Weight restrictions to be put on Carney Road for spring months
The Eldred Township board of supervisors accepted the resignation of Charles Phillips as a member of the Chestnuthill/Jackson/Eldred/Ross (CJER) Planning Committee of the Joint Comprehensive Plan.
The board appointed Archie Craig to fill the position.
CJER Joint Comprehensive Plan is "a means granted to local governments by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by which participating communities may work together to create a vision of what they want to become and how they intend to achieve that vision."
It is intended "to help to anticipate change, to identify community goals, and to examine local resources. It will provide the guidance that allows a higher degree of control in how change occurs in the CJER Region."
Supervisor Sharon Solt thanked Phillips by saying "We appreciate all the time you put into serving on the committee."
Supervisor Chairman Clair Borger spoke about how the state has put weight restrictions on several bridges, some of them in our immediate area. Polk Township would like to put a weight restriction on Carney Road for the spring months when the road is soft.
"I'm in favor of it," said Borger.
Michael Kaspszyk, the township solicitor said, "Since Polk owns both access points to Carney Road and Eldred only has a portion of it, I would say we should abide by Polk's decision."
Supervisor Solt said she would send a letter to Polk Township stating that Eldred Township would abide by Polk's weight restrictions on Carney Road.
Kingswood Lake Owners Association requested a grant from Eldred Township in the amount of $1,400 for road signs needed from the recent readdressing in the township.
Supervisor Chairman Borger said he had to change the street name sign on his road and paid for it out of his own pocket and a neighbor offered to help toward the cost.
"I feel they (Kingswood Lake Owners Association) should pay to put up their own signs," he said.
Solicitor Kaspszyk said that "If you give grants to one development, you'd open up the floodgates for others to ask for grants."
The board agreed, 3-0, that the grant be denied.
Sgt. Brian Cawley, station manager of the Pennsylvania State Police Lehighton barracks, attended the meeting to see if there were any concerns.
He stated that the station responded to 60 calls in Eldred Township in the last two months.
The most noticeable crime in Eldred involved the stealing of copper piping from abandoned and foreclosure homes.
"If anyone sees anything suspicious, give us a call immediately," he said.
Chairman Borger said that the proposed 2012 budget is ready to be voted on.
"We made some cuts but we didn't raise the taxes. The budget is for $671,450. The bad news is for our guys. There will be no raises. We pulled our belts pretty tight."
The board voted 3-0 to authorize Solicitor Kaspszyk to advertise that it will be voted on whether or not to adopt the budget at the Wednesday, Dec. 7 meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building.
Supervisor Solt added that the budget is available to be viewed by the public at the municipal building during office hours.
The board voted, 3-0, to grant the Vernon Frable minor subdivision extension request to March 1, 2012.
Helen Mackes reported that the Eldred Township Historical Society is currently looking into companies who can test the old post office building for mold, lead and asbestos. This must be done before they can install new windows and replace the heating system.
The township has information for residents who would like to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA or you can call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) from the recent flooding.
There is also information available on how to get rid of mold. Stop by the office during the hours of Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.