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Douglass Township files Injunction over Landfill Violations
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

            At Monday night's meeting of the Douglass Township Board of Supervisors, Solicitor Robert Brant reported that the Boyertown Landfill code violations review is completed.

            An inspection of the landfill by the Environmental Protection Agency, the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the board of supervisors, and the Montgomery County Health Department was initiated to investigate maintenance matters and concerns about dirt fill being added to the landfill site without proper permits from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System as well as violations of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) requirements.

            Brant's office filed an injunction that no more material be deposited in the landfill until the proper permits are obtained. 

            The supervisors announced the zoning hearing board decision for the Niehl's property located at 107 Wild Run Road. The property is zoned R-1. The request was to reduce the minimum lot size requirement from two acres to 1.32 acres. The request was approved based on conditions set forth by the planning agency.

            It is required that an alternative septic site location be established and language in the plan that will make any future owners of the property aware that their lot is adjacent to a working cattle farm. In addition, landscaping buffering should be included in the subdivision proposal.

            Vice Chairman Tom Wynne explained that this decision was the best for the property and to support the future of the cattle farm.  "The conditions set forth are fair and reasonable," township Manager Peter Hiryak said.

            Emergency Services manager Andrew Duncan provided an update of the new EMS building. The demolition is complete and the site cleared.  "The site has been leveled, compacted and is ready for footings and construction," said Duncan. The project is moving along and the entire Douglass community is excited to watch the development of the new building.

            The Hallowell Phase 1 project agreement and escrows have been submitted for 15 lots. Finalization is awaiting signatures and payment of outstanding invoices.

            Brant and the supervisors provided an update on the noise ordinance draft for the township. The draft is in review by the board and they will provide feedback to the township solicitor. The draft is not ready for public review. Brant explained the complexities and nuances of drafting and implementing a noise ordinance and suggested that the ordinance be drafted to customize the needs of the community and to acknowledge the agrarian background of the area.  "The ordinance draft is in the infancy stages," Wynne said.

            Beth Myers and Ryan Beltz, from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, gave a brief presentation on the organization and on the upcoming project with Douglass Township.

            The funds from the 2021 MS-4 grant award will be used for Fall Plant-A-Thon. The project is scheduled for October 2021. Approximately 3,500 perennials, trees and shrubs will be planted in Douglass Park for the conservation project. A rain garden is planned to include native plantings to promote habitat and stormwater easement of the area.  "We look forward to working with all of you in the fall," said Myers.

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

            Prior to the meeting, Wynne led a prayer and moment of silence for E. William "Bill" Zern. He was a longtime member of the township and served as a firefighter, planning agency member and business owner in the community.






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