Recycling abusers beware in Hegins Twp.
By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • firstname.lastname@example.org
VALLEY VIEW – After a brief executive session during the regular meeting of the Hegins Township Supervisors held Wednesday, May 4, Cathy Moyer, who was the current secretary of the township, was appointed to the new position of secretary/treasurer of the township.
Moyer’s new duties will include the treasurer position, which she had already been doing since the end of March. According to Chairman Supervisor Gary Harner, Schlegel resigned at the end of March, but it was undetermined if his resignation was every formally accepted at a meeting.
“That’s funny,” said Township Solicitor Donald Karpowich, when asked after the meeting if Schlegel’s resignation was ever formally accepted. “I guess you could say it was tonight since Cathy was appointed.”
Moyer will be paid $15 per hour and is not to exceed 30 hours per week. She is in the process of getting bonded.
In other business, the board of supervisors opened and awarded the bid for this year’s paving and seal coating project.
New Enterprises, formerly known as Eastern Industries, Winfield, was awarded the paving bid which includes Chestnut Street and Harvest Lane. The total cost the project is $120,570.
The seal coating for Park Lane, Klinger Road, Farm Lane and Industrial Road was awarded to Hammaker East Ltd., Fayetteville, for a cost of $27,185.55.
While on the topic of roads, Ty Leinneweber, of Lehigh Engineering, discussed the bid proposal and specs concerning the culvert box replacement on East Mountain Road in Fountain.
The township road crew will be doing some of the work for the project. The board will award a contract to the lowest bidder during a special meeting June 15, at 7 p.m. The contractor will build a wall, replace the culvert, put bedding down for the box and make sure the alignment matches the existing stream bed.
According to Leinneweber, the schedule is aggressive because of having the project the completed before school is back in session in the fall.
“We don’t want to have to re-route school buses, but this schedule will all depend on the weather too,” said Leinneweber. “We will need dry weather in order to get in there and dam the creek and pump the water away from the project.”
Leinnewebber is hopeful the project will be complete and the road opened by August 19.
Karpowich presented a proposed update for the township’s wind ordinance. At the request of several citizens during the April meeting, Karpowich suggested some changes to the current ordinance for the supervisors to review.
“We are not trying to deter wind turbines from coming in, we just want to have more control over where they go in the township,” said Karpowich.
Harner said he received complaints about recyclables being left outside the bins.
“It’s a mess, people let stuff sit outside the bins and then on windy days it blows across the road and is in the neighbors field,” said Harner. “The township is responsible for the mess and I don’t want to have to pay our township workers to be picking up garbage. People need to use common sense. If the bins are full, take your items back home and bring them another day. We are gonna start cracking down on the abusers and prosecute them.”
Harner said he spoke to the man who drives the truck for the recycling bins and he said he is in the township three times a week to empty them.
Harner also warns the public that there is video surveillance at the bins and the township will begin to prosecute people who don’t obey the rules. He also encourages residents that if they see someone letting items outside the bins to report it to the police.
Tri-Valley Community Pool
The swimming pool will open Saturday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend. The pool will open at noon and the official first day of the regular season will be June 3, at noon, which will be a free swim day for all.
The season tickets and daily admission prices will remain the same as last year. The prices are: Memberships, student (age six to 17) $60; senior rate (60+) $60; adult (18+) $80; family, $150. At the door admission: senior, $4; adult, $5; student, $4; ages five and under free; after 5 p.m. $3.
Hegins Twp. Police Chief Steve Lohr reminded the public that even though it’s been raining a lot lately, the county is still under a burn ban until May 22 at noon.
Dates to remember
Food pantry, May 18, beginning at 8 a.m. at the township building, Gap Street.
Next township meeting, Wednesday, June 1, 7 p.m.