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Officials chastised for using lower gate to access park

Published April 11. 2012 05:01PM

Lower Towamensing Township officials have once again been taken to task for the manner in which they continue to access a recreation park.

Resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday again called out the township's board of supervisors on Tuesday, and said it was illegal for them to use the lower gate to the Stoney Ridge Recreation P.A.R.C.

"You guys are not supposed to use that gate," Bollinger said. "You guys don't have no permit for the lower gate."

Bollinger said he had paperwork that states the gate may not be accessed.

At that, Supervisor Brent Green asked Bollinger to show him the paperwork, to which he complied.

Bollinger then told supervisors "if you want to do something, then do it right."

Green assured Bollinger he would check on the matter with the state Department of Transportation.

"I will call PennDOT to see if we can use the gate," Green said. "If we cannot, then we won't."

This isn't the first time Bollinger accused township officials of illegally accessing the lower portion of the park.

In Dec. of 2009, Bollinger accused township officials of illegally accessing the park, and said he was informed by state Environmental Protection Agency officials that the township didn't have a permit to access that particular area.

Last month, supervisors agreed to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, of Walnutport, in the amount of $138,885, to complete work at the park along Fireline Road.

The bid was broken down into two phases: $124,695 to level areas for the basketball courts, and install an erosion and sedimentation plan, with the other $14,190 to level various piles of soil.

The township previously received a $108,000 grant for the E&S plan, but a certain contingency reduced that amount to $104,000. The township plans to use that, along with $34,000 from its general fund, to pay for the work.

In July, the township received an $85,000 grant to install basketball courts at the facility. The grant came from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, and was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.

The township held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park in June of 2009. It purchased the land from the Knights of Columbus in 2000.

In a related matter, Supervisor Jesse Mendez thanked Franklin Township for its donation of top soil for the recreation center, as well as Towamensing Township and Livengood Excavators for hauling the top soil to the facility.

It was then noted that within the next two weeks, all of the dirt will be removed from the recreation center.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors discussed several recommendations from the recreation board.

As part of the recommendations, supervisors said they would check to see that organizations who wish to utilize the facility have proof of insurance, and that the township is covered as well. In addition, supervisors said they would ask Carbon Engineering to submit their bills on a monthly basis to the township.

In other business, supervisors, in the absence of board Chairman Ron Walbert:

- Adopted a resolution for the Pennsylvania Municipal Assistance Program.

- Adopted a resolution for prevailing wages for township employees.

- Adopted a resolution for bituminous materials bids.

- Agreed to purchase four recap tires at a cost of $170 per tire.

- Agreed to purchase two Verizon Wireless-Push phones.

- Granted a three-month extension for the Caron Associates subdivision.

- Awarded various bids for blacktop/stone to Lehigh Asphalt Engineers, Hanson Aggregates, and Eastern Industries.

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