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Eldred Township receives an update on Blue Mountain Preservation Association, Inc.'s appeal against Alpine Rose Resort, Inc.

Published March 24. 2011 05:00PM

Eldred Township solicitor, Michael Kaspszyk, told the Eldred Township supervisors that he received an update letter from Alpine Rose Resort, Inc.'s solicitor, Emil W. Kantra, II. It included a copy of an order dated Feb. 23, 2011 that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board received the transcripts of the hearing and ordered that Blue Mountain Preservation Association, Inc. (PMPA) "shall file its post-hearing brief on or before March 25, 2011; the Department and Permittee shall file their post-hearing briefs on or before April 26, 2011 and; Blue Mountain's reply brief, if any, shall be filed on or before May 11, 2011", entered by Judge Bernard Labuskes, the Judge of the Environmental Hearing Board. This is in regards to the BMPA's appeal of the issuance by DEP of Alpine Rose's NPDES Permit.

The letter states that Kantra anticipates the decision will be made by the judge sometime after the May 11 date.

Kaspszyk also received a copy of a letter from Melissa Maupin, district permit manager of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to Mary Louise Hardcastle, an attorney at Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubba, P.C. that PennDOT was returning the following documents to the firm to be recorded at Monroe County Courthouse: Agreement of Release for Timothy T. Bak; Agreement of Release for Kunkletown Rod and Gun Club Inc.; the Drainage Release for Kunkletown Rod and Gun Club Inc.

In order for Alpine Rose to get their PennDOT HOP (Highway Occupancy Permit), they had to secure releases from each of these entities. The originals will be returned to PennDOT.

These matters pertain to BMPA's opposition to Alpine Rose Resorts Inc. building a 360-plus-acre resort for motor sport enthusiasts along the north face of the Blue Mountain in Eldred Township and along the Northampton County border of the Appalachian Trail. This resort would include a 3.2 mile race track for a members-only country club for sports car enthusiasts.

Clair Borger, supervisor chairman and roadmaster, told the board that the township needs a new lawn mower. He got prices ranging from $4,850-$5,945.

Supervisor Sharon Solt said that since he did the research, she thought he should pick the one that met the needs of the township. Borger liked the Simplicity with zero turn, a roll cage and seat belt for $4,999. Supervisor Gretchen Gannon Pettit asked if the township had that kind of money in the budget and Kaspszyk replied that it did.

Solt made a motion to comply with the township's bidding rule and then authorize Borger to make the decision on which one to buy based on what the needs of the township are. The motion was approved, 3-0.

Kaspszyk reported that the twp. received the traffic study done by PennDOT about removing the stop signs on Church Lane/Church Road and asked the board if they wanted him to draw up a resolution to have them removed. The board approved it.

Solt said that she spoke to Christine Dettore, who works for Monroe County Planning Commission, and she invited Dettore to the next supervisors' meeting to speak to the board about planning.

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