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Northern Northampton County municipalities look to upgrade websites

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 19 2013 10:37:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 08:48:08 AM CDT
LOWER MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. -

Lower Mount Bethel Township supervisors Monday night voted to apply for a grant to upgrade the township’s website, as part of a joint project with Upper Mount Bethel Township, Mount Bethel Township and the Martins Jacoby Watershed Association.

Supervisor John Mauser said the township’s application must be submitted by Sept. 9. He estimated the township’s cost at $1,300 or less.

“I think we can get our money’s worth,’ he said. The grant money is not expected to be awarded until October.

The supervisors also discussed hiring Ken Brown as the township’s emergency management coordinator at $800 and asked Brown if he could write a plan stating his short and long-term goals and how many hours it may take to complete them before the board makes a final decision.

The supervisors also interviewed members of Keystone Code Consulting and Enforcement, which the township is considering hiring for zoning services.

In an update on the possible resumption of stump-grinding operations in the township, supervisors’ chairman Stu Gallaher said the decision rests with the Department of Environmental Protection, not the supervisors, who have so far approved the transfer of property between Ron and Sharon Angle and Gravel Hill Enterprises, subject to conditions on how stump-grinding operations could be conducted there, such as the number of trips in and out of the property per day.

One of the principals involved in Gravel Hill Enterprises, Gerald DiDomenico, of North Salem, N.Y., bought the former Stine Farm at a U.S. Marshals sale in 2008 for $241,000. At his last appearance before the supervisors, he said DEP has so far approved of the cleanup operations that must be completed before operations can resume.

 The stump-graining operations have a long and troubled history in the township.