Jerry Brown appointed to fill late father’s vacated position on Ransom Twp. Board of Supervisors

RANSOM TWP. — Jerry Brown, son of township supervisor William “Bud” Brown, who died on May 10 at age 71, was appointed by the board at its regular meeting on June 1 at the Mount Dewey Community Hall to fill his father’s empty seat.

The Ransom Township resident is set to serve on the board of supervisors for the remainder of the electoral year. According to the law, he will then have the option to run to fulfill the remainder of the late supervisor’s term.

Supervisor David Bird will assume Bud Brown’s landfill inspection duties, amounting to 20 hours a month. He is in the process of obtaining his re-certification for the task.

During public comment, resident Bill Auriemma questioned the board about happenings at a property which borders Ransom Township and Taylor Borough on Ransom Road where storage containers are parked.

“Any information on what’s going on?” he asked. “I see this heavy equipment that went in there.”

Supervisor Dennis Macheska passed the question to Township Zoning Officer Robert Lukasiewicz.

“On the Ransom part of the property, all it is, it’s a parking lot,” Lukasiewicz said. “They’re going to do work on the Taylor side of the property and they’re using that entrance right there. They took the building off Ransom Road and they leveled it off and just made a parking area.”

He said he had an appointment to meet with the property owner two weeks ago, but it was cancelled. He plans to reschedule and get more information on the project in order to determine if any permits or township approval are required.

Resident Hank Rowinski asked if anything can be done if the property owner refuses to speak with the township. Township Solicitor Edmund Scacchitti said if that happens, the municipality can then file a petition with the court.

In other business:

• The board voted to grant a 60-day extension on the deadline for residents to comply with the new Property Numbering Ordinance, which was passed in April. Property numbering signs may be purchased for $10 each at the municipal building on Hickory Lane.

• Supervisors announced a new quarterly newsletter will be mailed out to residents to inform them of meeting dates and announcements such as the sign ordinance. They agreed to have the tri-fold paper printed in black and white, rather than color, in order to save a substantial amount of money. The flier will be compiled by Township Secretary Jo Ann Pane and printed and folded by a second party.

• South Abington Township Police Officer Scott Siegler presented the police report, which included a call about a disabled vehicle that needed towing off Newton Road on May 20, a complaint about a truck which passed dangerously close to a a group of bicyclists May 21 on Cherry Hill Road, a minor vehicle accident involving a deer Newton-Ransom Blvd. on May 25 and a criminal mischief complaint on Main Street on May 30 where someone damaged a storage shed and threw nails in the owner’s driveway.

• Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jeff LaCoe was in attendance but did not have a fire report to present. He did, however, remind residents if they are planing a control burn, to notify the department in advance. He also announced the department is in the process of refurbishing a five-ton truck for a brush tanker.

• The board opened and awarded roadwork bids.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 6 at the municipal building on Hickory Lane.

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