Supervisor Clark plans retirement


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VALLEY VIEW - Hegins Township will be in need of a new supervisor to be in place by the end of the year. Supervisor Chairman Lyle Clark announced at Monday evening's meeting that his term as supervisor expires December 31, 2013, however he will not be seeking a second term, and with that being said, announced his intent to retire at the end of this year.

"I have a letter of acceptance of my retirement for Supervisor Richards and Carl to sign tonight," said Clark. "My reason for retiring is because of health issues with both myself and my wife. I have enjoyed this job, but our health comes first."

The township will advertise for persons interested in the position to submit a resume. Resumes will be accepted until November 16. Applicants will be interviewed, and must submit to a background check. Interviews will be conducted and an announcement of the newly appointed supervisor will be made at the December 3 meeting. All resumes are to be submitted in a sealed enveloped addressed to Hegins Township Supervisors. The new person will be sworn in at the January meeting. That person will then have to run in the spring election to be elected to the position.

"I want to personally take this time to thank Lyle for a good job he's done the last couple years," said Supervisor Chad Richards. "When I first came to the board there were a lot of things that I didn't know about such as the police side of the job and other things. Lyle taught me the ropes and he did a good job. I have the utmost respect for this man and I would like to shake his hand for the time he gave and the job he did."

In other business, Hegins Police Chief Steve Lohr gave his report which was accepted and approved by the board of supervisors. Valley View resident Tammy Heffner questioned the chief concerning a land issue that she brought before the board last month.

Heffner reported that the survey has been complete and it was determined that she owns the land in which her neighbors who are renting property from Spickler Enterprises placed a fence and flower beds on her property. Heffner said she spoke to the neighbors who agreed to move the fence and the flower beds, however, words were exchanged and Heffner then gave the neighbors until 5 p.m. Monday to have her property restored to its original state before they erected the fence and made flower beds. Heffner said the property wasn't restored and she wanted to press charges.

"I called and spoke to Sgt. Yarmush and was told that he couldn't do anything about the situation that I would need to speak to Chief Lohr," said Tammy. "I want to know why I can't press charges now that I know the land is mine and they are continuing to fight and argue. Why do we have other police officers on duty if Chief Lohr is the only person who can handle a situation?"

Heffner also told the supervisors that the surveyor also said there is a public alley along the rental property too.

"If this is a public alley, they have stones, trees planted and they park on it. How can this be allowed if it's a public alley," questioned Heffner.

"The township doesn't own alleys or right of ways," said Supervisor Chad Richards.

"We have no rights or responsibilities towards alleys or public right of ways," said township solicitor David Rattigan. "The township is not giving you advise or giving you an opinion. You are asking inappropriate questions and you were told at last month's meeting this is a civil matter and you need to hire an attorney and let a judge make a decision."

Township Zoning Officer Allen Swab said he couldn't do anything about the tarps the neighbors had on the fence. He said when he read the ordinance there was nothing else he could do.

"All you people do is pacify," said Tammy, as she left the meeting.

During the treasurer's report, Vernon Schlegel announced the township has received from the state a little over $101,000 for damages from the hurricane from last year.

While on the subject of announcing money received, a check was presented to Ken Graham for the firemen's relief fund in the amount of $19,484. Ken explained this is money that insurance companies must pay a percentage of to municipalities throughout the Commonwealth based on population and the area.

Act 537

The supervisors had nothing to report, however Supervisor Richards did question whether the township had already agreed that the water authority would be the governing body for the sewer system.

Solicitor Rattigan said that was something the townships have already agreed upon. He said it is legal already and the decision has been made and in place, but there will still be things that will have to be done when the act is approved by DEP. He said at some point a tapping ordinance will need to be adopted by the townships and when the funding comes through just like in past practices with the water projects..

Trick or Treat

The township will hold trick or treat on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. A trunk or treat will also be held on the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church at the same time. Maple Street will be closed between Gap Street and Park Road during that time.

Benesch proposal

The board of supervisors agreed to enter into a proposal with Alfred Benesch and Company to appeal FEMA's decision not to give money for the removal of Trap Club Road Bridge. This will allow Benesch to move forward with the appeal.

Dates to remember

The food pantry will be held November 21, beginning at 8 a.m. at the township buidling on Gap Street.

The next township meeting will be held November 5, at 7 p.m. in the Hegins Ambulance Building.

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