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Fire company warns about live wires

Published November 04. 2011 05:02PM

Towamensing Firechief Wayne Knirnschild said that following the snowstorm last weekend there were live wires down. People seemed to expect the company to do something, but he said they can not. There was one on Stagecoach Road and one across the fence in a pasture. He also knew of two others.

"We don't have the time or manpower to babysit them," said Knirnschild. He knew PPL was notified.

At the Nov. 3 meeting Supervisor Tom Newman agreed to contact the state police to see about closing sections of the roads where this situation exists.

Knirnschild also asked about an insurance check for lightning damage at the firehouse. The check for $13,865, which should be received this coming week, covers all expenses minus the deductible of $500.

Planning commission member Guy Seifert asked if he was correct in thinking Solicitor Michael Greek was only to attend those commission meetings when he was contacted.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said she contacted him and told him he was to attend on an "as needed" basis.

Seifert also thought Greek was not to attend the ordinance update meetings until most of the work was finished and it was down to a final review. Kleintop also straightened that out.

Resident George White presented supervisors with an email stating that the snowplow took out the curbing and a couple feet of his lawn. Newman responded that it would be checked into. White also said a culvert is washing out. He had complained about this previously. Roadmaster Rodney George had told Kleintop that he would look at it Wednesday, Nov. 2.

There is also one driver who speeds when plowing snow and takes out mailboxes. Kleintop will talk to him.

The Shire at Emerald Hills will be discussed in executive session on Monday with the developer, three supervisors, Engineer Ron Tirpak and Solicitor Tom Nanovic.

Rudy Wolfe presented a minor subdivision plan for a lot line adjustment. Mildred Held Sanders and Mildred and Richard Sanders want to add land to the house lot to be sure there will be no future questions about setbacks for a garage that was built. It was approved.

The joint meeting with Lower Towamensing to update the subdivision and zoning ordinances was termed "very productive." Zoning categories were discussed - Lower Towamensing has more than Towamensing. There was discussion about the commercial area on Route 209, said Seifert.

Newman added that since Carbon County is recreational, the townships should try to encourage that.

Connie Bieling said all business traffic should go to the highways via service roads.

Seifert said Duane Dellecker, Lower Towamensing zoning officer, thinks Palmerton and Bowmanstown are viable because they do not allow drive-up businesses.

"If it is as easy as that it might be worthwhile," Seifert said.

The next joint meeting is at Towamensing on Nov. 21, 6 p.m.

The earned income tax ordinance was adopted. It is for a continuation of existing taxes in line with other municipalities as the county takes over the collection.

AT&T has removed the worn flag at the firehouse and will replace it when one becomes available.

The new proposed soccer field has been planted. It is staked out to prevent people driving on the new grass. Kleintop said George did the planting with his own equipment and will present a bill only for the grass seed.

Zoning hours are Nov. 9, 16 and 30, 5 to 7 p.m. or by appointment at or (610) 681-4202 ext. 11.

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