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Snowstorm caused headaches for Walker Township residents

Published November 04. 2011 05:02PM

The unusual snowstorm last weekend caused a lot more headaches than imagined in Walker Township.

The New England Valley Fire Company is the designated emergency shelter in Walker Township, but when the snowstorm knocked out most of the township's power on Saturday, the generator didn't work. The board of supervisors wants the generator fixed quickly and at Thursday evening's meeting agreed to pay the bill to do so.

Last May, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated an Allegheny County law that restricted where convicted sex offenders could live, which it felt violated the state legislature's intent behind Megan's Law. Walker's board of supervisors has rescinded the township's ordinance, as many other townships will have to, that restricts where sex offenders can live.

After 20 years as Road Master, Eric Leiby will officially be retired on November 15, handing his resignation letter to the board at the meeting. "Thank you very much for all your hard work," Chairman Craig Wagner said. "…Of course," Wagner joked, "he'll still be on as a part-time laborer on speed dial."

Next, the board received five opening bids, which range from $119,999 to $199,450, to fix the Catawissa Road Bridge. Township Engineer Dave Horst said the board may have to seek financing for repairs outside the township's general funds.Also concerning road matters, Kettle Road's speed limit will be lowered from 55mph to 40 mph, but an official ordinance has yet to be passed.

Lastly, Horst sent a letter to Rettew engineering company detailing the board's concerns about the Act 537 plan to install sewage facilities in a total of 306 residences located in Walker and West Penn Townships. Both townships reject the plan as it stands because of the project's high cost, a $104-a-month sewage bill for residents who have the systems installed.

The next Walker Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the municipal building.

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