Penn Township is hoping for grant money that will let them make improvements to the township sewage system. There is a total of $800 million available from the state in H20 PA grants, with individual 50 percent matching grants of up to $20 million.The township needs to send in their letter of intent to apply by Feb. 13, but at this stage of the process, they do not know the exact amount they would request. "The actual numbers will have to come from consultants. Obviously we're not engineers," supervisor Curtis Mason said at the Feb 4 meeting.
The grant money would be used for land purchase for additional disposal area, and more storage lagoons on the Conard Pyle Co. property. No expansion of the area covered by the system is planned, but the improvements are needed as part of a back up system. There could also be additional construction of a sand filter as a back up disposal method.
The township's second use system is unique in the state in that it treats effluent to stream discharge quality, then it is used by Conard Pyle to water their rose plants. This interaction of commercial reuse of the water is considered a model operation.
"Anything we can get from the state would be a blessing as far as I'm concerned," supervisor William Finnen said.
In other business, the supervisors discussed clarifying the process used for building permit applications. As it stands now, when an application comes in the zoning officer does the preliminary work, such as checking setbacks, to prepare the permit. Payment is not made until the permit is picked up, but some permits are going unclaimed and unpaid for.
The supervisors do not think they should be picking up the bill for the work done by the zoning officer if the permits are not being claimed.
"There should be an administrative fee up front," supervisor Victor Mantegna said. The board is looking into putting some sort of procedure in place to avoid the problem in the future.
In other business, the supervisors discussed residents' complaints they have received about a home on McNeil Lane in the Ovations subdivision where bright floodlights are being left on all night.
The supervisors have prepared a lighting ordinance, but this would not apply to existing residential situations. The board asked if the home owners association had any regulations about lighting, but they do not at this point, and the lights were installed by the original builder, so the may not be able to order a change. At this point, Mason hopes talking to the property owner can solve the situation.