Towamensing supervisors say ashes must by bagged for garbage pickup
Special to the Times News Towamensing Solicitor Tom Nanovic gives the oath of office to R. Bruce Reimer, the new tax collector.
Towamensing supervisors said ashes have to be bagged or will not be picked up.
At Last Thursday's meeting it was pointed out that the ashes blow back in the collectors' faces when they are left in an open container, and the dust continues to blow off the truck, creating an unhealthy condition.
"It is like bits of glass hitting their faces," said Supervisor Penny Kleintop.
As an alternative, residents can take the ashes to the municipal building and dump them in the salt shed.
Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild asked if there was any enforcement method for putting out reflective address signs. When supervisor Guy Seifert asked if the fire company had a list of people who do not have the numbers up, he was told it does not have the manpower to go to all houses and check.
Knirnschild estimates there is only 20 percent compliance and that the company has even gone out and put them up for people.
"People say if my house is on fire you will see it, but by then it's too late," said Knirnschild.
The subject came up because in the previous week a house could not be found until it had been bypassed.
Susy Seifert was asked to bring up the subject of a posted speed sign for another person. The Lower Towamensing portion of Wintergreen Road is posted at 25 mph. In Towamensing it is not posted and the resident would like it to be.
Supervisor Tom Newman said he talked to the state police and was told if the township posted a road, it is responsible for enforcing it. A traffic study would have to be done before it could be posted.
Charles Laviolette, library representative, said the Palmerton library is working on a laptop area on the mezzanine. It will also have a commercial coffee maker. The area will be named Strohl-in for Dorothy Strohl who has worked at the library for 35 years and is retiring March 29.
He asked if the township would include the library on its web site.
Planning is underway for a September golf tournament which the library hopes will raise $10,000.
Resident George White asked how electronics will be disposed of since they are no longer going to be allowed in landfills. Kleintop said there will be two pickups by the county each year. There will be no charge for the township to recycle them.
A protocol will be written saying the items can be left at the township or picked up for residents who are unable to move them.
Phil Costenbader, road crew member, said there is no problem storing them in summer but in winter there is no room.
In other business:
• Bids were opened for clearing the softball field. The eight bids ranged from $649 to $45,000. It was tabled for evaluation. A special meeting will be held to award the bid.
• A public hearing for an amendment to the zoning ordinance about wind turbines will be held at 6:45 p.m. before the April meeting.
• Karl Piedmeier was named as an alternate on the zoning hearing board.
Engineer Ron Tirpak, representatives from Penn DOT and supervisors met at Country Junction to check the drainage water which runs over Matt George's property on the opposite side of Route 209. The report said everything was working as it should. They suggested George could go to Chris Storm at the Carbon County Conservation District.
• The part-time office assistant, Carol Copeland, resigned. The position will be advertised.
• An Ag Security meeting was set for March 23 at 3 p.m. Kleintop said five new properties are being added to the Ag Security area.
Resident Glenn Beers said the governor's budget cuts funding for land preservation in the 2013 budget. He said people should call or write their legislators to have it continue.
• Asphalt, stone and oil will be advertised for bids.
• Money budgeted for a truck will be used to buy a backhoe which has many uses such as working in swales, catch basins, handling recycling materials - a lot of functions that will be done easier, said Seifert.
• Zoning officer Christine Meinhart wants a mapping program that will show her what is in a location when she types an address. The main office, fire department and planning commission quickly said there would be use in their departments also. Meinhart is working on quotes.
• Tax collector R. Bruce Reimer needs a fee schedule ordinance for certification whether taxes are paid or not and for duplicates of original tax forms. The cost will be $15 and $6 respectively.
• Road inspections will be March 16 and 30, 8 a.m. to noon.
• Russ Frank applied for the next open position on the planning commission.