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Towamensing hopes to continue recycling

Published March 09. 2013 09:02AM

Towamensing Township is being inundated with calls about recycling since the county quit its program.

This was among the topics discussed during the monthly meeting on the township's board of supervisors.

Township Supervisor Penny Kleintop said, "We are adamant that we will continue our recycling that was begun in the 1990s. We are trying to get vendors to come and pick up some materials. The roadmaster (Scott Mosier) worked on a sketch to utilize the small amount of land we have. We continue to collect plastics, aluminum cans, tin, cardboard, and both clear and colored glass. Whenever you bring something to recycle, it's less going to a landfill."

Tires, because of mosquitoes when they become water filled, and paper need indoor sites for storage. Supervisor Tom Newman wants to find someone who will accept newspaper. One church in Palmerton takes them if the papers are bundled. Electronics may be left to the right of the gate into the recycling area.

The township is instituting two cleanup weekends per year with the first to be April 13-14. Large items should be brought to the municipal building on those dates rather than to be put out for garbage collection.

This includes couches, stoves, refrigerators and bicycles, among others.

There is a charge for anything with freon such as refrigerators because the freon has to be removed.

In other matters:

• Dumpsters have been placed at Twin Flower Acres that has private roads, which are so bad the truck cannot travel on them. Residents expressed gratitude.

• Karl Rolappe, chairman of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission, announced that the papers had been signed for ownership of the Greenzweig one room school, and for the lease of related property.

He thanked Lana Kuehner and Susan Zavagansky, owners of the property; Rudy Wolf, surveyor who donated his work; Tom Nanovic, who donated work above a set level; the supervisors; and "everyone else who worked on making this venture become a reality."

He also thanked community businesses that pledged support of labor and materials; and the TIMES NEWS for keeping the community informed.

The school is on land commonly known as the Nicky Kuehner farm.

Approval was tabled until the insurance could be checked for coverage of the school.

• Clay Andrews, who requested a "Children at Play" sign for Forest Street, asked about the status of it. He was told it is on order.

• Lakeview Estates requested an extension until March 2014. A letter of credit will be required along with the extension.

• Woods Campground had a previously approved plan but it cannot be found in the files. Pat Gremling of Woods came in to be sure there were no problems with signing a new copy. He was advised there are no changes.

• Sean Corey was named sewage enforcement officer, and Scott Bieber was named the alternate.

• Fire police use was approved for the Blue Mountain 5K race on May 11 and the Carbon County Fair, Aug. 6-10.

• Bids are being accepted for a garbage disposal site (transfer station) until April 4, 3 p.m.

• An Ag Security meeting was set for March 15 at 2 p.m. Kleintop said the township was left off a list printed in the TIMES NEWS giving acreages by township. Kleintop sent a letter to the editor to correct it.

• Townships are applying for county tax records and GIS mapping to aid zoning and planning. The initial cost is $1,200 and then $100 a month.

• Brian Tashchler and Michael Netznik Jr. from the Palmerton-Towamensing Athletic Association want to put lights on the Babe Ruth Field and asked for expedited approval. They also want an outfield fence. There will be sponsorship banners on the fence.

The stadium lights will require a new electrical service so contacting PPL is the first step. The second phase is installation of six 70-foot poles by Pencor, which will also run the underground wiring. The third phase is installation of eight 1,500-watt lights on each pole. That work will be by Crystal Spring Electric and All Trade Construction. It is hoped the work will be completed by May 1.

Solicitor Tom Nanovic said materials have to be donated to the township, not the association, and the township has to be on all insurances as an additional insured. The township will provide inspections and pay inspector Carl Faust's bill.

• Steve Parisi, who is doing planning work on a new state police barracks at Sei Pei Road and Route 209, wanted direction on where he stands. He has received some outstanding paperwork and submitted a request for a zoning permit.

He wants to continue with improvements to lower the required letter of credit, but cannot begin the building. Engineer Greg Haas is concerned that he be notified when underground facilities are completed for inspection. Haas said the plan has to be recorded or security for the improvements provided before a building permit will be issued.

The highway occupancy permit is only for construction. A regular one is needed from PennDOT.

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