Towamensing Township regulates rec fields
Towamensing Township supervisors drew up plans for regulating the use of the recreation fields last week.
"It is municipal property," said Supervisor Tom Newman, "and residents live in the surrounding area."
Field use is to be limited to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Alcohol is banned. Loud music will not be permitted.
The concession stand will be closed from Nov. 1 to April 1 because of the possibility of freezing water pipes. If a schedule runs late the association can have another week to close up.
The roadmaster will winterize the building and will mow every two weeks.
Mike Netznik Jr. of the Palmerton-Towamensing Athletic Association asked if the land could be purchased by the association, which would take 100 percent of the responsibility off the township. Later, a possible lease was also mentioned. The board would review any proposals on these options.
Netznik said the only complaint the association heard was about noise. That problem was solved by turning the speakers on the PA system to face a different direction.
The association would like to extend the hours to 10 p.m. during the week and 10:30 on Friday and Saturday.
Supervisors questioned the hours as being too late for kids. Netznik said no one under age 10 would be playing late.
Supervisor Penny Kleintop said she has received complaints about the hours, but no one came to the supervisors' meeting to comment.
Supervisor Guy Seifert said they can expect changes to the parking to improve drainage.
Netznik said they put $30,000 into the fields for dirt and fencing.
Brian Taschler asked about a plan submitted April 2013 for lights on the Babe Ruth field. The association did not receive a reply either in approval or denial.
A 90-day extension was granted to Frederick R. and Nancy J.G. Collins for 1545/1595 Hazlewood Road, Towamensing Township.
The plan calls for subdividing a 13.803-acre lot into a 10.576-acre plot and a 3.227-acre plot and building two houses.
Kleintop was sworn in by solicitor Tom Nanovic as the newly elected supervisor. Her husband, John, held his father John Sr.'s Bible for the ceremony.
The $1,320,750 budget was approved without raising taxes, which remain at 2 mills.
Kleintop wants mandatory recycling for commercial garbage customers but Newman said there is no way to enforce it. Newman said businesses needs someone to be helpful, not make more regulations. It was tabled.
Subdivision fees have been raised from $200 to $500. This year only $1,000 was added to the rec fund from Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance fees.
Garbage fees remain at $190, family; $125, senior couple and $105 for single seniors. There is a $5 discount if paid by the end of January. Late fees will be raised to $20 per month.
The end of year meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The reorganization meeting will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 6.
Mary Beth Beers said there will be a church tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 28, with 13 churches including two in Towamensing. Cost is one nonperishable food item to be dropped at the Heritage Center.
The Towamensing Historical Commission is asking residents for recipes or short memory stories to put together a book as a fundraiser for the Greenzweig School.
They can be sent to email@example.com.
Newman said the township lost a good friend with the death of Larry (the map guy) Stawiarski. Donations can be made to Our Lady of Angels Academy in his memory.