Oxford Township supervisors on Wednesday continued expanding industrial zoning, enabling online payments and document scanning.
Township supervisors voted 2-0 to change the township’s zoning map by rezoning two parcels, currently held by the Glen Gery Corporation on Brickyard Road, as industrial.
Prior to Wednesday’s decision, the plots were designated as medium-density residential. The Glen Gery property is located along Brickyard Road, just west of the railway tracks.
“It will be adjacent to the recently approved Berlin Junction Manufacturing Center which has just received LERTA designation (from supervisors),” Darrin Catts, township manager, wrote in an email.
Catts received a phone call about the change, “wanting to know what the change was about.” And resident Brian Ness asked the same question at the public hearing held immediately before the regular supervisor’s meeting. Catts said “he hadn’t heard anything from (Glen Gery)” after repeated attempts to reach the company through US mail, public advertising and property postings.
Supervisors also voted 2-0 to move forward with digitizing documents related to all parcels in the township with Higher Information Group, which has offices in Pennsylvania and New York.
“They will scan everything currently in our files and then shred the original after receiving approval. We recover everything on the USB drive which we will then keep and store the information in our cloud storage for backup” , Catts said, noting that it had been discussed in previous meetings.
Catts received an estimate of $16,290 as the worst-case scenario award for digitizing four filing cabinets, and supervisors authorized expenses not to exceed that amount.
“I like this band. They didn’t try to sell us,” Catts said.
Residents of Oxford Township will soon be able to make payments online through the Township’s website, at least for the remainder of the calendar year. The online provider cost will be $63.50 per month, which is higher than originally planned, plus a 10% convenience fee.
Supervisor Harry McKean claimed “it’s a convenience” and supervisor Frank Sneering said “try this for six months and see how it goes”.
Their final consensus was to extend and evaluate the service until the end of the year.
The supervisors overheard Pete Socks talking about his offer to publish a newsletter for the township. Socks offered two issues a year, with the costs covered by advertisements it would sell to businesses in the township.
Township attorney John Baranski recommended supervisors get “the final say on financial content and transparency.” McKean said “I see some value” in this type of communication, and “I’ve seen this work in other places.”
“Let’s take a month and think about it,” advised Sneeringer.
Cedar Eckert filed a lawsuit for being given “30 days’ notice” to have his septic tank pumped.
Catts revised the township’s requirement of a pump-out every four years for those with septic systems. A notice is mailed in January of each year to fourth-year residents, and a recall notice in the fall. If pumping does not occur within the calendar year, a 30-day notice is issued, he said.
In other actions, supervisors accepted a corrected offer for the Hannover joint-bid salt contract, passed a resolution in support of the U.S. semi-quincentennial sighting, America250PA, and congratulated the township road department to be “ahead of schedule” on street sweeping.
Supervisor Mario Iocco was absent from the meeting.