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'No trespassing' signs keep Towamensing residents out of public property

Published July 09. 2011 09:02AM

Earl Beers attended the July 7 meeting of the Towamensing Township supervisors to ask about "No Trespassing" signs at the recreation property, which is public land.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the signs were to keep hunters out who may not know there are people in the woods.

Beers said therefore they should be "No Hunting" signs.

Resident Guy Seifert asked if it isn't a safety zone and should be so posted, and if the ballfield would be begun this fall in the area discussed.

Kleintop said the preliminary plan for the ballfield was received that day.

Beers said supervisor Rodney George took it upon himself to sign it no trespassing.

He complained, as he did previously, about the poor maintenance on the municipal building, adding that supervisors should consider how other people view it.

Contracts were signed by Towamensing and Lower Towamensing with Hanover Engineering to make changes to the subdivision and land development and zoning ordinances to meet the comprehensive plan requirements.

Hanover wants five appointees from each townhip to attend the meetings which will begin after Labor Day.

It will cost each township $16,000, which is $4,000 less than if each did it separately.

Amazing Grace will help with the feral cat problem. Six homes on Deer Lane have been a refuge for 40 to 60 abandoned cats and kittens. A resident took some of the kittens to Friends of Animals but they would not accept adults because of possibly carrying illness to the facility.

A second meeting is being held on the county level with Commissioner Charles Getz to discuss the problem.

A vet from out of the area will euthanize those that have serious health problems and spay or neuter the others and then return them to where they were picked up. Kleintop said the population then seems to disappear over about a two-year period.

Supervisor Tom Newman made a motion to give Amazing Grace a $1,000 donation in two $500 pieces - one now and one when the problem is resolved.

In other business, tax collector Mary Beers resigned effective Jan. 15, 2012. She will help train her replacement. The books will be audited and the position will be advertised.

"She's done an excellent job," said Kleintop.

Bruce Reiner presented a letter of interest for the job, and stated that he spent time with Beers.

Resident Earl Beers asked if costs connected with the new township building are being kept in a separate ledger so people can see the cost from day one.

Kleintop said the township has all the figures. Beers said they should be gathered in one place - everything connected to the property.

Suzy Seifert said they should be in an asset account. The accountants should have told them it required a land classification.

Beers asked if they have a driveway permit. It is applied for but will not be issued till work progresses. He thinks it will be expensive and require work being done on Route 209.


• Only one quote was received for replacing single phase electricity to three phase to run the compactor. Seifert suggested getting more quotes before awarding the job. A motion was made to accept the lowest quote when others are received.

• David Beers Jr. will salvage the burned truck, buying it for a cost of $1,129.

• The line painting bid went to Interstate Road for $11,682.

• Ohl Fuel received the bid for heating oil, $3.751 per gallon, and fuel, $3.643.

• On July 28 the historical commission meeting will be held at the Kibler School preceding the third Thursday meeting at the school.

The principal at Towamensing Elementary School asked if students can be taken to the municipal building if evacuation becomes necessary. Plans will be discussed with her.

• Garbage must be curbside by 6 a.m. for the summer when workers begin the route at that time. Nothing can weigh over 50 pounds and the township will not clean up bags that are torn open by animals. There have been problems with bears opening garbage cans looking for food.

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