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Court hearing against Clair Troxell results in fines

Published May 04. 2011 05:00PM

The May 2 East Penn supervisors' meeting began with an executive session to discuss litigation.

Under public comment Harvey Keiper asked what the result was of the hearing on zoning violations at Troxell trucking.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said there were three separate orders. There is a fine of $115,500 for storing commercial vehicles at the building previously used as a schoolhouse and community center. The same amount was for raising pigs on the property along Route 895, with an injunction that he may not get more.

He was enjoined from using the property for storing junk, tires and scrap metals, and to not use the property as a trucking terminal. Commercial vehicles are to be removed from the property and it is to be cleaned up. There is also a fine of $624,500 with this order.

Troxell has a 30-day right to appeal.

If he does not comply with the orders prison time is a possibility. The township would need a court order to go in and do the cleanup, said Nanovic.

Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer made a motion that the solicitor should proceed at the end of the 30-day appeal period.

Keiper said trash remains around a trailer home down Route 895 from Troxell's on the same property as the trucks. Zoning officer Richard Dietrich said he was out and no one is living in the trailer at this time.

Both Duane Schleicher's subdivision and Churchview Downs land development plan will go before the planning commission on May 16.

The East Penn Recreation Committee will hold a fishing derby on May 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the playground. Refreshments will be available.

The D&L Trail continues to be closed for surface construction Mondays to Fridays up to 5 p.m. It is open after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

A previous motion to request bids for a police cruiser was rescinded. The cruiser will be bought from Co-Stars - a state organization, at a cost of $23,000 and will be received several months earlier than it would through the bid.

Nanovic was ordered to disband the fireworks ordinance. Pfeiffer asked why since it does not forbid legal fireworks and makes it easier to enforce the ordinance. The magazine "Township News" had an article saying all townships should have a fireworks ordinance, he said.

Supervisor Jake Nothstein said supervisors are required to inspect a site where fireworks are planned.

Supervisor Herb Truhe said he does fireworks displays all over the state and few municipalities have an ordinance. It will be disbanded. Pfeiffer voted against doing so.

Fuel bids will be advertised.

Pfeiffer asked who owned a pickup truck in the equipment-storage pole building at the municipal offices.

"We're storing someone's vehicle that is not owned by the township and no one knows who owns it. Maybe we should get the detective to run the VIN number," said Pfeiffer.

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