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Shire at Emerald Hills gets approval after 11 years

  • Towamensing Township Solicitor Tom Nanovic gave the oath of office to R. Bruce Reiner, the township's new tax collector. His office is at 135 Kennetta Lane, Palmerton. Reiner can be reached at (610) 377-4315 or…
    Towamensing Township Solicitor Tom Nanovic gave the oath of office to R. Bruce Reiner, the township's new tax collector. His office is at 135 Kennetta Lane, Palmerton. Reiner can be reached at (610) 377-4315 or Hours are Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, April 1 to Nov. 30.
Published February 07. 2012 05:02PM

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said an executive session had been held on Jan. 27 to discuss personnel and a brief meeting was held with the roadmaster prior to the Feb. 2 Towamensing supervisors' meeting, Scott Mosier, roadmaster, asked that Phil Costenbader be appointed as assistant roadmaster and Tom Costenbader as a crew member. Both were approved during the following meeting.

The Shire at Emerald Hills requested preliminary final approval because they had satisfied all comments from Engineer Ron Tirpak of Carbon Engineering. Waivers were requested and approved for a right to use plastic pipe rather than concrete and the method for stormwater calculation.

Because the plan has been under consideration for 11 years, Supervisor Guy Seifert asked about a timeline to get the improvements finished. He does not want it to take another dozen years to complete. Solicitor Tom Nanovic said an improvements agreement normally is for a year and the township can always take the line of credit to do the improvements itself.

The agreement can also be voided after five years by changing the ordinance, said Attorney Alan Young. He said developer Richard Morrissey can't control agency permitting and if there are problems with that they will have to come back and ask for an extension.

Seifert said the Department of Environmental Protection has changed rules, but Tirpak said the development is coming in under the new rules.

The conditions for approval are all of the engineer's comments except the two that were waived and an agreement with neighboring landowner Sandy Lizzio. The plan will be considered rejected if improvements are not finished by Feb. 2, 2013.

Resident George White said a public hearing was held at the Big Creek Grange to discuss the closing of the Carbon-Monroe Farm Service Agency office and combining it with Northampton County. The office is presently on Route 209.

Palmerton Area Library representative Charles Laviolette said there was a successful Girl Scout Librarypaloosa at the library, the teen advisory group met upstairs while a mini golf tournament was held downstairs. It raised $300. The art show had 96 entries with enough sales to provide $1,000 to the library. There will be a photography show in April, computer classes are scheduled and there will be a digital camera class on June 7. A downloadable library will provide e-reader materials from any library in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

Lorraine Strohl, 7720 Pohopoco Drive, said apartment residents have a postal and addressing problem. Mail for several homes is placed in three mailboxes and residents have to search through a pile to find what is specifically for them. Strohl said she has been told it is not a post office problem but a township one because addresses are not being established. It will be looked into.

Knirnschild said originally there was a single home with a single address but now there are four or five dwelling units. Strohl said the count would be closer to 12.

Resident Matthew George asked about the policy for hiring personnel. Seifert said unused applications are kept on file and a position is advertised if there is no one suitable with an application on file.

George said water runoff had been discussed with water from township property running over Earl Beers' fields. What about the runoff from Country Junction that runs over his property? he asked. There should be some water containment there.

Firechief Wayne Knirnschild asked if the township could install a clutch in the brush truck. It had repaired fire company vehicles before. Supervisor Guy Seifert asked if it was needed right away. It is and will be done when the township has time.

Village Fest for 2012 is under consideration.

Sean Corey of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy was appointed sewage enforcement officer. The position was tabled during reorganization. Paul Pendzick is assistant SEO. Jennie Chang was appointed solicitor to the zoning board and planning commission. George Karas, zoning chair, reported Don Bonett was appointed vice chair and William "Butch" Acierno is a new member of the board. Karas reminded everyone that the zoning board is not influenced by outside groups and that a fair-hearing approach is to get the entire story. Jim Shaffer was appointed to the planning commission replacing Guy Seifert who resigned after being elected to the supervisors' board.

Three commercial garbage accounts will be given notice that if there is no attempt on their part to pay past due bills garbage will not be picked up after 30 days and it will be taken to court. Nanovic was authorized to write an amendment allowing non-pickup of residential garbage that has not been paid. Two hundred residents will be given notice before turning it over to a collector.

R. Bruce Reimer was sworn in as the new tax collector.

A zoning-subdivision workshop will be held Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Kevin Kleintop was named as an on-call crew member. Applications will be accepted so there is a list of available people when needed.

Clearing the new ball-field area will be advertised. It will cover the removal of standing trees, downed trees and cleanup. If no acceptable bids are received the road crew will do the work.

Supervisor Tom Newman said Malcom Campbell, a historical commission member, is hospitalized. Anyone wanting to send a card may get the address from Secretary Lora Nothstein.

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