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Boggs resident files complaint against board
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
WEST DECATUR - Richard Shimmel, a resident of Boggs Township and a regular at township meetings, has filed a private complaint affidavit against the supervisors, according to Chairman Bill Dickson.
The complaint, as written by Shimmel, states, "Supervisors held a non public meeting bought garage doors and had them installed. Supervisors regularly do business without public meetings they discuss township meetings in the time they are paid township employees. There is no discussion of business at meetings unless a question is brought before them by the public."
The complaint was filed on Feb. 1 before Magisterial District Judge Jerry Nevling.
Dickson said the township must pay $50 to the judge, but in doing so the supervisors will be pleading not guilty.
"We'll send the check, from township funds, probably tomorrow," Dickson said.
Shimmel sent a letter to the township requesting meeting minutes when the bids for the new garage doors was awarded and asked for a copy of the bids.
The supervisors did not comment on the request.
Shimmel also sent a request asking why the supervisors used a different solicitor several years ago.
Dickson read from the township book, noting it is recommended the township follow instruction from the township attorney. Dickson said a few years ago its attorney was unable to represent the township on a matter and she referred them to Mazza Law Firm. Dickson said that is what they did - they followed the solicitor's advice.
The supervisors discussed a waterline project in the area of Litz Bridge.
Dickson said the state Department of Environmental Protection has applied for an NPDES permit for a waterline placement. The DEP has named the project the Bethlehem School East.
DEP has also advised the township to adopt an ordinance stating anyone within 200 feet of the new line must connect to the water system.
Dickson said the township solicitor is working on the ordinance and it should be ready for adoption at the next meeting. He noted, without the ordinance, the project will not happen and people need potable water in that area.
He said the bids for the project could go out in May, and the project may actually begin this year.
The supervisors said HRG Engineering will conduct a study along Old Erie Pike to possibly install a waterline in that area of the township. Dickson said he thinks the project area is 4 to 4½ miles long.
The supervisors are also continuing to work on other areas of the township to try and get water to the residents.
Dickson said there is poor Verizon cell phone coverage throughout the township, and the supervisors have written to Verizon twice and advised there is decent coverage along U.S. Route 322 but not off that route.
Dickson said the township made 10 phone calls to Verizon, getting someone in a different area each time before finally getting results. An engineer stopped, assessed the situation and said he agreed, there is a problem, but Verizon will not do anything about it.
Dickson is encouraging residents to call and write to Verizon complaining about the coverage, and they will be contacting political representatives at various levels to try and get something done.
The supervisors said if people do not wish to send the letter directly to Verizon, send the letter to the township and it will send out the letters all together.
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