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Towamensing supervisors view plans for Woods Campground

Published March 05. 2011 09:00AM

Lower Towamensing and Towamensing supervisors held a joint meeting on Jan. 24 to discuss the possibility of garbage pickup by the Towamensing crew in Lower Towamensing beginning April 1.

However, there was no reply to Towamensing Township by the requested March 1 date, it is assumed they have found someone else, said Towamensing secretary Lora Nothstein.

In other business during a meeting of the Towamensing supervisors, Eric Snyder presented the Woods Campground plan.

Waivers were approved for a right of way and inner section radii that cannot meet the ordinance on the new primary entrance that will be off Forest Street. A third waiver was that the entrance road will not have to be paved beyond 100 feet. A fourth waiver was that 500 feet would not have to be paved on what has become the secondary entrance.

Supervisor Rodney George asked who would maintain that secondary entrance. Snyder responded that the campground would maintain it.

The plan received conditional final approval dependent on an earlier list of conditions and those discussed at the Feb. 3 and March 3 meetings. The plan and a revised planning module still need Department of Environmental Protection approval.

The previous Jack Rivers Restaurant owned by Forest Inn LLC will be reopened as the Rock Lobster. A septic pumping agreement is with the owner who is considering putting in a new system. Sean Corey, sewage enforcement officer, will check the system once a month. The pumping agreement was approved dependent on Corey's approval.

The township wants to buy a fireproof safe to store resolutions, ordinances, minutes and other important papers. No money will be kept in the safe.

Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild suggested it be checked how long such a safe remains fireproof because one that withstands heat for an hour would not be satisfactory.

Glenn Beers said it should be anchored to the floor and said they should get the best they can afford. He suggested the state surplus center should be checked.

The purchase was approved at a cost of under $4,000.

George opposed because he said they did not have one for 50 years so why should they now.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said they want to protect what is important and that such things as titles will remain in a safe deposit box.

Resident Guy Seifert asked why they did not look at fireproof file cabinets. Secretary Lora Nothstein had checked and found they are very expensive and good only for a half-hour to an hour fire.

The fire company was authorized to help at the Black Bear Triathlon on June 5, Blue Mountain Health System's 5-K walk on May 7, and the Jim Thorpe parade on March 13.

The township will advertise for bids on a used paver. George said he plans to do all the paving in the township. Specs call for one that will lay a 20-foot strip of blacktop. He wants to partner with Franklin or Lower Towamensing, both of whom have shown interest but have not committed.

As per the new policy in February, George and Chris Beers helped an ambulance that was stuck on a private road and then helped carry the patient to the ambulance.

A copy of a letter written by Roy Christman thanked Carbon Engineering for the plan for the Koch Road bridge. It says the historical commission is happy with the design.

People should note that tax bills that are mailed will be going to PO Box 220, Palmerton, Pa. 18071 instead of to the municipal building but regular hours will continue to be held at the building for people who prefer to pay in person.

Beers asked about the flag on the communications tower at the firehouse. It has been missing for about a month. ATT is responsible for keeping one flying as a condition of the tower permit. The zoning officer should send a letter, said Beers.

George White said the state has published a new book about the Grange.

"It has a lot of recipes," he said.

An executive session was held regarding leased property.

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