed since then, the permits need to be obtained or zoning action will be pursued," said McMullen. McMullen also suggested that the supervisors send out letters to residents who have installed pools or had other construction done without the proper permits.

Supervisors awarded the 1977 Case 580 backhoe to Scott Jones, of Middleport, who submitted the high bid of $5555 for the piece of equipment.

Supervisors also asked for input regarding the submission of an application for CBDG funds. The plan is to apply for funding to replace the water lines in Tuscarora. "Those lines are over 100 years old," said Chairman Linda DeCindio. She said that during times of heavy water usage, like during a fire, the water pressure is difficult to maintain. She added that the community meets the guidelines for a low to moderate income community and should qualify for the funding. "Are there more pressing needs in the community?" she asked. Residents will have another opportunity to weigh in at the August meeting.

Following the closure of the Brockton post office, the post office is requesting permission to install several cluster boxes in the community. The supervisors will need to determine if the properties in question are in fact township right of ways.

Secretary Mary Bubel said that there are currently 85 outstanding garbage bills. They were due by June 30th. There is a $5 penalty for each month they are late.

Code enforcement officer Daniel DeCindio said that he had been contacted by two of the township's fire chiefs who were concerned with an out of control burn by a township resident. At this time, the township will not press charges, however, if it happens again, legal action could be taken. DeCindio said several letters have been sent to a few township residents concerning high grass and property clean-up. One resident has asked for a two week extension to clean up their property and the extension was granted.

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