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Cleanup weekend collects 13 tons of electronics

Published May 06. 2013 05:06PM

Spring cleanup weekend in Towamensing Township was held April 13-14. At the May 2 supervisors meeting it was reported there were 13 tons of electronic items collected, two tons of scrap metal and 15 tons of household waste.

A fall cleanup weekend will be held Sept.7-8.

Supervisor Penny Kleintop said some people made multiple trips to bring everything to the township building.

Under public comment the Palmerton-Towamensing Athletic Association continued the discussion held at a recreation meeting at which lighting at the Babe Ruth field was the only item of discussion.

In support of lighting Jacob Tashler said he will be moving into Babe Ruth and lights would let him play more games .

"I want to get enough experience so I can play for the high school," he said.

By the end of the discussion there had been no change. Supervisors said they would not permit the cap on the landfill to be broken and the association was arguing in favor of lighting. Supervisors would permit portable lights which were said to be too expensive at the earlier meeting and said to not be tall enough at 30 feet at this meeting.

Bruce Taschler said baseball is a way of preventing the use of drugs and alcohol by providing an alternative. There were three drug related deaths in the county in a one-month period.

Supervisor Guy Seifert asked them not to villanize the township because it did not say they won't approve lights later but will not now.

Steve Parisi said there are still some agreements to be signed and a highway occupancy permit is needed for a public access to the state police barracks to be built at Sei Pei Road and Route 209. He said the HOP is subject to right of way issues.

Parisi said he needs the development agreement to get a letter of credit, and needs the letter of credit to get a building permit. Supervisors said they could have the agreements signed in the coming week.

The final agreement will be for operations and maintenance.

Township land at Forest Inn has received its occupancy permit.

Karl Rolappe, chairman of the Towamensing Historical Commission, said Richard Ratti owns a historic voting building. If he wants to demolish it he needs a permit, but there is someone who wants to move it to his property.

Ratti wants the history of the building and at this time does not want to demolish it.

Rolappe said the index of historic buildings has to be updated every two years. Most of the changes were in buildings - some that fell down, some with some repairs and some places with additional buildings.

Volunteers will begin working on Greenzweig School. Seifert asked if they were ready for him to fix the roof, but the legal issues have not been completed.

Greg Haas of Carbon Engineering said the permit has been issued for replacement of Koch Bridge in 2014. The road will be closed and detours will be listed on Facebook.

The township is waiting for documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disabled veterans will receive a discount on garbage bills.

The use of the Towamensing Fire Police in the Palmerton American Legion Memorial Day parade was approved.

Seifert said work continues on the softball field. Approval was received for a larger drainage swale than what had been planned. Dirt removed there will be taken to the Forest Inn property.

Increased demands are being made by township residents for recycling. The newest addition is a collection site for commingled paper - newspapers and junk mail together.

The Owl Creek Bridge was to be closed in May or June but there was a reminder that the triathlon uses that route in May. Residents are asked to check Facebook for a closing date.

Zoning hours are May 8, 16, 22 and 29 or by appointment by contacting or calling 610-681-4202.

Emergency management coordinator Tom Newman said an RSAN (Roam Secure Alert Network) registration is available to help contact people in an emergency. When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will notify you using the Roam Secure Alert Network providing real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do and not to do, and who to contact plus more. Check the website at to log on.

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