No tax increase for East Penn
There will be no increase in taxes for East Penn residents, said supervisors at their Dec. 3 meeting. The millage remains at 7.635 mills.
The budgeted income is $1,269,914. Liquid fuel money from the state is expected to be $122,474, but can be used only for specific purposes connected to the roads.
Donations are $100 to the United Veterans Organization, $300 to the Lehigh Canal Committee and $3,000 to the park system.
The highway projects will cost $531,068 and maintenance adds another $55,000.
Expenses add up to $1,269,731. The budget shows $182 more in income than there is in expenses. The budget was adopted.
Under public comment Joe Ehritz asked why police are permitted to use the police cars to go back and forth to work and other private uses. Twice previously the police cars were used for private driving, he told the supervisors.
Each time the use was stopped. Now supervisors said other townships permit it.
Taking the cars out of the township wastes money and requires more maintenance than if used strictly for police work. Ehritz said the budget meetings went smoothly.
David Bryfogel asked about getting lights in Marvin Gardens so the flag can stay up at night. Supervisor Cory Smith said it was a misunderstanding that the lights can be added to the sewer plant hookup. Bryfogel said it can be brought from across the street.
He said he had even offered to pay the bill. He said it was something the supervisors have to resolve.
The group Bryfogel has been working with has raised half the money needed to put side monuments in Marvin Gardens for the Vietnam war.
Supporting Ehritz, he said the new Charger police car already has 50,000 miles on it. Supervisor Jake Nothstein said the extent of police usage for private purposes is "a lot of gossip."
Resident Harvey Keiper asked if supervisors heard anything after a letter was sent to Robert Balliet, owner of the property used by Clair Troxell. Balliet said the letter should be sent to Troxell.
He said Troxell is moving 60-70 foot trucks into the lot and blocks both lanes of Route 895 while doing so.
The solicitor, Jim Nanovic, will write again to Balliet saying there is an outstanding fine of $8,140 against him - and there is 60 days for Troxell to remove or store the equipment scattered on the property. If the conditions are not met both men will have contempt charges filed against them.
Duane Schleicher has a 180-day extension on his Fogel subdivision. It runs to June 7, 2013.
The Doris Goodhile-Arnold Loch lot-line adjustment received conditional rejection from the Carbon County planning commission. It has a plan extension to May 18, 2013.
Letters will go out to people with delinquent sewer accounts. If not paid by Feb. 1 the accounts will be turned over to a collection agency on Feb. 7.
The 2013 insurance has been renewed with Brown and Brown. The workman's compensation premium is $16,563.
A township map and directory will be prepared by Print Map, and should be ready by spring.
The Dec. 17 planning commission meeting has been cancelled.
Fire company breakfasts are cancelled. People who attended the breakfasts were thanked for helping the fire company.
There will be no year-end meeting. The next meeting is the reorganization on Jan. 7.
The office will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.