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Pennsburg Sub-Division to include 33 Single Family Homes
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            At Tuesday's meeting, Pennsburg Borough Council addressed the final plan for an 11th Street subdivision. The development plan consists of 33 single family dwellings. The developer requested six waivers, which were approved.

            "The plan is ready for final plan evaluation," Solicitor Chuck Garner said.

            Near the end of the meeting, it was announced that Fred Schutte will be resigning from the Borough Council. The members accepted his resignation and voted to advertise the position.

            Municipal officials have 30 days to appoint a replacement, according to Garner. "Acceptance of the resignation, triggers the 30-day clock to fill the position," he said.

            Josh Hagadorn presented the council with the engineer's report explaining the reconfiguration of storm-water drainage plan on Seminary Street. It was suggested that a deeper sealed manhole be placed on Seminary Street. The pipe leading from the manhole will connect to new inlets and divert storm water. In addition, the depth of the inlet and pipe will be deeper than initially suggested. This will improve the water drainage along Seminary and Lakeview Streets.

            The sealed manhole will also provide a barrier from objects falling into the pipe and breeding mosquitoes. The estimated cost is $7,940, based on non-prevailing wage rates.

            "It will be ideal if the developer agrees to this plan," Hagadorn said, adding that the amended plan would be a more effective and efficient solution to storm water drainage in that area. Garner noted that "suggested conditions will be memorialized in a letter after the council votes."

            As the discussion came to a close, the council approved the modification of the original storm water drainage plan.

            In other business, Pennsburg resident resident Patrick Suder asked the council for assistance regarding the apartment complex located on Cherry Street in Pennsburg.

            He informed council that tenants of the complex are not properly disposing of their refuse and the dumpster is surrounded by garbage and discarded material.

            In addition, the residents of the apartment are not utilizing their designated parking lot. Parking has become an issue for the residents that live adjacent to the apartment building. The council members took the complaint seriously and informed the resident that they will look into the issue and come up with a plan to contact the owner of the building to formulate a resolution to this ongoing and persistent problem.

            New business included a motion to approve waivers requested by Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center (SLHC).  Hagadorn was in support of waivers explaining that the functionality of existing site and what SLHC is proposing involve existing conditions and minor improvements.

            The next step in the process is the attainment of permits, escrow and inspections. The motion to grant waivers as proposed by the borough engineer was approved.

            In other news, acting Police Chief Joe Adam provided the monthly incident and activity report to the council. Total calls and services rendered was 495. There were 5 non-reportable accidents, 3 non-traffic citations, 35 vehicle investigations, 34 traffic citations, 5 issued warnings, 5 parking tickets or warnings, 27 traffic details, 98 security checks that include businesses and homes, and 11 security alarm activations.





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