Two agreements reached with future water park
The leg work continues for a future water park in Lower Towamensing Township.
By a 2-1 vote on Tuesday, the township's board of supervisors approved a pair of agreements for Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P. Supervisor Brent Green was opposed.
A developers agreement, as well as a stormwater/pipe maintenance agreement, were granted consent by supervisors.
Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said he, as well as the township engineer, reviewed the agreements and found them to be acceptable. Nanovic said his recommendation was for supervisors to approve the agreements.
However, as part of their approval, supervisors said it was conditioned upon amendments being made to meet the engineer's comments.
Green said he needed more time before he could grant his consent.
"I don't think we've seen this agreement before," Green said. "I didn't get to look through it yet to be familiar with it."
Supervisors agreed in Feb. of 2011 to grant conditional final plan approval to Blue Mountain Waterpark, L.P., to construct a recreational water park at the ski area.
As part of that approval, supervisors attached three conditions: all improvements will be installed as per the township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO); the township and the developer will enter into a developer's agreement; and developers are to comply with comments from Carbon Engineering in a review letter dated Dec. 14.
The Summer Splash water park will be located in a Resort and Recreation Zoning District, adjacent to the ski area on about 20 acres of the 58-acre parcel at 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, said Barbara Green, owner of the ski area.
Green previously said the park will be built in phases. The first phase will be the water park, and the second phase will include, hotels/time-share, and more rides, if the water park proves successful, she said.
Summer Splash would be an outdoor water splash park that would include rides themed after historic areas of the county, such as the Lehigh River, mining, railroads and the rich canal history, Green previously said.
The park could yield up to 30 more full-time jobs and several hundred part-time jobs, she said.
Also on Tuesday, Green informed supervisors of vandalism that has recently occurred at the Aquashicola Playground.
Green said it's come to his attention there is garbage being thrown, broken benches, and kids driving their vehicles onto the playground. The situation hadn't been an issue in previous years, he said.
One of the problems, supervisors said, is that there are no adopted park hours posted. Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert said changes needed to be made to address the situation.
"That's what we need to do," Walbert said. "We need to get some signage."
Another concern, Walbert said, are instances where residents tape yard sale/graduation signs to stop signs throughout the township.
"They're taping them, and when we go to pull it off, it takes the paint off," Walbert said. "We also have people constantly stealing signs."
Walbert noted the stealing of signs is a crime, and encouraged residents to discontinue such practice.
Supervisors also agreed to appoint Gerry Madden to a vacant post on the township's Planning Commission.
A former township supervisor, Madden will take the seat that had been occupied by Peter Terp, who passed away earlier this month.
Walbert said Terp was a good friend of his, and that Madden was "the next guy in line" because he most recently served as an alternate on the Planning Commission.
Resident Herman Bollinger voiced his opinion on the move.
"Let's try to get somebody in that lives around here," Bollinger said. "It's the taxpayers' land; this is why this country is going to the dogs."
Madden is a resident of the township, Walbert told Bollinger.
Walbert then noted that the township is in search of any resident who would like to serve as an alternate on the Planning Commission.
Details can be found on the township's website, www.lowertowtwp.com.
In other business:
- Walbert personally thanked the ski area, especially Barbara Green, who was in attendance, for the "fine work you did out at the recreation area for us."
- Supervisor Jesse Mendez thanked Brent Green, who helped the township obtain an additional price quote to repair its yellow Peterbilt truck. That move, Mendez said, ended up saving the township about $3,000.
- Walbert noted that Dairy Road will soon be shut down so that the township can repave it. The date of closing will be posted on the township's web site.