Schuylkill Township plans no tax increase
Schuylkill Township supervisors announced some good news at Wednesday night's meeting. The 2012 budget will not include any tax increase for residents. According to the prepared budget, the township expects $440,100 in revenue and $424,160 in expenditures. Supervisors approved the tentative budget and it will be on file at the municipal office for inspection for twenty days.
Supervisors also received a petition signed by approximately 30 residents, requesting the placement of stop signs at Mine and Valley Street in Brockton. However, another resident voiced opposition to the petition, citing the amount of truck traffic that would have to stop and the fumes that would be generated by such traffic. Supervisors said that they will review the situation. Supervisor Christine Verdier said that installing more signals will not help if the township cannot enforce the ones that are already in existence. "We need to talk to Chief Zimmerman about finding some short term issues. Maybe we can work with Blythe township to patrol their area, before drivers even get in to Brockton," she said. "We need to be a little bit creative." Verdier added that she had spoken with PennDOT regarding the intersection at 209 in Tuscarora that was the scene of a fatal accident a few weeks ago. "They're going to take a look at the sight distance requirements, maybe cut back some trees, and take a look at the intersection," she said.
Zimmerman also warned of several incidents of criminal mischief and car break-ins. He urged citizens to be sure that they are securing their vehicles whenever possible and to continue to report any suspicious activity. He reminded residents of the township's ordinance against throwing snow into the street. "With the snow storm we just had, and the winter months coming up, we will cite you if you're throwing snow into the street," he said.
Based on the recommendation from Solicitor Michael Greek, the township rescinded the local ordinance based on Megan's Law. Greek said that a similar ordinance in Allegheny County had been struck down as unconstitutional.
Township secretary Mary Bubel said that there are ten residents that have not yet paid their 2011 garbage bills. There will be a hearing with District Magistrate David Plachko on November 9th. The total amount owed to the township is $3400.
Supervisors passed two ordinances to apply for CDBG funds, on in the amount of $500,000 and one in the amount of $50,000 to assist with the upgrades that are needed to the Tuscarora water lines. Bubel said that Blythe Township has agreed to help with man power and money towards the project.