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Environmental board sets open house for Nov. 8

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Moore Township Land and Environmental Protection Board is planning an open house for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Moore Township Municipal Building, 2491 Community Drive.

The focus of the open house is the township’s natural resources. Laura Baird, senior land consultant for Heritage Conservancy, will present on farmland preservation and its reasons, benefits and importance.

Also at the Oct. 2 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved moving forward in preserving the Schiavone 78-acre farm. Twenty acres of the 78 are being set aside for a future park.

Moore Township Historical Society reported the Edelman School renovations are proceeding.

In the Nazareth Area Council of Governments report, the COG is still working to install an animal control officer.

Police Chief Gary West reported 239 incidents during September with five arrests. The arrests were for harassment, terroristic threats, loitering/prowling and receiving stolen property. There were 22 verbal warnings issued by the police.

The fire department reported 21 calls with seven fires. There were 54 ambulance calls in September.

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Gable reported issues with First Regional Compost Authority. Oversized tree stumps and other dumping abuse has been occurring. Supervisors are considering several options, including camera installation and having a part-time employee at the dumping site.

The engineers report included a request from Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s revised plan for the Monacacy watershed. The township will need to develop an ordinance to address the concerns. Engineer Kevin Horvath and Solicitor David Backenstoe will collaborate on the ordinance.

Chairman Daniel Piorkowski announced the November board of supervisors meeting has been changed from Nov. 6 to Nov. 5, held 7 p.m. Nov. 6 is Election Day.