Ralpho revises driveway permit forms
ELYSBURG - Ralpho Township supervisors will revise its driveway permit form to make it mandatory for property owners to use amesite rather than concrete from the township's right-of-way to the road.
During a brief meeting Tuesday night, supervisors reported damage has been done to township snow plows due to concrete in some driveways being too high.
Roadmaster Howard Shadduck said the current driveway permit ordinance is outdated and needs to be revised. Supervisors agreed to have solicitor Todd Kerstetter develop a revised ordinance including the amesite requirement.
The board passed a motion to amend a dangerous structure ordinance that will allow the township to place a lien against residents who don't take proper care of their properties. The revised ordinance also will give supervisors authority to deny municipal permits to owners of dangerous structures.
Township manager Joseph Springer reported the township received approximately $5,000 from Centax bonding company for expenses incurred by the township when it paid Centax to collect earned income tax. The collection agency declared bankruptcy and ceased operations Sept. 21, 2012.
Supervisors tabled the issue of purchasing a new police vehicle. The township, which is considering purchasing a Ford Taurus or Ford utility vehicle, has $35,000 in the police budget for capital equipment purchases.
Supervisors directed Shadduck and Kerstetter to contact PennDOT about an unpaved grate in front of Farnsworth Camping Center along Route 54 (Market Street).
An executive session was held at the end of the meeting for land acquisition and litigation matters.
Supervisors in attendance were chairman Daniel Williams, William "Chip" Wetzel, Stephen Major and Vince Daubert. Blaine Madara was absent.