Delinquent sewer customers called out at Zerbe Twp. meeting
TREVORTON - While not taking any action against them, Zerbe Township Supervisors called out several delinquent sewer account holders at their meeting Monday night.
Board chairman Michael Schwartz read off a list of 38 names who owe $800 or more which account for $67,557.19 owed to the sewer authority.
The amounts ranged from a local resident owing $814.20 to a firm in Fairport, N.Y., owing on two accounts for $3,697.35 and $9,230.06.
The township is starting construction of a new $3 million sewer plant later this month, weather permitting, and the board has approved the purchase of a $105,000 sewer drying bed for sludge Monday they hope can be absorbed into the cost of the sewer project; the money owed by deliquent customers would come in handy.
In the past, the township has handed over delinquent accounts to a credit collections agency.
Trevorton Ambulance Association was given a lease for the property at Fifth and Market Streets to construct a pole building for storage.
The lease, costing the association $1 a year, was approved on a 2-0 vote with supervisors Schwartz and Mike Mazer voting yes and supervisor Gene Geise, the president of the ambulance association, abstaining.
The area where the building will be constructed is bi-level, so the association will build a gazebo there. They are looking for groups to plant flowers and do other landscaping work.
"It could be a very nice area. I'm looking forward to see what everyone comes up with," Schwartz said.
The board also said there will be only one election polling place in Zerbe Township: the American Legion Building.
A special meeting with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regarding the future of the Trevorton Post Office will be held at 6 p.m. March 24 at the legion.
Supervisors said several township residents received surveys, and the results of the survey will be shared March 24.
There will also be time for residents to ask questions and give input regarding business hours of the Trevorton Post Office.
Zerbe Township will send bulk mail, such as sewer bills, from the Shamokin Post Office instead of the Trevorton Post Office.
The supervisors voted unanimously on a motion opposing any reduction in hours or possible closing of the Trevorton Post Office.
In other business
- The board submitted a letter of intent with the Department of Community and Economic Development to participate in a survey on the creation of a regional police consolidation force. The approval was given after solicitor Roger Wiest reviewed the letter and was assured there is no commitment to joining the force, only to participate in the survey. So far, Zerbe Township, Coal Township and Shamokin have signed the letter.
- Permission was given to the Line Mountain High School National Honor Society to hold a service project in the township April 30, and to the elementary school to use the foundry field for a May Day carnival May 8.
- A burning permit was approved for the Zerbe Rod and Gun Club, provided a date is given when the burning will occur.
- On a unanimous vote, Mazer was reappointed as a delegate to the 2014 Northumberland County Tax Collection Committee with Geise named as the alternate delegate.