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Marlborough Approves Beaver Removal at Skymount
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

Trash Dumping at Quarry?


            The beavers are being removed from Lake Skymount. At its Feb. 28 work session, the Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors voted to allow the water-trapping of the destructive rodents to proceed.

            Earlier in February, Burt Shive, of the park and recreation committee, had warned the supervisors of the threat posed by beavers in the lake. During a meeting last month, the board had tabled a decision even though the beaver trapping season ends on March 31.

            Solicitor Mark Cappuccio had expressed concerns about liability for the trapper, but after research, "he realized Upper Hanover does this, and the person we would give the permit to has done this for other townships," stated the minutes of the work session.

            Since getting the go-ahead, the trapper has caught five beavers, Shive said in a text message.

            "The trapper believes we have between 12-16 now between three lodges," Shive wrote.

            "The unknown is how many are breeding and what we will have to deal with next season."

            Shive wrote that each female averages three to five offspring and can go as high as seven kits.

            The proposal passed 2-1 with supervisors Billy Hurst and Bill Jacobs supporting the motion. Brian Doremus was opposed. At the supervisors meeting on Feb. 9, Doremus had expressed his concern that trapping would become an every year project.

            Also at the work session, the supervisors agreed to the facade change requested by Dollar General that will allow the proposed project, at the site of the old Green Lane Elementary School, to move forward.

            During public comment last Wednesday, resident Bruce Jackson asked the board to encourage PECO to take down vulnerable ash trees near its power lines. "We've lost our power twice within the last couple of months. You know right away, it's an ash tree that fell [on the power lines]."

            "They won't cut them until they fall," noted Doremus.

            "I would suggest going online to report wires down and other concerns," said Township Manager/Secretary/Treasurer Marybeth Cody.

            "If you have one and you have some pictures and a pole number, and it's closer than 10 feet, and you've sent it in yourself, and you've gotten no response, please send it to me. Email it to me and I'll reach out too. We have a representative at PECO."

            Cody stated that the trees have to be within ten feet of the lines and that PECO makes high tension lines more of a priority.  "I can't promise you any results, but I can help."

            Jackson also stated that the Highway Materials quarry in Perkiomenville "is up to things that [are] very unfriendly," specifically, proposing to use part of the quarry as "a dump." Jackson is concerned that the quarry will become a repository for trash.

            "That's still under discussion at the planning commission," Doremus said.

            "Those discussions, although they are open to the public, are not reaching the public," Jackson responded.

            "It will, at some point, be brought back in front of the board. We'll be discussing it as well," Doremus said.

            The supervisors also voted, unanimously, to ratify an injunction against Unami Creek Properties LLC for performing renovations at the Sumneytown Hotel without the proper permits.

            Marlborough's code enforcement officer, Jeff Kerlin, learned of the violations of a stop-work order at the site from an electrical contractor, which prompted the injunction.

            The supervisors approved the purchase of a diesel Kubota zero-turn mower for the maintenance department.

            At the work session, the board also held an executive session to discuss a legal matter.

            In February, the Marlborough police handled 279 complaints and made one arrest.

            The next supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 1






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