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Walter W. Mock Park still bone of contention with Eldred resident

Published February 09. 2012 05:01PM

Eldred Township resident Richard Zilmer told the Eldred Township board of supervisors that he is opposed to the creation of the Walter W. Mock Park on the lot east of his house and the parking area on the lot north of his house, to be located off Church Road. He asked if anyone contacted Mrs. Jacqueline Mock about a request to move the parking lot.

Michael Kaspszyk, township solicitor, said that he had spoken to Mrs. Mock and she did not wish to allow any more acreage on the portion by the tot lot to be used for parking.

To move the parking lot would create additional engineering costs for the township.

Supervisor Gretchen Gannon Pettit said the board felt that by moving the parking lot behind the fence row could create vandalism since the lot could not be seen by cars passing by on Church Road.

Solicitor Kaspszyk added that in order to change what is now in place, the entire agreement of sale would have to be changed.

Mr. Zilmer believes his property value will go down because of the park. He wanted to know what kind of trees are to be planted. The board said there was a list they could choose from and that they would most likely choose an arborvitae, a fast growing tree.

Additional questions raised about the Mock park concerned:

*a gate and the board said the township is researching on the Internet on various types.

*who should be called in case of trespassers and the board said one should call 9-1-1 or the state police.

*nighttime lighting and the board said that there would be no nighttime activities but if lighting were to become an issue, it would be of a type that would only light the parking lot, not the surrounding properties.

The board suggested that the park should be looked at with a positive attitude, not a negative attitude, and as a benefit to all surrounding property owners.

Mr. Zilmer stated he is still opposed to the park.

Supervisor Gannon Pettit reported that the hike at the Walter W. Mock Park held on Jan. 29, was a great success with about 35 people. The had to turn away about 15 people.

In other township business the board approved, 3-0:

*Resolution 2012-1, to appoint a liaison between the township and Berkheimer, the duly appointed tax collector of earned income and local services tax for the district "for the express purpose of sharing confidential tax information with the district for official purposes."

*Resolution 2012-2 for closing out the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant for the Master Site Plan for the Walter W. Mock Park.

*an extension request for lands of Vernon Frable subdivision plan until April 30, 2012

The board received a letter from the elected auditors, notifying them that the working supervisors' rates are at the same rate as 2011: Clair Borger, $20 an hour; Sharon Solt, $17.81 an hour; Gretchen Gannon Pettit, $13.77 an hour.

Supervisor Solt explained that the storage room needed shelving. She offered obtained prices from Grainger in the amount of $650 plus $154.98 for shipping. The board voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of six shelving units at a cost of $805.08.

Resident Archie Craig said he noticed advertisements hanging on some residents' doorknobs and asked if the township had any knowledge of them. The board said they did not. Another resident thought they might be for selling water purification systems.

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