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Bonser Drive resolution still in the works

Published October 12. 2012 05:02PM

At the Oct. 2 Chestnuthill Township board of supervisors' meeting, township engineer Chris McDermott said he submitted background material to David Albright, township manager, to submit for financial aid for work on Bonser Drive that involves moving water via piping to the stream. The estimated cost is $472,625.

Albright said he looked into two programs for long term loans. PennVEST requirements would be that the area would have to be shovel ready and it must have an infiltration system. The township wanted to use piping.

The USDA Community Facilities Program's long term loan program is available to communities with a population under 20,000, and it wouldn't have to be shovel ready.

Supervisor Chris Eckert wondered if it would be a benefit to reach out to Congressman Lou Barletta. Albright said he look into it because the township would prefer not to apply for a loan. He is still pursuing possible grants.

Resident Marie Sottile said her offer to sell her property to the township to alleviate the problem was still out there.

When the supervisors approved the minutes of the regular supervisors' meeting of Sept. 4 and the Sept. 17 bill-paying meeting, resident Leon Clark wanted his objections to the minutes to be noted.

Submitted for the Oct. 2 minutes as correspondence was a request from Erica Smith for stop signs to be installed at the intersection of Little Twig/Birch Hollow and for a speed study. With the request, a petition with over 30 names was submitted.

Also submitted as correspondence was an 11-page letter from Leon Clark.

Bernie Kozen, executive director of West End Regional Park and Open Space Commission, said that they would be co-sponsoring the October Fest event at Miller Park on Saturday, Oct. 13.

There will be a Trick or Treat event at the Chestnuthill Township Park building on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. with prizes for the cutest, scariest, funniest and most original costumes for children ages 12 and under.

Kozen said the Regional Park Phase I is about 99 percent completed.

Supervisor Vice-Chairman David Fleetwood reported that the Chestnuthill Twp. Historical Society (CTHS) will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the park building. On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Chestnuthill Twp. 250th committee will meet at the municipal building at 6:30 p.m.

Resident Leon Clark asked how much the committee has raised so far for the celebration and Supervisor Fleetwood said there was nothing raised yet. Clark wondered if the township would be able to help with the cost and Fleetwood said the committee did not want to burden the taxpayers with any more than they have to. Clark said maybe the surplus from last year's snow removal could be used and Supervisor Chairman Chuck Gould said that the township cannot use those funds for anything but snow removal.

The West End Volunteer Fire Co. wants to have its original 1932 Buffalo 750 GPM pumper restored and is looking for donations from the community to help with that project. If anyone would like to make a donation, call Eric Hoffman, fire chief or Jeff Weiss, president, at (570) 992-4121 or contact

Resident Nancy Christman announced that the CTHS was hosting a walk through the Gilbert Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited and asked to bring along a flashlight.

In Donald Zipp's director of emergency management report for the month of September:

• West End Ambulance responded to 142 calls, nine of them requiring two ambulances

• West End Vol. Fire Co. responded to 80 calls

• There will be a full scale emergency management exercise on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. During that time, Firehouse Lane will be closed. Fire police will be on the scene to detour traffic. During the exercise, they will be opening their Emergency Operations Center. This exercise will also include the Pleasant Valley School District.

• The Pennsylvania State Police responded to 302 calls for service which included 13 residential burglaries, one sex offense, one accidental shooting, 22 thefts and seven DUI arrests.

In new business, the board approved:

• The right of first refusal to buy 18 acres Russel and Denise Gould want to sell with a 2-0 vote with Supervisor Chairman Gould abstaining because he was a relative

• Authorized advertising for bids for the sale of the township's 1997 GMC dump truck and 1988 White fifth wheel tractor, on a vote of 3-0.

• The next township supervisors' meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 because Nov. 6 is Election Day. At that time it will be determined if there will be a need to schedule a second meeting in November.

• Ken and Donna Murphy a vacant repository lot, which does not perk, adjacent to their existing property, contingent upon it being deeded by April 1, 2013.

• 3 Twins Realty Partner, LP (Rita's Italian Ice) storm water agreement modification, 3-0

Kinsley's ShopRite Market has two proposed tenants for its old location along Route 209. At one time, the building had two stores, the market and CVS Pharmacy. CVS moved out and the store tore down the inside wall to enlarge the grocery store. Now Kinsley's wants to put the wall back in and was asking for a waiver to not have to go through a new land development plan. The board voted 3-0 to grant the waiver, but is contingent to the installation of sidewalks within two years.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. there will be a sidewalk ordinance hearing at the municipal building.

The board approved, 3-0, the Local Share Account Grant Resolution 2012-6. The resolution is needed in order for the township to apply for a Local Share Account Grant in the amount of $682,810 for road construction on Lake Mineola Road.

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