BEAR CREEK TWP. — A rash of reports of peddlers brought words of caution for residents from the Bear Creek Township supervisors on Monday.
Supervisor Jim Smith said a number of peddlers have been seen in the area, selling everything from meat and fish to home security systems out of the back of trucks. While there have been no complaints about items purchased from the traveling sellers, Smith said there is concern that the items could be stolen or that the sales pitch could be a diversion to allow for access to residents homes for the purposes of theft.
He stressed that peddlers must have a permit from the township to be able to do business and said residents should be cautious.
The supervisors also dealt with a Hickory Road resident’s concerns about a formerly abandoned home. She said the home was vacant and the basement filled with water for two years before the structure was recently sold “as is.”
The new owners are fixing up the home, but the neighbor was concerned that all codes and safety issues might not be addressed.
The supervisors directed the zoning officer to check in on the building regularly and to address the issue of permits and codes with the new owners.
Another resident’s concern about patching of cracks along Laurelbrook Road was also addressed. In response to questions about whether using a sealant was going to be sufficient to prevent further damage to the road, Smith noted the cracks were due to the heavy winter and the township’s engineer indicated that applying sealant would be sufficient.
The sealant was applied at no cost by the firm that paved the road, Smith said. Before the meeting was out, Smith reported that he sent an email to the engineers asking them to readdress the issue in light of the ongoing concern of residents.
In other business, the board:
• Noted it expects to hear as soon as Tuesday about the status of a gaming grant for a new consolidated garage for the township.
• Noted that most work is complete at Trailwood Park and discussed concerns about a “sloppy” section where rock-filled dirt was used between the fields and paths.
• Reported the township’s 30-plus-year-old flail was repaired and the new pickup truck will be delivered in August.
• Noted that problem with an ongoing yard sale held by one township resident had been resolved when the resident read a Times Leader article about the problems caused by the sale and informed the township he would stop.