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Speed limit signs requested on Penn Forest Road South

  • ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Carol Copeland, former chairman of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission.
    ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Karl Rolappe presents a plaque to Carol Copeland, former chairman of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission.
Published October 08. 2012 05:03PM

Clay Andrews, who lives on Penn Forest Road South, asked Towamensing Township supervisors on Oct. 4 if speed limit or children playing signs can be placed on the road. Everyone on the road had signed petitions requesting a 25-mile-per-hour sign.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said the problem is enforcement. Stable Road's limit was lowered to 35 mph but few obey the signs.

Solicitor Tom Nanovic said it would have to be done by ordinance or the state police cannot enforce it.

"Give us the 'children playing' sign. It might help," said Andrews. Supervisor Guy Seifert said the roadmaster would be sent to look into the problem.

Charles Laviolette, Towamensing representative to the Palmerton Area Library Board, asked if the library could send out fundraising letters with the garbage bills. Last year they provided help with the township mailing and would be willing to do so again.

Billy Cyr, CEO of Sunny Delight Beverages, talked about the importance of the library in a banquet following the fundraising golf tournament. He presented a challenge donation of $2,500.

The Wednesday Homework Helper classes need people to tutor from 3 to 4:15 p.m. There are other positions open also.

A mural has been completed in the basement. A scavenger hunt, called The Hunt, will be held on Halloween . There will be prizes for anyone completing the hunt before 7:45 p.m.

A quilt show at the library is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Karl Rolappe, chairman of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission, said a public hayride and bonfire will be held Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. It will be held at Olde Homestead Tree Farm.

He talked to the Kuehners about scheduling a final meeting for the transfer and lease of the Greenzweig School. Tarps on the roof are the only thing that needs to be done immediately.

When the board approves the lease and transfer, Nanovic will send the papers he has prepared to the Kuehners. Supervisors Guy Seifert and Tom Newman asked for specifics about the cost to the township. At the July 7 meeting he said the cost to the township would be $147 for insurance and $600 for electricity. He provided other prices but said they would not be borne by the township but by pledges and volunteer effort. He added maintenance to that list for the township to pay but expects most maintenance to be handled by the commission.

Rolappe thinks a road should be around the school so buses can easily enter the grounds is a good idea.

Tom Newman made a motion to pursue the lease agreement.

A recognition award was presented to the prior chairman, Carol Copeland, who helped develop the protocols under which the commission works and provided outstanding service doing interviews

The conditional use agreement with Country Junction for wind turbines was signed. He has placed Halloween props on township property and will be asked to move them.

"We don't want to hinder his business but there are insurance concerns," said Kleintop.

Trick or treat is scheduled for Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

The fire police were approved to help at Palmerton's Veterans Day parade on Oct. 11. On Oct. 21 they will do traffic control at the Halloween parade.

A temporary appointment of Brenda Renkel to organize files in the zoning office was approved.

A budget workshop was scheduled for Oct. 18, 8 a.m., with a continuation on the 19th if needed.

Roadmaster Scott Mosier has done oil and chipping, worked on the ballfield, shoulder work and cleaned drainage pipes. There have been two reports from the Department of Environmental Protection about the ballfield.

Phone quotes came up with a price of $6,000 for guide rail to be placed on the Hemlock Street bridge and Forest Street. It is for 200 feet of rail at $30 a foot.

A check for $31,568 was received from the state Firemen's Relief Association and will be forwarded to the fire company.

Free flu shots will be provided at the fire company in Palmerton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be on a drive-through basis - which has the double benefit of providing the shots quickly and provides practice for an emergency.

New fire police Bob Daniels and William Magerman were sworn in.

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