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East Penn appoints new members to the zoning hearing board

Published September 12. 2011 08:28AM

The Sept. 6 meeting of the East Penn Township supervisors opened with public comment.

Harvey Keiper asked about the progress of cleaning up the Clair Troxell property and what was happening with the court case against him. His lawyer asked for an extension to file the appeal, said Solicitor Jim Nanovic.

Joe Ehritz said the stormwater ordinance had to be enforced because stormwater can damage roads. He suggested the new members to be appointed to the zoning hearing board should have experience.

A motion was made to appoint Michael Hudson on the zoning hearing board replacing Mike Smith who resigned. In order for him to accept the position he had to resign from the vacancy board.

Supervisor Randy Pfeiffer said there had been eight applications and three of the people were experienced with zoning. They were Guy Barry and Nancy Blaha who served previously on the zoning board and Mary Ann Leavitt who was a zoning officer.

Pfeiffer made a motion to appoint Barry to the board but it did not receive a second. He also made a motion to appoint Leavitt to the alternate zoning positions but there was no second.

Dave Bryfogel was appointed as a member of the board.

Pfeiffer nominated Blaha as the second alternate. There was no second. Jay Frey was approved as the second alternate.

When invoices were discussed Supervisor Herb Truhe said a bill from Hanover Engineering should be paid as money becomes available. Supervisor Jake Nothstein said Hanover wanted half in a lump sum. He made a motion to pay half and then pay the rest as money was available.

Health insurance renewals were approved. Liquor liability insurance was approved at a cost of $1,200.

There will be electronic recycling Sept. 26, 9-2, and Sept. 27, noon to 6 p.m. at the Lehighton Borough Garage along Penn Street across from Snyder Tires in Lehighton.

The Churchview Downs preliminary land development plan was given an extension to Oct. 4.

The David and Rose Marie Hauser minor subdivision will be reviewed by the township planning commission. The county planners have approved the plan.

Duane Schleicher's preliminary major plan will be before the planners on Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

Nanovic, was authorized to advertise the per capita tax ordinance for adoption.

Portland Contractors' agreement as sewer treatment plant operators was renewed at the same rate as in 2010.

Hanover will help locate missing paperwork so the township can file for reimbursement costs for engineering on the sewer system. It is expected the township will receive $35,000. Nanovic said the previous work done by RKR Hess should be included in the request for reimbursement.

Engineer Bruce Steigerwalt was asked if the Department of Environmental Protection has approved the costs for reimbursement. He said it did. Pfeiffer said the money could have been received by now if the application had been turned in earlier.

Carl Wolfe and Sean Corey, sewage enforcement officers, were authorized to cite the owner for raw sewage at 2161 E. Lizard Creek Road. He will be given 30 days to take corrective action. Secretary Deanna Cunfer thinks the renter had moved and the house is being used for storage.

Nanovic will advertise for a public hearing for the regional comprehensive plan.

Pfeiffer asked why the township needed four police vehicles for two officers and wanted to know if the new vehicle will be unmarked. Truhe said it will.

Pfeiffer also wanted to know why an officer was not on duty at the East Penn Elementary School during the hours the buses were entering. The blinking lights at the highway are not working. Cunfer said there was a police presence the first day of school.

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