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Chestnuthill Twp. to pay for Comprehensive Management Study

  • LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Zachary I. Boulanger listens as Chestnuthill Township supervisor Chris Eckert reads a resolution congratulating Boulanger for completing his Eagle Scout project which was to replace gravel where it had eroded on the trails…
    LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Zachary I. Boulanger listens as Chestnuthill Township supervisor Chris Eckert reads a resolution congratulating Boulanger for completing his Eagle Scout project which was to replace gravel where it had eroded on the trails in Chestnuthill Township Park.
Published August 23. 2012 05:01PM

The board Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors approved, 3-0, to have JLN Associates do a Comprehensive Management Study at a cost of $18,520. The amount of $18,500 had been budgeted for this purpose.

Resident Leon Clark objected to this stating he thought it should be advertised and open for bids and thought someone or a company from Pennsylvania should be getting the job.

Attorney Michael Collins commended the board for the action stating that it might lower the township's insurance because doing the study, "may save you money."

Collins had been asked to review West End Fire Company insurance proposals and to offer his recommendation. He stated that the township had received three proposals, two from the Hoffman Agency (one from Selective-$30,000 and the other from Philadelphia-$19,000 and the Hoffman Agency is the agency the township currently has its policy with) and one from Dreher Agency ($24,000). Collins recommended the proposal from Dreher saying that the coverage was comparable to what it was receiving now and was more cost effective.

Supervisor Dave Fleetwood said he would like it if there could be further discussion about the three proposals with the three companies before a decision could be made and Supervisor Chris Eckert agreed. Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould asked Collins if he would set that up and he said he would. Supervisor Chairman Gould said that members of the West End Fire Co. would be informed so they could attend that meeting.

Someone asked if they did put the fire company's insurance out for bid, would they do the same thing when the township's came due and Supervisor Chairman Gould said, yes they would. It would be due in January.

In a Bonser Drive update, David Albright, the township manager said that Craig Todd, director of the Monroe County Conservation District, attended a meeting with Chris McDonald to discuss concepts of infiltration versus moving water to the McMichaels. McDermott recommends no infiltration. Todd said it would be possible to move the water to McMichaels Creek and that there were grants available to do so. Albright asked McDermott for cost estimates so grants could be applied for. As of the meeting, no cost estimates had been submitted yet.

Resident Stuart Thody said that quite a considerable amount of residents have not decided to erect 9-1-1 signs and he wanted to know at what point was the township going to uphold the penalty for not putting up the numbers.

Supervisor Fleetwood said he didn't know when or how because that would be determined by the zoning officer.

Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Park and Open Space Commission, said he has sold 2,800 signs and Supervisor Fleetwood said he know's Argot's True Value Hardware Store has sold several and continues to sell them.

Resident Clark stated that he was again going on record as saying he thought that residents should not be penalized for not putting up 9-1-1 number signs that there might be people who could not afford it.

Resident Marie Sottile asked "Is $15 not worth a life?" to which he replied that "It's also priceless to abide by the Constitution."

Marie Sottile thanked the board for putting a temporary stop sign at Woods Crossing and Buffalo Street adding that she would love to see it become a permanent one.

Someone asked what was the status of the township's signs' name changes and township manager Albright said that 95 percent where in place by now.

When the board asked for approval of the July 3 and July 16 meetings, resident Clark objected, stating that he did not believe the minutes reflected what was discussed at the previous meeting.

The board voted to approve (3-0) the Monroe County Grant Agreement for the Open Space Romascavage property. Township manager Albright said that the township received 50 percent of a $100,000 grant it applied for from Monroe County. The township is waiting to receive another $50,000 from the state.

The board also approved, 3-0:

*a donation request of $100 for an ad in the Pleasant Valley football program, which has been budgeted

*first refusal. Charles and Henry Hoffman owns 40 acres within a township conservation easement. The family has a valid proposal of sale and Twp. manager Albright recommended it be released.

*appointing attorney Jim Ferrari to the Regional Planning Commission. He will be paid $140 an hour for services. The fee is shared by Chestnuthill Jackson, Eldred and Ross Townships. Chestnuthill's share will be $72 an hour, going by per capita in each of the townships.

*accepted the resignation of Matt Connell's resignation as a Planning Commission member, due to the increase demands of his job and feeling like he could not meet his obligations. Supervisor Eckert stated that it was a pleasure to work with Connell for the last six years and that he will miss him.

*appointed Jeffrey Weiss to the position on the Planning Commission vacated by Matt Connell.

Supervisor Eckert read an Eagle Scout Resolution for Zachary I. Boulanger. Boulanger has been working on his Eagle Scout project at Chestnuthill Township Park, replacing gravel that has eroded from the gravel trails. He has between 150-160 hours into the project. He will receive his Eagle Scout on Aug. 25.

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