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Smith Gap resident refuses to remove refuse

Published June 14. 2012 05:01PM

Eldred Township Solicitor Michael Kaspszyk reported that resident Paul Wingert is still failing to comply with a September 2011 ruling from District Magistrate Justice Jolanna Krawitz of a trash-transfer station on his property located in Smith Gap. The township won that judgment from Krawitz stating that if he didn't clean the garbage from his property and cease bringing in more, he would be fined $300 a day. Solicitor Kaspszyk said he is still refusing to clean it up and it has now become an equity action.

Eldred Township supervisors opened bids they received for seal coat, paving and materials. They did not award any of the bids, making a decision to table them until they have a PA DOT engineer look over the contract specifications. There was a duplicate bid on seal coat from Asphalt Maintenance and Dosch King. Supervisor Chairman Clair Borger stated the same thing happened at the Polk Township supervisors meeting and that they had representatives from both companies at the meeting and a coin was flipped to determine who won the bid. He said Eldred might have to do the same thing.

The board received a letter from the township's Planning Commission stating it recommended the board vote in favor of all requests, except for one of the five, for waivers from Diana and Ernest Laudenslager II minor subdivision plan. The board voted 3-0 to grant four waivers and denied the fifth with noted conditions on the plan.

The board granted an extension of the Vernon Frable minor subdivision until Oct. 6, 2012.

Resident Helen Mackes said there were two Monroe County 175th Anniversary books still available and then immediately sold both.

Supervisor/Township Secretary Sharon Solt said Design Matters is holding a workshop on Wednesday, June 20 at the Monroe County Public Safety Center in Snydersville. It is about using design guidelines to shape a community and is sponsored by the American Planning Association. She thought it would be worthwhile for the supervisors and staff to attend.

Supervisor Vice President Gretchen Gannon Petit said the township received a partial payment of $20,000 of a $40,000 grant it received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to begin land development of the Walter W. Mock Park for the proposed Tot Lot, gravel driveway, parking lot of 20 spaces and landscaping.

Resident Richard Zilmer asked if that $20,000 would cover all those items and Supervisor Gannon Petit said it would.

Resident Tom Byrne said he saw soybeans coming up on the Mock/Eldred property and wanted to know if the township reaped anything from that and Supervisor Solt said that the township receives $490 a year from it.

Boy Scout Alex Steigerwalt was acknowledged in the audience. He is working toward his Eagle Scout.

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