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Durham seeks grant for Cooks Creek environmental study


The Durham Township Environmental Advisory Council has applied for a $160,000-grant that would cover the costs of an environmental study.

During a very brief meeting, David Juall, EAC chairman, said the paperwork had been submitted for a Growing Greener grant that would center around watershed conditions in the area of Cooks Creek, which runs through both Durham and Springfield townships.

The supervisors gave the green light to Juall at a previous meeting for the EAC to join with the Cooks Creek Watershed Association (CCWA) and Princeton Hydro, which specializes in watershed management and restoration. He said the study could help the townships alleviate flooding and erosion problems along Cooks Creek.

In responses to residents’ questions at several meetings about what they claimed was unauthorized activity and the lack of permits at the Durham Springs property on Lehnenberg Road, Supervisor Chairman Bartley E. Millett said the township solicitor and zoning officer had investigated the situation and declared Durham Springs, which is owned by Landmark Development, was acting within its rights.

He said the officials said the wedding venue has a certificate of occupancy and has complied with township regulations, although it has not yet applied for any township permits. The officials also found the state has issued the company a temporary license for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Juall also announced the EAC is planning A Walk in the Woods on the Bruce Stutz property on Fireline Road on Oct. 1.

Volunteers are still being sought for Durham Township Community Day, which is scheduled for Oct. 14. Those interested should contact Danielle Cox, township administrator.

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