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State Police Barracks plan discussed at Towamensing

Published August 06. 2012 05:03PM

Towamensing Township supervisors went over more than 30 engineer's comments and waiver requests for Falling Creek Investment's plan for a police barracks at the intersection of Sei Pei and Route 209.

The group was asking for conditional approval at the Aug. 2 meeting. Still required is approval from some outside agencies such as the erosion and sedimentation plan from the Carbon County Conservation District. A cost estimate for improvements and a highway occupancy permit are required.

The first request was a waiver for a sewer plan module because there were previous plans approved.

The plan covers two lots which will be combined into one with a reverse subdivision. The township was given permission to go on the property to check stormwater since it is a complicated system including infiltration and discharge on the southeast corner. There is presently a four-inch pipe at the discharge location but it will be changed to a 15-inch pipe.

Solicitor Tom Nanovic said the township needed a copy of a discharge easement agreement.

The paved area will be with pervious (allowing infiltration) cover, but Supervisor Guy Seifert asked about the impound area which may leak vehicle fluids. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit will require a list of hazardous materials. Seifert said below the next property is a streamhead that empties into Hunter Creek which is a high-quality stream.

Seifert asked why Falling Creek engineer Domenick Di Paolo did not think the shoulders needed improvement. He said he did not think there should be more soil disturbance. Seifert replied that there already is a problem with the shoulder.

When trees were discussed, Glenn Beers was asked for his input since he raises trees to sell. He said spruce makes a nice buffer. On the Sei Pei side deciduous trees would provide shade in summer and let the sun in during winter. Arborvitae would be good for the side where there is only about six-feet of space to plant a buffer. However, it was decided as long as there are many trees on the neighbor's property, that buffer line will not have to be planted, but may in the future if a new owner cuts the trees.

The "authorized personnel only" sign will have to have "emergency personnel" added.

Steve Pearisie, owner of the property, said the Department of Environmental Protection will look at the matter of the impound area. Seifert said the township has to be as diligent as possible and not just throw it back at DEP. Several possibilities were discussed but no conclusion reached.

Lights were designed for only within 25-feet of the building, though supervisors thought the planned lighting would more likely reach only 15 feet. Lights in the parking lots will be required. Di Paolo said they had been trying to meet the state minimum standards.

The detention basin will have to be fenced for the protection of kids.

Township engineer Greg Haas has not had much of the material long enough to review it. Pearisie said technical issues can be worked out but Seifert said there is too much to work out.

A special meeting will be held Aug. 13, 3 p.m., to continue the discussion by which time the materials should have been provided to Haas and many issues resolved.

A two-week extension was given to allow time for the special meeting.

In other business: David Del Grosso was appointed to the planning commission.

An intern will be sought at the Lehigh Carbon Community College to help organize zoning files by properties that stay the same rather than residents, which change.

The earned income tax will be collected by Berkheimer Associates.

Fill at the ballfields can only be accepted until Aug. 16 as work is moving forward.

Constable Sandy Lizzio was asked to provide a list of prices for services.

Pat Gremlin of the Woods Campground said the borders of the campground have been marked and there should no longer be trespassing on the neighbors' properties.

Karl Rolappe, president of the Historical Commission, said monetary pledges for the Greenzweig School were received from Hagers Furniture, Service Team, and Shea's Hardware. Rudy Wolfe of Keystone Consulting will donate the survey. Glen Greenzwig, Todd Koehler and Bill van Buskirk pledged in-kind work. Nanovic Law Offices will donate any work above $250.

A meeting with the owners is the next step and is being arranged.

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