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Chestnuthill Township supervisor sells dump truck

Published November 23. 2012 05:02PM

Bernie Kozen, director of West End Parks and Open Space, reported:

*about 500 children attended the township's Halloween Trick or Treat night on Nov. 3.

*people are already utilizing the new trail at the West End park

*Dec. 7, Santa Claus comes to Chestnuthill Township Park building

Don Zipp, manager of Chestnuthill Township Emergency Management's reported that Hurricane Sandy's high wind impact on the township caused downed trees and utility lines. The township's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was put into service Monday, Oct. 29 night at 6 p.m. and remained in service through Nov. 4. The West End Vol. Fire Co. responded to 56 related calls. At the peak, 7,563 locations were without power, lasting up to Nov. 4.

Zipp stated that if residents wish to report damage from the storm to PEMA, please contact the township office at 570-992-7247.

Supervisor Chris Eckert said that members of the EOC are unsung heroes. "They were here through the night on Oct. 29. They're all volunteers."

He also said that when the township held the Emergency Management full scale exercise, they got extremely high marks.

"There is a lot that goes on into the planning of all this. We appreciate their service."

Zipp's Emergency Management report also stated:

*West End Ambulance responded to 117 calls in October

*West End Vol. Fire Co. responded to 103 calls (49 in a nine-hour time frame)

*Pennsylvania State Police made 337 calls to township which included one attempted homicide, one aggravated assault, eight residential burglaries, one accidental shooting and 10 DUI arrests.

Resident Leon Clark said he objected to the content of public comments recorded in the minutes of the previous meetings as not reflective of what is said.

Chairman Gould said, "So noted."

Township solicitor Joseph McDonald said he received a letter of credit from Wayne Bank for Phase I of Kinsley's Plaza. The bond expires Dec. 29, 2012. The township still holds $8,532.49. The board of supervisors authorized township office manager Cathy Martinelli or McDonald, to send a letter to the bank that the township is not willing to release the bond until some remaining items are completed, having no doubt that they will be completed, but deciding to wait to release the remaining amount until then.

Resident Clark requested a copy of the letter and was told he would receive one.

The board approved, 2-0 (Supervisor vice Chairman Dave Fleetwood was absent):

*the sale of 1997 GMC dump truck with spreader and plow to L. Marki & Son, Inc. for $9,200.

*the sale of 1988 White tractor to Mike Veneziano for $1,600

*CVS sidewalk maintenance agreement

*new realignment of Bush Lane. New Brodheadsville will share the cost of a new road, the first 600 feet on Bush Lane with the rest of the amount from a grant the township received.

*authorize Attorney McDonald to advertise intent to hire a CPA to audit 2012 books

*lot line adjustment of Michael Latchmansingh property

The 2013 budget will be available for the public to view at the next township meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

Resident Stuart Thody said he hoped to see in the new budget two things ... money for repair and maintenance for the Merwinsburg Hotel. He said the property looks like a dump and the other thing was money for a celebration of the township's 250th anniversary in 2013.

Chairman Gould said that there was $5,000 in the line budget for the celebration.

Supervisor Eckert said that the budget is put together by department heads and will be available to the public and for open comment for a month before it is approved.

Resident Clark said that the $5,000 was never brought up at a public meeting before, to which Chairman Gould said it was brought up at the supervisors' meeting in November 2011. Clark said it was not and he had proof.

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