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Douglass Township Landfill under Review
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
2021-06-23

            At Monday's meeting of the Douglass Township supervisors, Solicitor Robert Brant reported that the Boyertown Landfill code violations are under review and pending action. It has been noted that fill is being added to the landfill and done without proper environmental protection procedures, as well as violation of township ordinances.

            The DEP is also in the process of investigating environmental violations.  A motion was passed to allow the solicitor to pursue any and all legal channels to rectify the problem.

            Township Engineer Khal Hassan gave an update on the MS-4 stormwater management plan. Douglass is in the third year of the program. It came into effect on March 16, 2018. The township is up to date on pollution reduction, public education, outreach, native planting lists, and municipal housekeeping. Further info can be found on the Douglass Township website.

            Also at Monday's meeting, representatives for the construction of two homes on the Niehl's Wild Run Road property presented a brief update on their Zoning Board Hearing request. The property is zoned R-1 and the zoning calls for a minimum of a 2-acre lot size. The request is to allow the 2-acre requirement to be reduced to 1.32 acres. The property is a working dairy farm.

            The supervisors supported the request.  The Zoning Board hearing on the issue will be on July 12. The supervisors supported the lot size relief under the stipulation that all requests by the Planning Agency are fulfilled. In addition, the township also requested that the owners of the property contact the Montgomery County Farm Preservation program.

            Andrew Duncan, chief of Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue, gave the board and residents an update on the new EMS building. According to Duncan, demolition of the 1971 building is underway.

"There is a piece of history missing," he said

According to Duncan, the new building will not include a basement. He said construction will utilize brick and block from the original building.

The pad site is expected to be ready after July 4, according to the fire chief. He publicly thanked everyone in the township for their help and support through the years.

            An executive session was held before the start of the public meeting to discuss litigation, real estate and personnel matters. No decisions were made.


 

 

 

 

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