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Resident says board chairman is too young

Published March 13. 2013 05:02PM

Lower Towamensing Township's presiding officer will remain in his seat despite being told by one resident he's too young to be in charge.

Resident Herman Bollinger told board Chairman Brent Green on Tuesday that he believes he is too young to serve as chairman of the board of supervisors.

Green, 20, is believed to be the youngest supervisor of any municipality in Carbon County. Supervisors appointed him as board chairman at their reorganizational meeting in January.

Bollinger cited an instance at last month's board meeting in which a man questioned whether the township had a junkyard ordinance in place.

That Supervisor Ron Walbert was the one to address the request, and not Green, according to Bollinger, is an example of why he believes Green should not be chairman.

Bollinger told Green that he's young, and that he believes Walbert - who had previously served as board chairman - should have remained in that capacity.

"I think you changed a little bit too quick," Bollinger said. "I think the move was made too quick."

Bollinger then said to Green "I thought maybe I could get you to switch."

For his part, Green told Bollinger "you're entitled to your own opinion."

Questioned by a reporter after the meeting, Green said he's perfectly comfortable in his role.

"I don't like running a one-man show," Green said. "I think there's a better perspective when we come together and offer different ideas and perspectives."

Earlier in the meeting, Bollinger again requested that an additional stop sign be placed near the intersection of Lower Smith Gap and Covered Bridge Inn roads.

However, Green said there are stops signs already in place at the intersection.

Board solicitor Jim Nanovic told the board "I'd rather you have the engineer out there first."

"We agree for safety," Nanovic said. "Not just anybody can put a sign there."

Supervisors unanimously agreed to have the township engineer check into the matter as soon as possible.

The intersection has been the scene of several accidents in the past, the most recent of which occurred in January.

In an unrelated matter, Green said supervisors weren't sure how they were going to handle the recycling program.

"We're anticipating our bins to be removed the week of March 18, but until the bins are removed, you can use it," he said. "We are looking at other options, meeting with people; we're not sure yet."

In other business, supervisors:

- Announced that Spotts, Stevens, & McCoy sent the township a letter last month that they would no longer serve as the township's sewage enforcement officer, as they no longer provide those services. Supervisors then decided they would call other companies to see if they would want to serve the township in that area.

- Agreed to have a phone company come in and evaluate the township municipal building's phone system.

- Approved an extension for the Harry/Elaine Eckhart minor subdivision plan until July 31.

- Agreed to grant resident Clair Witmer a garbage extension.

- Awarded various stone/gravel bids to Lehigh Asphalt, Hanson Aggregates, and Eureka Stone Quarry.

- Awarded various blacktop bids to Lehigh Asphalt and Hanson Aggregates.

- Agreed to purchase an ad for the Carbon County Fair.

- Approved the Recreation Board minutes/appointments.

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