ZERBE TOWNSHIP - Zerbe Township is one step closer toward demolishing a fire-damaged property.

The building, located at 220 and 224 S. 10th St., Trevorton, has been abandoned since it was damaged in a fire in 2012.

Township supervisors have secured funding through the Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) program to demolish the building.

As a stipulation of the grant, the township must run an environmental review of the property. At Monday's meeting, township commissioners read a letter from SEDA-COG, which is managing the demolition and CDBG money for the township, asking for people interested in taking part in the environmental review to contact their office.

An additional letter, a copy of a letter sent from Patrick Mack, county planning and industrial development director, alerted the owner of the property of a lien that will be placed on 224 S. 10th St. for the cost of the demolition.

SEDA-COG is working to create bid documents to tear down the structure. The documents are estimated to be ready in early 2015, said supervisor Michael Mazer.

Supervisor Michael Schwartz was absent from the meeting.

In other news

Chief Robert John will be sticking around for another three years. Township supervisors approved a new contract with John. The contract runs Aug. 10, 2014 to Aug. 10, 2017, and contains annual increases of 4 percent per year.

Posting the part-time position for township clerk was approved. Ellen Troutman, the current township clerk, will be retiring with a date to be announced.

A part-time police officer position will also be posted. Mazer said the position had been posted previously but not filled. "We just haven't found a candidate with proper certifications," said Mazer.

A petition for a burning permit submitted by Eric Snyder, of 1309 Susquehanna St., was tabled. Mazer said the language in the petition made it unclear of the specific location and materials to be burned, and more information would be acquired before a decision was made at a future meeting.

An ordinance regarding trash and animal feces is available for public review and comment. The ordinance will be advertised at least ten days prior to undergoing a vote at Sept. 8 meeting.

John called this year's National Night Out a success despite stormy weather. In addition to handing out soda and water to the public, John said he had a lot of positive interaction with the community. He added that he'd like to hand out Zerbe Township Police Department T-shirts next year.

Angela Wilkinson of the recreation committee announced the beginning of the farmers market at 3 p.m. Thursday.

"There seems to be much interest in it," said Wilkinson.

She also announced the completion of the pickleball court, although the net and equipment are currently in storage unless someone requests them because of their portability.

"We just have to figure out how to make (it) available to the public," she said.