Bast oock­hill board talks eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Bob Keeler

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:

• 7KHUH KDV EHHQ D UHFHQW VSDWH of van­dal­ism, Jeff Scholl, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works, said.

“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.

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