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East Penn approves a prevailing wage reform resolution

Published March 07. 2012 05:00PM

A bill is under discussion in the state legislature that will raise the level at which municipalities have to pay prevailing wage on work they have done. East Penn supervisors approved a resolution at their March 5 meeting in support of the legislation. The resolution will be forwarded to Rep. Doyle Heffley.

In public comment Harvey Keiper asked why properties were not being hooked up to the West Bowmans sewer system. He was under the impression that when the township said it would file liens on those properties that it intended to do the hookups.

Solicitor Jim Nanovic said that would require the township to pay the money out upfront and Balliet is getting rental fees. Of 113 properties, 53 are not hooked up.

Resident Pete Nowlan said if there is raw sewage in West Bowmans, it would be a health issue.

Supervisors said sewage enforcement officer Carl Wolfe was out to check and it is only gray water. However, that is considered raw sewage.

It's been a year since Clair Troxell filed an appeal in Commonwealth Court against an $800,000 judgment and nothing has been heard. Keiper asked it it would be another year. Nanovic said he did not know how long.

Joe Ehritz suggested the road shoulders should be cut back to keep water off the streets. He asked if a monthly report on the Troxell and Lehigh Asphalt court cases could be put on the agenda so people do not have to keep asking about them.

Jai Mertz said the doors and windows are left open at what had been a community center and is now owned by Troxell. Zoning officer Rich Dietrich will check.

Bill Roth asked if anything could be done about speeding on Route 895. He said he has not seen the police lately except at the police station.

Supervisor Herb Truhe said the police department is being restructured and people will see major changes.

Roth asked what can be done about trespassers since hunters no longer have to wear their licenses. He was told to call the police.

Engineer Bruce Steigerwalt said a small portion of the township is considered urbanized and is associated with Allentown and Bethlehem. Since 2003 the requirement for an MS-4 (stormwater sewer) permit has automatically been waived but this year it is not. Steigerwalt was authorized to apply for a waiver and, if required, for a permit. The permits come through the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor received permission to install temporary porta potties and use the park and trail for a run on Nov. 4.

Supervisor John Strockoz requested an executive session with the police and supervisors because he does not understand what is happening concerning the police. It will be scheduled.

The March 19 planning commission meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is April 16.

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