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Board approves rezoning change

Published August 28. 2012 05:00PM

A review of the July 23 minutes of a public hearing in front of the Polk Township Supervisors was the first item of business at Monday's regular Polk Township meeting. It was held at 8 a.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m. due to the West End Fair and possible related traffic problems.That review reiterated the rezoning of a 3.891-acre property of Nicusor Nistor on Hell Hollow Road from a Commercial Zone to a Residential-1 zone.

The board approved the change on July 23 in light of Solicitor James Fareri asking the board if they wanted to make a determination that evening, which they did with a 3-0 vote for approval of the change.

Several items were approved by the board at the Monday morning meeting including paying 90 percent of the bill of the repairs now completed in regard to the Lower Middle Creek bridge.That payment comes from the liquid fuels taxes. Ten percent of the total bill, $9,794 will be held until final paperwork from Mar-Allen is received.

The contractor did "a very good job," said township engineer Russell Kresge in regard to that work.

Residents Virginia Lamendola and Art Kearney expressed concern about extremely large rocks that were used as part of the work for when the stream fills up as the boulders narrow the stream.

Kearney mentioned the possibility of debris coming down and possibly causing a dam situation.

Chairman Brian Ahner responded that some manual work is still being planned on the channel.

The board approved the Vernon L. Frable Minor Subdivision-first submitted Aug. 6, 2007-with conditions, as per Planning Commission input, and also the Robert J. and Barbara M. Sforza H/W lot annexation plan, also with condition, that a favorable review by the Monroe County Planning Commission is received.

Solicitor Fareri reported that in regard to the Gonzalez matter, the judge had ordered the family to replace the sand mound in 45 days, although the family pleaded that they had no money. If said sand mound is not replaced the family can be asked to leave.

Several items are being worked on, including: a grant for Dotters Corner culvert; the township flood plain designation appeal, with Keystone working on it; the employee handbook, with the final draft being reviewed and Solicitor Fareri suggesting a table of contents be added to it; and a possible change in providing the uniforms for the township employees, by buying them or giving a uniform allowance rather than using a service for the uniforms. That could possibly save up to $3,000 per year, reported Supervisor Ahner.

A draft will be put together for the revision of the flood plain ordinance and the Board voted to approve the inclusion of the Lee Costenbader Farm Property into the Agricultural Security program in regard to the portion in Polk Township. The rest of said property is in Eldred Township.

Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Christian Lenway reported that the volunteers had been called out 31 times the past month, bringing the YTD calls to 123. He thanked the supervisors for their help and guidance with the recently held coin toss and announced that the fire company is holding a golf tournament in September.

He also announced that Fire Safety Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at the fire company and that the Polk volunteers will be addressing fire safety at the two Pleasant Valley elementary schools, Polk and Pleasant Valley Elementary, on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Zoning/Codes Officer Gerald Zurat reviewed his month's statistics, including 54 permits, including two new home starts, and 28 inspections, 4 complaints, and a variety of items either to be continued or corrected or are now in compliance

Secretary/Treasurer Nancy C. May reported that the township is still getting phone calls in regard to the countywide street addressing project. The County has said it is "all finished," said May. She and township staff have found folks do not want to put up signs for various reasons. She tries to explain the safety factors involved, including getting quicker help from emergency services if the numbers are visible.

She suggested the board consider mandatory recycling, but that, she said, was for consideration at another time.

Several other dates were announced, including the auction at the township in September, the Council of Governments golf tournament on Sept. 13 at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort; and the dedication of the Smithfield Township's Veterans Memorial at 1 p.m., Sept. 15.

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