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Lawrence resident takes issue with recycling company
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Lawrence Township resident continues to have issues with the operation of Novey Recycling.
At last night's meeting of the Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors, Ben Timko complained that Novey Recycling continues to violate the township code by encroaching on setbacks and height requirements and has recently placed backfill on top of a waterline that provides water service to his neighborhood.
He said Novey buried the waterline 50-feet deep and the company was asked by the Clearfield Municipal Authority on how Novey planned to address this but said it still isn't resolved.
"I'm looking for help," Timko said. "I don't know where to go from here."
Mike Boal of Novey Recycling said the scrap yard does not border Timko's property and has addressed every one of the township's concerns except for one, which is currently being worked on by township Solicitor Jim Naddeo.
Last month, Novey Recycling asked the township to amend its ordinance to increase the maximum height of scrap piles from eight feet to 45 feet.
Boal said if the requirement stays at eight feet there would be scrap covering the entire property as it did in the past and said it is a much safer arrangement now.
As for the water line, he said the company has several plans to address the issue but said it is looking to address the situation with the township first before moving onto that issue.
He also said the company has went beyond what is required of it to alleviate Timko's concerns such as planting trees and moving scrap piles from where they stood for 106 years.
Supervisor Glenn Johnston said the supervisors empathize with both sides and are working on addressing the situation the correct way but couldn't comment further on the situation.
But he said the waterline situation is not an issue for the supervisors but told Boal he hopes his company isn't using one issue to "hold hostage" the other issue.
In other business, the board voted to:
• approve the proposal from CNB Bank for it to provide the township with a tax anticipation note of $400,000 at 1.59 percent interest with a $100 fee.
• advertise for the opening on the CMA board.
• award the cleaning contract for the township's office and police department to Harris Cleaners for $50 per cleaning of the township office and $75 per cleaning of police station.
• purchase $2 million in bonding for the township treasurer Barbara Shaffner from Ohio Casualty for $2,934.
Interim Police Chief Mark Brooks thanked the Clearfield Borough Police Department and Corporal Dave Fye for organizing a less than lethal training seminar for township and borough police officers.
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