Residents complain about property
Several residents complained to Lowhill supervisors at their Aug. 6 meeting about alleged conditions and overcrowding at a residential property on Windy Road.
They asked the board what the rules are for the number of people living in a single-family dwelling.
"I couldn't even sell my house if I wanted to," one resident, who asked not to be identified said. "I'd have to give it away."
Township Administrator Brian Carl said he had been to the home on multiple occasions.
He said the owners added a new septic tank to meet the state's uniform construction code.
"As long as they meet the code, we have to issue a certificate of occupancy," Carl said.
Supervisors' Chairman Rick Hughes empathized with the residents.
"I don't want you to think we're taking that attitude," Hughes said. "We're doing everything we legally can do."
He and Carl assured the disgruntled residents close monitoring of the property will continue.
In new business, the board approved no more than $500 for Carol Betz to attend the annual tax collector's convention where she receives mandatory training and six continuing education credits.
A motion was also made and approved to name Barry Navarre and Tim Snyder as alternates to the zoning hearing board.
Don Link of the Northwestern Recreation Commission thanked Lowhill supervisors for their support with the "Night in the Country" celebration.
"We couldn't do it without your support," he said.
In old business, the township has been investigating and looking for preliminary costs to build an addition to the township building.
"We are just looking for initial numbers," Hughes said.
The township will be examining those numbers and will likely be applying for grants to offset the cost, but the actual plan is well into the future.
A thank you was also offered to Stone Haven Supply and Buddy Wessner for the donation of mulch for the flower beds at the township building.
Finally, the township is looking to hire a new employee, a laborer/equipment operator/CDL truck driver, "basically a be all, do all," Hughes said.