Buck Road Bridge to re-open
Property owners in Upper Hanover will not need to pay additional township taxes in 2012. On Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the 2012 township budget, establishing the tax millage rate at a flat 1.45.
Supervisors delivered even more good news Tuesday night, announcing that the Buck Road Bridge should reopen within the next week. The bridge has been under construction since July of this year, creating an inconvenience for area drivers.
Also on Tuesday night, supervisors presented a five-year service award to David Conrad, who is an equipment operator for the township. Service Recognition Awards were also given to supervisors Mary Gibbs-Kershner and Shannan Bieler, whose terms expire on Dec. 31.
Township Manager Stan Seitzinger confirmed that supervisors will convene on Tuesday Jan. 3 for a reorganizational meeting, during which appointments will be confirmed. Supervisor Vice-Chairman Eugene Fried announced two vacancies on the township’s Park and Recreation Committee, asking that anyone interested in filling the positions contact him.
During the citizen comment period, representatives from Matheson Gas requested that supervisors intervene regarding the dedication of Stauffer Road, located north of Palm, off of Gravel Pike. In order for the newly constructed road to be dedicated, the property owner must sign paperwork releasing the roadway for dedication. As this has not yet occurred, supervisors agreed to arrange a meeting with the property owner and Matheson Gas representatives to attempt to expedite the process.
In addition, Tim Stampf, a resident of Macoby Run, followed up on a petition submitted to supervisors last month requesting an investigation into whether township codes were followed during the construction of the development. Chairman Richard Fain informed Stampf that those residents who signed the petition will receive a written response from the township.
During the work session Monday night, supervisors listened to a presentation from the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust, a risk-sharing medical and dental benefits pool with options for township employee health insurance.
Supervisor Ben Fiorito requested that DVHIT representatives present a cost analysis of a PPO (preferred provider organization) versus an HMO (health maintenance organization) for supervisors to review.
Also on Monday, supervisors listened to presentations by Shanna and Sherri Law, Upper Perkiomen High School seniors who are proposing service projects at Camelot Park in order to meet requirements for their Girl Scouts Gold Awards.
If approved by supervisors and the Girl Scout Council, the first project would install a one-acre wildflower garden at Camelot Park, complete with botanical signage and walking trails. The second project would construct and install bat houses throughout the park. During their presentations, both young women described the environmental benefits of the projects.
While supervisors Fain, Bieler and Fried seemed very much in favor of the projects as presented, Gibbs-Kershner cautioned that the attraction of both bats and bees could present a potential health risk for park users, including the possibilities of bee-sting allergies and rabies carried by bats.
“I would hope that we are not doing something that could turn around and, no pun intended, bite us,” Fiorito added, noting that he is not necessarily opposed to the projects but would ask for more research before giving final approval.
Fried added that the park and recreation committee are also in favor of both projects.
“Thank you for offering us your services and helping our planet and helping our park,” Fain concluded.