Approved path from new YMCA facility to Kistler-Bitting Park a victim of federal law?
During Tuesday night's Upper Hanover Board of Supervisor's meeting, representatives for the Upper Perkiomen YMCA asked to alter the approved plan for a walking trail between Kistler-Bitting Park and the new YMCA facility, set to open in January 2015.
Attorney Bernadette Kearney of the law firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, PC, explained that the current plan to construct the trail along Tagart Road and connecting to the park is no longer an option and alternatives will be costly. According to Mark Smith of Horizon Engineering, the section of the Macoby Creek that the trail would need to cross is protected under the Clean Water Act as "Waters of The United States," and excavation near Tagart Road would not be approved. Kearney requested, therefore, that the trail end before crossing the creek to the park.
"I'm kind of at a lack of understanding as to why these changes would be brought to us now," Supervisor Richard Fain said, adding, "That trail is very important to us."
Fain explained that having the trail connect to the park would allow residents to move between the two facilities safely and encourage walking. He added that supervisors and the planning commission approved a plan that includes a walking trail to connect the two facilities. Supervisors Rothenberger, Fried, Fiorito and Diehl each voiced agreement, asking the YMCA to consider alternate ways to cross the creek and complete the trail as planned.
"I don't want to cause the Y a hardship, but I feel pretty strongly about this," Fain said.
Under special items, Kevin Carl received a 15-year service recognition award for his work with the Upper Hanover Authority Board of Directors.
In waste authority business, Township Solicitor Edward Skypala reported that an inter-municipal sewer agreement between Upper Hanover and Hereford is not ready to be signed this month but should be by June. Once finalized, the agreement will allow The Perkiomen Animal Hospital, located along Gravel Pike in Hereford, to use the Upper Hanover public sewer system.
In parks and recreation business, Supervisor Chair Eugene Fried reported that park rule signs were installed at Camelot Park. Outfield fencing was also installed for the ball field. Township Manager Stan Seitzinger reported that phone calls are coming in daily to reserve the park's pavilion. Supervisors Dorothy Diehl and Steve Rothenberger both reported positive feedback on the public bathrooms by park-goers.