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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Board discusses fence removal at condo complex

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

Eastern white cedars to be planted; indemnification agreement addressed

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met quickly during the Nov. 4 workshop meeting to prepare for the Nov. 11 regular meeting.

Lisa Pereira, an attorney representing Belmont Glen Condominium Association, once again addressed commissioners about a fence on the Egypt property.

The township required the split-rail fence when the development was built to keep pedestrians from wandering into an overflow swale. However, over the years, the fence has deteriorated, and members of the condominium association want it removed.

They have agreed to an indemnification agreement with the township, stating the township would not be held legally liable if someone gets hurt.

At previous meetings, there was still concern about the dangers of getting rid of the fence, so there was discussion of adding plants as a safety buffer.

Pereira, in presenting the plan, noted the details were reworked to include the new plantings. She said she spoke with a member of the shade tree commission, who recommended using eastern white cedar trees.

It was noted to move forward with a resolution approving the removal of a portion of the fence with those changes and authorizing Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. to enter into an indemnification agreement with the condominium association.

“We had a disagreement, and we worked it out,” board of commissioners President Dennis Hower said about the process they went through to reach the agreement.

Another resolution to be addressed is a sewage facilities plan revision for a new development of property located at 4303 Spruce St.

Commissioners also discussed moving forward with a resolution granting Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church’s request for a waiver of fees associated with filing a zoning application.

The final resolution on the workshop agenda noted conditionally approving a land development plan for the Taylor Villas condominium community in Egypt. The land development plan involves moving a drainage swale and easement along the back section of the homes. Moving the easement allows for more space if a resident wanted to add a deck to the property.

Frank Clark, township engineer, noted this change will not affect the stormwater characteristics or drainage.

The commissioners meet again 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.