LEHMAN TWP. — The Dallas Area Municipal Authority backed out of a proposed plan to set up a composting site at the township’s municipal building lot, the Board of Supervisors announced Monday.
Chairman Dave Sutton said the site isn’t large enough to accommodate the setbacks required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
As a result of the decision, Monday’s zoning hearing, which was for the purpose of making changes to the zoning ordinance to allow for the composting site, had been canceled. The zoning hearing was to take place just before the supervisors meeting.
Sutton said he heard DAMA is considering another site on state Route 118. “It’s probably a better parcel,” said Sutton. “Its level and a Phase I environmental assessment has been done.”
Sutton pointed out that the DAMA situation will not affect the township’s recycling program, which is held at the municipal building.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to take out a loan from Landmark Bank in the amount of $125,000 for the purchase of a backhoe and dump truck. The equipment already had been purchased with money from the general fund, Chairman Dave Sutton said, adding that the loan proceeds will “reimburse” the general fund for that expenditure.
The interest rate on the loan is 1.99 percent, which Sutton said is a better deal than leasing the equipment, and will save the township about $5,000 over a five-year period.
The board also voted to switch insurance companies for the borough’s general insurance policy. Treasurer Alvin Cragle said the switch from Selected Risks Insurance Company to EMC Insurance will save the township roughly $12,000 per year.
Sutton commended Cragle for shopping around for the best price. “Once again, if Alvin hadn’t asked the questions, we wouldn’t have saved the money,” he said. “He’s a real asset to Lehman Township and always has been.”