BEAR CREEK TWP. – The township supervisors, solicitor and engineer plan to meet with the state Department of Environmental Protection to craft the framework for a waste-water treatment plan that complies with state law, solicitor Bill Vinsko announced at Monday’s meeting.
The township hopes the show of cooperation will entice the agency to approval a compromise of public sewers in some areas and on-lot systems in others, board Chairman Gary Zingaretti said. Though no course of action has been approved yet, the meeting is also to discuss funding and design for any required infrastructure construction. State regulations on sewage disposal fall under Act 537.
Zingaretti also announced that a traffic signal is scheduled to be installed this year at the junction of Route 115 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Vinsko said the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino has agreed to reimburse the township for maintaining the signal.
The township also received a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to pave several roads, including Hillcrest Road.
The board also made several unanimous votes. It denied approval of a tax-sale property because the buyers had failed to provide information about the property, and voted to buy a trailer for the township’s backhoe for no more than $5,000. Based on a recommendation from the Planning Board, supervisors approved a change of the line between two properties with the same owner.
The larger lot would be reduced almost six acres to almost 361 acres, while the smaller parcel would increase to just over 15 acres.
The township also is creating an inspection ordinance for towers, but hasn’t completed requirements for inspectors.
Litigation with Energy Unlimited is ongoing, Vinsko said, as the company is attempting to force the township zoning officer to accept, and the Planning Board to review, a resubmitted plan for 34 wind turbines under a previous zoning ordinance. The township is awaiting a response to paperwork it filed.
A meeting is scheduled for June 17 to gather suggestions for projects that could receive annual gaming money grants.
The next board meeting will be held at the Mountain Lake Community Building.
By Rory Sweeney
3 June 2008
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