Northampton Press

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Moore will fix faulty Countryside systems

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. Special to The Press in Local News

Township manager says developer set funds aside for necessary repairs

A developer who completed a project approximately 10 years ago is a focus of a controversy over the quality of infiltration systems construction at Countryside Manor in Moore Township. A number of residents came to the March 5 meeting of the township board of supervisors in search of answers.

Trina Carter, a Countryside Manor resident, told The Press before the meeting that residents want to know who is responsible for the needed repairs. According to Carter, it is not clear if the developer, the taxpayers or the property owners are responsible.

“We need answers,” Carter said.

At the Feb. 5 meeting, residents were told the supervisors would look into the matter. It is alleged infiltration systems may have been constructed with deficient materials. Neighbors are reporting small sinkholes forming in the development.

After the meeting, township Manager Nicholas Steiner told The Press that, during the construction stage, the developer had set aside up to $50,000 to cover any future issues. Steiner said the township will correct the faulty infiltration systems installed during the development.

In other matters, Chairman Daniel Pior- kowski, backed by a unanimous vote, directed Solicitor David Backenstoe to complete a proposed ordinance that would permit a temporary structure on a property severely damaged by a fire or other calamity. This would allow the resident to remain on the property as repairs are completed on the home. The allowance would be permitted not to exceed 12 months. The permit could be extended beyond a year if necessary.

Police Chief Gary West reported there were 257 incidents during February, with four arrests. The arrests were for false identification, simple assault, narcotics and fugitive from justice.

The fire department reported receiving 45 calls, including three fires, during February.

The board voted unanimously to purchase a Freightliner dump truck for $136,000. The purchase of a 350-size pickup truck was tabled until next month. The board wants prices of 450- and 550-size vehicles before it makes the purchase.

The recreation committee received approval to advertise for a part-time worker to assist at the Moore Township Recreation Center over the summer. The committee also wants to develop a five- to 10-year vision plan. Residents are urged to attend the committee meetings held every third Thursday of the month at the center to provide input into the plan. The recreation center is located between Monocacy Drive and English Road.

The land and environmental protection board representative reported that several more farms are in various stages of preservation. Moore Township is a leader in Northampton County farmland preservation efforts.

Supervisor Richard Gable reported the historical commission continues to make progress renovating the Edelman school. Window work and ceiling repairs are moving forward.

The next Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be held 7 p.m. April 2 at the township building, 2491 Community Drive, Bath.