YEAGERTOWN - The Derry Township Board of Supervisors said it will look into solving an issue with current park restrictions brought to its attention at its meeting Monday night.
John Monsell came to the board asking for permission to hold an auction at Derry Township Community Park during the weekend of Sept. 8. Monsell, part of the Chief Logan High School class of 1962, stated that they will be holding their 50th class reunion, and that he wished to hold an auction of around 60 items sometime that weekend as something for the people coming from out of town to do.
He also stated that he would like for the auction to be open to anyone who attended Chief Logan. The reunion will be held at the Lewistown Country Club, with a picnic at the park on the following day.
In the past, the board granted access to the park for various self-contained groups, but did not allow use for public commercial event. The board, because an auction would draw public into the park, raised concerns.
Chairman John McCullough suggested that Monsell instead use the Derry Township Senior Citizen Center, located in Yeagertown. Other ideas included having an auction at one of the pavilions as opposed to the main stage. After some discussion, McCullough stated that the situation would be looked into, with suggestions for a solution to be given to Monsell within the next two weeks.
The board made a motion for Solicitor Jeff Snook to generate a contract for an independent contractor to take on the job of Sewage Enforcement Officer. Snook had previously suggested that the board not adopt a resolution to appoint a new Sewage Enforcement Officer as an employee of the township, as the board would then be in control and responsible for the officer. An independent contractor would instead enforce sewage facility action and report to the board, but would operate on a personal schedule and would be responsible for his or her own liabilities.
The board also made a motion to accept changes to the current township personnel policy. Changes include the title of township manager being changed to secretary, payroll scheduling and the addition of direct deposit.
Other business included:
A revision on park policy regarding camping stays. Campers may now stay longer, on a case-by-case basis.
A motion for the solicitor to move forward with the Circle Lane project.
A motion to authorize the Roadmaster to begin repairs on a driveway pipe located at 1968 Glenwood Ave.
A decision to provide Burnham Fire Co. with 10 mini golf passes for its penny bazaar.