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Lower Towamensing Township receives permit to access Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C.

Published January 08. 2014 05:00PM

Lower Towamensing Township has received a permit to access the lower gate to its recreation park.

Resident Herman Bollinger on Tuesday revisited the township's use of the lower gate to the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.

"I still ain't satisfied with this permit business at the playground because it's not put at the right place," Bollinger told supervisors.

He then questioned the board as to what took the township so long to obtain the permit.

Supervisors' Chairman Brent Green told Bollinger the reason the township couldn't get a permit was because of the use.

Vice Chairman Ron Walbert chimed in and said, "We have a permit; we're legal."

Last month, Bollinger told supervisors he received phone calls that the gate to the park was open, even though the township didn't have a permit to access the lower gate to the park.

That, Bollinger said, prompted him to make calls to see if the township actually had a permit to do so.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic told Bollinger at that time that a permit was signed by the state Department of Transportation on Dec. 4.

"The reason we couldn't get a permit was because of the use," Green told Bollinger at the time. "We applied for a minimum use permit (for the lower entrance); it's not put in the wrong spot."

After last month's meeting, Green said PennDOT contacted the township with regard to a permit for highway occupancy from the lower gate to access Fireline Road.

In May 2012, Bollinger told supervisors it was illegal for them to use the lower gate to the facility.

That came after Bollinger accused township officials, in December of 2009, of illegally accessing the park, and said he was informed by state Environmental Protection Agency officials that the township didn't have a permit to access that particular area.

In other business, supervisors:

• Tabled discussion on whether to fix the spreader on the township's pick-up truck. Two price quotes were obtained in the amounts of $2,400, and $1,050.

• Appointed Green as tax delegate, and Mendez as an alternate.

• Announced it would advertise on the township's website for an alternate on the zoning hearing board.

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