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Historical Commission presents awards at Towamensing

  • Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Guy Seifert who earned it by rebuilding his old historic barn that is on the Historical Commission's list of old buildings in Towamensing Township.
    Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Guy Seifert who earned it by rebuilding his old historic barn that is on the Historical Commission's list of old buildings in Towamensing Township.
Published October 10. 2011 05:03PM

Karl Rolappe, treasurer of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission, presented an award to Guy Seifert for doing the most to preserve a historic building. His barn on Spruce Hollow Road has been completely resided after the original board siding was removed.

The plaque was presented to Seifert at the Oct. 6 meeting of the supervisors. This is to be an annual event and nominations are accepted for people who restore or enhance their historic building. Connie Bieling designed the plaque.

Before and after pictures were passed around the room.

A certificate was presented to Mary Beth Beers in honor of her husband Curt who died April 21. He was one of the three founding members of the commission.

Beers said she was taking the opportunity to say think you. "I speak for Curt after 50 years of marriage. How he would have appreciated the honor, saying it was nothing (the work). You convinced him he had a skill to contribute. With my grateful heart I accept it on Curt's behalf."

Elissa Binder asked to be removed from the commission because she can no longer attend meetings. She was replaced by Lora Nothstein.

Falling Creek Investments has appealed a denial by the zoning hearing board that a state police barracks could be built on the Mello property at Sei Pei Road and Route 209. The constitutionality of the zoning ordinance is also being questioned. Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the township is comfortable with the way the zoning board handled the matter.

Charles Laviolette, representative to the Palmerton Area Library, said a mini-golf course was laid out in the library with green carpet and books to line the fairways. It began upstairs and continued downstairs. There were 46 participants. The $6,000 raised is sufficient to replace what the school district cut from its annual contribution.

He said the Knights' Gallery (second floor) is available to nonprofits for meetings free of charge and to others with a charge.

Newsletter updates will be emailed every month. There is a volunteer program and more volunteers can always be used. Homework Helpers are available to mentor students after school. There were 24 children from Towamensing in the summer program.

Towamensing Girl Scouts and Brownies had a Fright-Free Halloween Party at the library on Oct. 7.

Fire chief Wayne Knirnschild asked if anything had been heard from the insurance company about the lightning strike at the firehouse. Secretary Lora Nothstein will call again.

Alton Green was told he had to request an extension on his plan, which will be at the Monday planning commission meeting. The extension was approved.

A single bid was received for driving surface aggregate material. The bid was awarded to Hansen Aggregates at a cost of $22,425.

Kleintop said the joint (Towamensing-Lower Towamensing) zoning-subdivision workshop to update those ordinances was well attended. The next one will be at Lower Towamensing on Oct. 24, 6 p.m.

Permits are still in the application stage for the new ball field. They came back incomplete and will have to be resent.

Estimates will be sought for security cameras because of illegal dumping and pilfering of township supplies. A discussion of methods of determining responsibility for equipment was discussed with no action taken.

Nothstein was authorized to attend a Records Management class to be held in Whitehall at a cost of $50. She submitted a letter thanking supervisors for letting her attend a class in Business Writing.

Vaccinations for township workers were approved. Knirnschild asked that firemen be included and that was also approved. A portion of the $147 per person cost should be covered by insurance.

An allocation received from the state for the fire company amounts to $53,317, more than was expected.

Nothstein called AT&T to request a new flag on the communications tower at the firehouse.

Supervisors received an invitation to participate in the Nov. 6 Veterans Day parade in Jim Thorpe. They will attend.

The earned income tax ordinance is being advertised.

Zoning hours for October are 12 and 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. or by appointment. Call 610-681-4202 ext. 11.

Upcoming events: Oct. 27 - 2012 budget meeting.

Oct. 13 - Big Creek Grange sale of bean soup. The quilt raffle winners will be drawn.

Oct. 27 - Historical Commission, meeting on herbology, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31 - Trick of Treat night, 6-8 p.m.

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