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Parryville engineer refuses to service Riverwalck Saloon

Published October 30. 2013 05:00PM

Last May, Parryville Council thought it had ended the controversy concerning former zoning officer Richard Fedor by hiring Barry Isett and Associates engineering firm to handle both zoning and sewage issues.

Now the firm has notified the borough that it will discontinue servicing any aspect of building, zoning, sewage and building code inspections with properties owned by Mark Stemler because of conflicts with the agreement the borough signed with Stemler in December.

Mike Grant, council president, advised other council members this month about Isett's decision to withdraw his offer to service the entire community.

Stemler is the owner of Riverwalck Saloon. He has also purchased a second property on Main Street in Parryville.

Grant had said at the May meeting that having Barry Isett and Associates servicing Parryville makes it easier for the residents.

At that same meeting in May, council had accepted the resignation of Duane Dellecker as building code inspector because the agreement also limited Dellecker's duties with Stemler's properties.

Grant said that Barry Isett and Associates will continue to prepare the Act 537 sewage plan for the borough and service other residents with zoning, building, UCC building code inspections and sewage issues on an as-needed basis, but that he will be looking for someone else to do enforcement, building and sewage inspections with Riverwalck issues.

"Stemler said that he will use other inspectors," said Grant. "He can hire other inspectors. That is not a problem, but he must use us for zoning issues. He must work with us for zoning."

The agreement, signed in late December by Stemler and Grant, ended the borough's dispute with Riverwalck, which is located at 8 Centre St., and borders SR248. Attorney Michael Greek said back in January that he advised council to sign the agreement to move forward.

The agreement is linked to three Carbon County civil court cases and according to the agreement settles those disputes between Stemler and Parryville that had been ongoing for four years.

In the agreement, Stemler had specifically singled out Fedor, borough code enforcement officer Dellecker and borough sewage enforcement officer Shawn Corey to guarantee that they will no longer be involved in any way, directly or indirectly with him and Riverwalck, or any other business or property Stemler owns in Parryville.

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