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Star Hose Company wants community's help preparing bid package for air service

Published May 04. 2011 05:01PM

Keith Kibler, fire chief at Star Hose Fire Company, Emerald, asked the Washington Township supervisors for assistance in preparing a bid package for a pump to fill air packs. He attended the May 3 meeting.

Kibler said he wants to meet with Engineer Roy Stewart.

The cost is expected to be between $32,000 and $36,000 as previously estimated. The fire company will have to pay the engineering fees.

Verda Miller requested a refund of street light and fire hydrant taxes. For years she was being billed those taxes on an empty lot which cannot be taxed for those purposes. The refund can only go back three years so she received a refund of $179.

The mistake was found by the township and brought to Miller's attention.

Shawn Wanamaker resigned from his elected position as an auditor and was appointed to the property maintenance appeal board. Also appointed were Shawn Mantz and Justin Schmoyer.

A note on the minutes from April states that the Haafsville Sanctuary is working with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, not the Kutztown Animal Hospital as was said in April.

A letter was received from District Attorney Jim Martin thanking the township for its donation to provide a child abuse investigator.

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center requested a donation. Secretary JoAnn Ahner said there is $10,000 allocated to a Greenways fund, some of which could be used to make a donation.

Supervisor Gerry Phillips made a motion to donate $3,000.

Three bids were received for improvements at the food bank. They are: Ashwood Enterprises, $84,546; Fourman Construction, $91,670 and EA Johnson, $69,500. Since the work will be done with a Community Development Block Grant, the bids will be forwarded to the county which will make the choice and pay the bill to the limit of the grant.

The 7:30 p.m. meeting was adjourned at 7: 44 p.m.

The minutes from the April 5 workshop meeting show that Citizen's Fire Company received the third of 10 donations ($10,000 each) to the emergency vehicle fund.

Stewart was asked to lower a grant request from $20,000 to $15,000. The money will go for signs and gates on the rail-trail. The application is to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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