Northampton Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Moore Township seeking PEMA disaster relief funds

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

At the Sept. 4 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Secretary/Treasurer Richard Gable reported the township has applied for about $225,000 in disaster relief from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The request is for damage to various areas throughout the township from recent storms.

Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of disaster, opening up relief compensation.

Moore Township Historical Commission plans an Oktoberfest event for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company, 2718 Mountain View Drive, Moore Township. Tickets, for a cost, are available at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

Gable, under new business, said, “The phone is ringing off the hook with questions of when will we have trick or treat. I recommend we have it on Oct. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.”

Vice Chairman David Shaffer wanted to consider a possible trick-or-treat night on Friday or Saturday.

Chairman Daniel Piorkowski quickly jumped in and said he supports trick or treat Oct. 31.

A 3-0 vote set the date as 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 — Halloween.

In other business, Solicitor David Backenstoe reported Hill Smgc, which owns Southmoore Golf Course, successfully had its tax assessment lowered from $879,000 to $540,000. The decision was made at a Northampton County reassessment hearing. The decision will lower its property taxes.

Police Chief Gary West reported 313 police incidents that resulted in five arrests. They included a burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. The fire department reported three fires and 55 calls.

Piorkowski reported Nazareth Area Council of Governments requested a resolution from Moore Township to accept Hanover Township to join COG. Also, the resolution is to allow the COG’s application for a grant to update the COG comprehensive plan. The resolution passed unanimously.

In township Manager Nicholas Steiner’s report, the local shared-account grant applications are being submitted. One is for $13,800 for laptop computers, and the other upgrade equipment is for police cars. The $55,480 request is to replace the 2005 Ford Expedition police car. Both grants do not require a match from the township.