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Lower Towamensing to seek grant to relocate creek

Published November 09. 2011 05:02PM

Lower Towamensing Township will apply for a grant that it would use to relocate Hunter's Creek into the Buckwha Creek.

Supervisors on a 2-0 vote Tuesday agreed to submit an application for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Supervisor Todd Solt was absent.

Ron Walbert, supervisors chairman, said the grant is federal money that could be eligible in the event any potential hazards are incurred by the township.

"It would be used for relocating the river/creek around the [Hunter's Creek] bridge if money is available," Walbert said. "It would be specifically for the relocation of Hunter's Creek."

In March, supervisors awarded a contract to F.A. Rohrbach, of Allentown, in the amount of $43,590 to make repairs to the bridge.

The project was for the underpinning and wing replacement for the structurally deficient bridge, located on Covered Bridge Road over Hunters Creek.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors announced that the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has agreed to put a chevron in the road and relocate several signs at Walnut Street and Hahn's Dairy Road.

Three young persons escaped serious injuries last month after a car they were riding in tore through the bedroom of a home at 705 Hahn's Dairy Road.

The vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and continued to travel in a southwest direction across the property, where it then went down a retaining wall and struck the residence at 685 Hahns Dairy Road.

Walbert noted that last year, another driver lost control of his car and struck the house in the exact same place, tearing a gaping hole in the wall.

"I think PennDOT came through for us," he said. "When issues do happen in the township, we try our best."

In other business, supervisors:

- Announced the township has collected another $669 in delinquent garbage bills. That pushes the total to $8,626 collected.

- Announced the township has obtained a building permit for the addition of restrooms/interior renovations at the township recreation center.

- Announced the township will receive titles for the four vehicles it owns.

- Approved Kirk Summa & Co., LLP, as township auditors.

- Adopted an Earned Income Tax Ordinance. The tax is the same; only the format of the ordinance is different.

- Agreed to send the township road crew to attend a Work Zone Traffic Control seminar in Nesquehoning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

- Agreed to advertise to hold a budget workshop at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

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