Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Chetwin Terrace Residents: Stormwaters Becoming Dangerous
Kresge is concerned that the situation is getting dangerous.During storms, as much as 8" of water are on the surface of the bike path, where they cascade into a ditch and under his deck, forty feet away. Moving at 20 mph, Kresge is worried that someone could be swept away from the bike path and into deeper water.
"I'm tired of my back yard, bring a retention pond," he complained after the meeting. He said that he and other neighbors are considering a class action against the Township.
One of those neighbors, fellow Chetwin Terrace resident Roy Roth, claims the problems started when the Township or state replaced a 24" drainage pipe with a 36" pipe, increasing the flow of water from William Penn Highway. "We cannot stall this thing," he told Commissioners.
Roth had another complaint. Weeds. He noted that vacant properties owned by St. Luke's, JG Petrucci and Field of Dreams have waist high weeds, and suggested that crops should be growing there until the land is developed.
Manager Howard Kutzler told Roth that Township manpower prevents a weed patrol, but they do respond to complaints, and he is welcome to fill out a form. Kutzler added he could probably find thirty properties in violation of the weed ordinance, but procedures must be followed in fairness to the owners.
"One fellow in a part-time position cannot slay every dragon in the Township," Kutzler advised.