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Eldred supervisors praise new community center

Published May 08. 2015 04:00PM

During the Wednesday meeting, Eldred Township supervisors offered praises to the volunteer committee responsible for the community center.

Vice Chairman Mary Anne Clausen said, "It was a great day, well-attended, and a lot of community support," speaking of the open house held May 3.

"Our estimates are 350-400 people toured the facility throughout the day,"said township secretary/treasurer Sharon Solt.

Building manager Carey Krum was elated with the turnout.

"It was a great event, approximately 40 people that were previously employees in the building attended and initialed the staff roster that hangs in the community center."

In other community center matters, the supervisors approved a lease agreement with Deer Park water for office space in the community center.

Deer Park water and its parent company Nestle plan to pump spring water via wells from points in the township to be transported to its plant in Fogelsville for bottling.

"The staff from Deer Park has an office established in the community center where hydrologists and staffing are on hand to answer questions about the process for any township residents," Krum said. "Although I am not completely sure of their office hours."

Following a brief executive session, detailed for pending litigation, Mary Anne Clausen made a motion directing township solicitor Michael Kaspszyk to "look into the alcohol and bylaw issues with the Kunkletown Fire Company."

When asked to elaborate on the alcohol situation, Kaspszyk said, "It has come to the township's attention that there is no mention of alcohol in the bylaws of the fire department. The township hopes to lend some suggestions to the fire company to address any potential issues with renting their hall for parties and things of this nature."

When asked about pending litigation, Kaspszyk responded by saying he couldn't comment on if there was pending litigation.

While there was no action or mention during the meeting about the contentious shooting range that has occupied so much of the recent meetings, some residents asked during public comment of the status.

"We have received no official requests from any parties involved in this zoning question since our last meeting," Solt said.

Kaspszyk, who is conflicted out of the situation, said, "The township had a request from two parties regarding changing the zoning ordinances. Since that time there has been no action from any party, and until the township receives a formal request for a zoning hearing, it is still in limbo."

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