Bast oockhill board talks economic development
It’s the economy, stupid. East Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors member Jim Nietupski isn’t on the ballot this year, but when he was, his platform included economic development and it’s time for the municipality to bring that back to the forefront, Nietupski said at the board’s Aug. 14 meeting.
“Our expenses are going up. Our income is not. I think we need to look at doing something,” Nietupski said.
Dublin is currently working on economic development planning and Perkasie is updating its municipal comprehensive plan, which will include economic development, board member David Nyman said.
“I think it’s to our advantage to be part of that conversation because we’re right in the middle,” Nyman said.
The economy is in a lull now, but that’s not a reason to hold off on the economic development planning, Nietupski said.
“If we don’t do something, we won’t be ready when things start to come back,” he said.
In other matters at the Aug. 14 meeting:
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“Over at Markey Park, they did a lot of spray painting,” he said.
There was also spray painting at the railroad bridge on Three Mile Run Road, he said, and the vandals put a hole in a tube slide at a tot lot on Sunny- side Lane near Pennridge High School.
“I have a thing about vandalism,” board Chairman Gary Volovnik said. “That, to me, is intolerable and unacceptable.”
The vandalism to the townshipowned property is particularly disturbing because there are many volunteers involved in helping with the sites and tax money is used to create and maintain the property, he said.
• 7KH ERDUG DJUHHG WR WDNH RUW a loan from nuakertown National Bank for a new one-ton dump truck. With a down payment of $25,000, WKH EDODQFH EHLQJ financed is $42,653.87, Marianne Morano, township secretary and treasurer, said. The interest rate is 2.6 percent.
The loan is for four years, but the township plans to pay it off in three, Nyman said.
The truck is expected to be delivered in September or October, Morano said.
• $ UHVROUWLRQ WDV DSSURVHG and read aloud by Nyman recognizing Dean Frankenfield for 20 years on the East Rockhill Township Planning Commission, of which he was chairman since 1994, and other township service including helping with comprehensive planning. Frankenfield is moving out of East Rockhill because of a j ob relocation, Nyman said.
• “7KDQN YRU RQ EHKDOI RI the little critters i n nuakertown Swamp for helping out,” Laura Baird, of Heritage Conservancy, said while presenting t he board with a plaque for t he t ownship’s assistance in amphibian road crossings in East Rockhill and Richland townships this spring.
“We had about three to four nights of crossing,” Baird said. “It was close to 1,000 salamanders and frogs we helped get to their vernal pools to breed.”
About 30 volunteers took part in the program that attempts to make it possible for the amphibians to cross the street on rainy nights without getting hit by traffiF.
Baird said there were “minimal fatalities.”
“Having the roadblocks up was a big help,” Baird said. “It didn’t necessarily close the road. It just made the residents aware.”
Several residents also stopped to offer to help, she said.