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Thursday, July 18, 2019

MTAA seeks funds for field lights

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Bill Leiner Special to The Press in Local News

Athletic association representative says expected project cost is $70,000

At the July 2 Moore Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Moore Township Athletic Association was granted permission to explore funding for the installation of lights at three of its fields at the Moore Township Recreation Center, 635 English Road.

An MTAA representative reported the group plans to seek grants and other funding for the project, expected to cost approximately $70,000. The supervisors unanimously voted to allow the request.

In another recreation committee item, it was reported a scoreboard will be paid for by MTAA and installed at McCandless Field. It is expected a scoreboard will be installed at another field next year.

Repairs at the recreation center are needed for portions of the fence damaged from falling trees. It is expected the repairs will cost about $4,000. At a previous meeting, Supervisor David Shaffer implied he would address the tree issues.

Police Chief Gary West reported there were 313 incidents during June culminating in eight arrests. The fire department had 23 calls including two fires. There were 74 ambulance calls for the month.

The public works department reported Moore Township will acquire two vehicles — a Ford 550 truck for $87,312 and a Freightliner for $136,306. In another matter, several roads will be seal coated for about $132,000.

Moore Township Historical Commission is planning another Oktoberfest Oct. 2 at the Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company hall, 2718 Mountain View Drive. The group is planning music, dinner, drinks and a guest speaker.

Bob LaSalle, historical committee commissioner, resigned from the commission and was replaced by Bob Fedio by a unanimous board of supervisors vote.

In Supervisor Richard Gable’s First Regional Compost Authority report, he stated the authority is very busy due to the increase of received trees and brush because of all the recent storms. Additionally, there are two colors of dyed mulch, black or brown, for resident purchase.

The Land and Environmental Protection Board representative said the group is working with North Whitehall Township to assist with farmland preservation plans. Such help generates no cost to the township.

Two teachers asked permission to hold a summer literacy group at the recreation center during the week of July 22. They plan a motivational training effort that includes reading comprehension. The group would be for children in grades 2-5. Supervisors approved the plan, conditionally pending insurance carrier approval.

The board voted unanimously to move the warehouse ordinance forward. It will be advertised this month and voted on at the August meeting. The goals of the ordinance, according to Solicitor David Backenstoe, are to protect residents, address lighting and impervious cover concerns, and “control what goes into the township.”

The Community Days committee reported a $284 profit from the last outdoor movie event. Another movie night is planned for 7-10 p.m. July 13 at Borek Field.

The next meeting of Moore Township Board of Supervisors is 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.