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Referral to Ross angers officials

Published August 15. 2013 05:04PM

Has a Lower Towamensing Township man crossed the line after his remarks alluded to last week's shooting in Ross Township?

Lower Towamensing Township's board of supervisors' chairman believes so, and said as much to resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday.

The matter unfolded shortly after Bollinger asked the board if they had the minutes from last month's meeting because he said he was in the process of talking when the meeting was adjourned.

"At that time, I saw pages going, and I was still talking," Bollinger said. "I said, 'What's going on; don't you people want to hear what I have to say.'"

Green told Bollinger the township doesn't do the meeting minutes verbatim, and that a motion was both made, and seconded, to end the meeting.

Regardless, Bollinger said he was frustrated with how Green, as board chairman, handled the situation.

"He knocked the meeting off while I was still talking," he said. "I didn't get a chance to say what I want to to say."

Bollinger then referenced Green's age 20 and told him, "If you ever pull that on me, you're going to be in trouble. What stops me from talking."

Green immediately responded to Bollinger, and said, "Nobody is in trouble, Herman."

Bollinger retorted, "You guys are going to learn the hard way, and you can take that from Herman Bollinger."

The board then attempted to begin their discussion under supervisors' business when Bollinger stated, "You know what happened in Ross Township."

At that, Green banged the gavel and told Bollinger, "Now, you're going past the line."

Green then told Bollinger that if he didn't stop his behavior, he would be removed from the meeting.

Prior to the start of the meeting, supervisors held a moment of silence for the victims who were killed in last week's shooting at the Ross Township Municipal Building while their board of supervisors' meeting was in progress.

In other business, supervisors:

• Announced that work on the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. continues.

• Agreed, on a 2-0 vote, with an abstention from Green, to purchase $300 worth of paint to assist Colin Green in his Eagle Scout project at the Aquashicola playground.

• Decided against the purchase of a legal filing cabinet for township zoning officer Duane Dellecker after a motion by Green to purchase one at a cost not to exceed $230 failed due to the lack of a second.

• Tabled a request to purchase a boom mower.

• Granted a three-month extension to Caron Associates.

• Approved the Brian Stroup resolution.

• Adopted a resolution for the Agility Program.

• Appointed Green as the township's Council of Government representative, and Supervisor Ron Walbert as an alternate.

• Agreed to set up a Facebook page on the township's website.

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