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Bowmanstown seeks help paving road

Published April 11. 2019 01:03PM

The Lower Towamensing Township supervisors were visited by some neighbors at their monthly meeting Tuesday night — two borough council members from Bowmanstown.

Kara Scott, president of Bowmanstown council, and Norman Engle Jr., council member and chairman of the Streets Committee, came to the meeting seeking assistance with Craig Street.

On one side of Craig Street the residents live in Bowmanstown, and on the other they live in Lower Towamensing Township.

For many months, Bowmanstown residents of Craig Street have been attending the council meetings to pressure the members to fix the street.

There are a couple of problems though.

In addition to the cost, curbing is an issue. The borough has curbs on its roads, whereas the township does not. Curbing helps to prevent the roadway from chipping on the edges, but it is an additional cost to a roadway project.

“If we were to force the curbing into that area, then we can put a lien against a property,” Engle said.

Engle said the borough can put a lien on a property that doesn’t follow its ordinances, but it can’t do anything with residents on the Lower Towamensing Township side.

“You have curbing and you would like curbing on our side,” said Lower Towamensing Township Supervisor Ron Walbert in order to clarify Engle’s position.

“Enforcing the curbing would depend on who owns it,” said James Nanovic, the township’s solicitor. “It starts with determining where the boundary line is.”

He said the original property line went down the middle of the street, but he doesn’t know where on the roadway it runs now.

Both municipalities should have maps and documentation that indicate where the boundary line runs, Nanovic said.

Brent Green, the chairman of the Lower Towamensing Township supervisors, said he thought the road had been turned over to Bowmanstown several years ago, because they had the money to care for the road at the time when Lower Towamensing didn’t. He said the proposition had been approved by voters.

“We’re friends, we’re neighbors, let’s look into a way we can get that property paved,” Scott said.

Both municipalities agreed to look for boundary line documentation in their possession, and the supervisors agreed to write a letter of support for Bowmanstown as they pursue grants through the Multimodal Transportation Fund and the Local Share Account funding for road work.

In other business, the township is hosting a scrap metal recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 and 28 at the municipal building. The event is for township residents only.

Televisions and computers will not be accepted. Werner Scrap Metal will take large appliances. For more information or questions, call Lou Werner at 610-737-5119.

The next scrap metal recycling event will be held on Oct. 12 and 13.

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