Brommer chairs Tremont Township

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MOLLEYSTOWN - The Tremont Township board of supervisors held a brief re-organization meeting Jan. 6, followed by the regularly scheduled meeting for the month.

With one sweeping vote, the board approved the appointment of board officers and the township roadmaster, plus retained various personnel.

The action included the appointment of John Brommer, chairman; Herman Lengle, vice-chairman; secretary-treasurer, Margaret Davenport; roadmaster, supervisor Larry Bender; Emergency Management Coordinator, Les Kauffman; solicitor, Mark Barket; sewage enforcement officer, Matt Williard, Light-Heigel & Associates, Sch. Haven; plus, engineers, as needed, William Anders, Lehigh Engineering, Pottsville, and Bill McMullen and Thomas Yasinsky, ARRO Engineering, Orwigsburg. The only change to last year's list of appointments was the depository of township funds. PLGIT remains, but Sovereign Bank was replaced by Santander Bank.

Road project

The board opened the regular meeting with the supervisors acknowledging the assistance they had received from State Rep. Mike Tobash in securing the $250,000 loan it had received from the State's Infrastructure Bank for the township's 2013 road project. The $440,000 plus project, completed by Meckley's Limestone Products, Herndon, resurfaced six of the township's 7.5-mile road system.

In related business, the board approved monthly deposits of $3,000 into the township's 'Road Improvement Fund' account in the Santander Bank to make the annual $27,450 loan payment which is due the first of January beginning in 2015. Davenport noted that additional payments can also be made on the loan throughout the year.

Hazard plan

Although the board did not meet the county's deadline, the board approved a resolution adopting the Schuylkill County 2013 Hazard Mitigation Plan as their own. Adoption of a plan was required in order for the township to be eligible for any future federal funding.

Roadmaster Bender reported he had again assisted a truck going to Big Lots that had been stuck on a hill on the Rausch Creek Road. According to Bender, Motter's Collision Center was on the scene but unable to help. Bender noted that a $100 charge has been submitted to the company for his work.


The board reviewed a summary of activities and expenses it had received from Bill Reichert, Local Recover Manager (LRM) for the Long-Term Community Recovery Committee. The township's allocation of $3,750 for 2014 was approved by the board, as previously agreed upon when the LRM position was established last year to help solve flooding problems in the area. Other identical allocations will be approved by Pine Grove and Frailey townships, Pine Grove and Tremont boroughs, and Schuylkill County, plus $6,250 in donations from both the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation.

In other business,

- Brommer announced that Nicole Bender was elected the township's tax collector, and Dennis Boyer, the township's newest auditor.

- Bender reported the leaking water line in Lincoln was reported to the water authority since it is not a township responsibility.

- No new information had been received from ARRO Engineering concerning the rebuilding of the Echo Valley bridge. Although work could not begin until the spring, Brommer said he felt advertisement for bids could be done. Bender will contact ARRO for information.

- Barket reported he had spoken to the school district's solicitor concerning the Rausch Creek Motor Sports tax assessment appeals. He noted a hearing is scheduled which he will attend.

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