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Resident complaint leads to video taping of road

Published March 08. 2011 05:00PM

At Monday's meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors, under public comment, Pattie Bealla said she brought incidents on her road to a meeting last summer.

She claims a neighbor drives drunk and comes closer and closer to her lawn where children are playing.

Supervisor Herb Truhe asked if that was the incident she called about. In response to her affirmative reply Truhe said the police have a video of the road.

Joe Ehritz asked if the bills from work on previous sewer plans were found so they can be turned in to the Department of Environmental Protection for partial reimbursement.

Secretary Deanna Cunfer said they were being reviewed by Hanover Engineering and will be forwarded.

Harvey Keiper said 2161 Lizard Creek Road has become another junkyard and that the renter seems to be running a business.

Truhe said Clare Troxell, landowner, said he would set up barriers so the person can no longer drive on the lawn and that the burning of wires to get the copper will stop.

Hope Gramlich described the township escrow accounts to be withheld from insurance settlements after a fire as "putting the township's hands in her pockets." An escrow account is set up with 15 percent of insurance money to guarantee cleanup.

She thinks the state blight law should give the township all the authority it needs.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said the accounts are the most effective way to get people to clean up properties following a fire. The township does not keep the money. After cleanup, it is given to the property owner.

Gramlich asked if there were fires that were not cleaned up. Nanovic said there were and offered to drive around the township with her to show where.

"I pay my insurance. Why do you have a right to it?" she asked.

Supervisor Dean Kercsmar said with the blight statute, the township would have to go to court and it gets expensive.

Gramlich said she would help a neighbor clean up if needed.

Truhe said he does not like the ordinance, but he would not like to and does not think others would like to live next to a burned-out building.

The fire escrow ordinance will be advertised. It is not yet on the books.

William Schwab from the park commission gave an update on plans for Riverview Park. The D&L Trail should be done up to the county line by summer. The second disc golf course is being laid out; a marathon from Cementon is planned but traffic is a concern; two employees for the summer will come with county funding; a baseball field will be laid out; and the Fish and Boat Commission may hold classes there.

Nine additional disc golf baskets will be ordered at no cost to the township.

Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer said he thinks the things being done at Riverview are good, but that the township cannot afford more than the grass mowing maintenance of trails and the golf course make it too expensive when done by township workers.

In other business, the AROCC lot line adjustment was approved with conditions. Its land development plan and Duane Schleicher's revised plan will be on the March 21 planning commission agenda.

The Clare Troxell hearing is scheduled for April 7, 9 a.m., but Nanovic said the hearings have been continued many times.

Bids will be requested for a new police cruiser.

Hanover Engineering is to help reconcile sewer flows with Bowmanstown to be sure West Bowmans users are paying the correct fees.

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