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Maintenance plan an alternative to eminent domain in Nockamixon Township

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The proposal to change Old Schoolhouse Way in Nockamixon Township to a public road is now proceeding with the presentation to residents of a draft maintenance agreement, as an alternative to eminent domain action.

The alternative approach was reported during the Jan. 17 public board of supervisors meeting.

Steve Donovan, one of the residents of the six remaining private properties on the now private road, said the alternative approach, which “spells out plans for maintenance of the road,” was being reviewed by the residents and their counsel. The road is located off Marienstien Road, near its intersection with Route 611 in central Revere.

At the Aug. 16 supervisors’ meeting, when the eminent domain intent was expressed in the form of a resolution they passed, officials had described the eminent domain action as needed to solve “a 25-year history” of interference, by some of the property owners, with delivery and service vehicles. They added at that time that they were open to hearing from anyone who “has better ideas” for solving that problem.

At their Sept. 20 meeting, the board announced they were putting a hold on the matter, including surveying that was to take place on the private properties, while they conducted discussions with the owners.

Residents have stated concerns not only about the possibility of slices taken off their properties to allow for compliance with public road width regulations, but what plans the township might have for their neighborhood, that called for a change to a public road.

At the outset of the Jan. 17 meeting, Supervisor Chair Bill Sadow introduced John Haubert as their appointment of a replacement for Supervisor Martin Focazio, whose resignation was accepted at their Dec. 20 meeting, and who was about to complete the first year of a six-year term. Haubert is to serve at least through 2019, with the election of November, 2019 to determine who fulfills the final four years of the term.

Later in the meeting, responding to concern from the township’s Emergency Management Committee about continuation of strong support for emergency services from her predecessor, Township Manager/Treasurer Keith DeLuca noted that a meet-and-greet had been scheduled with new state Rep. Wendy Ullman. He added Nockamixon already had good working experience with Ullman’s chief of staff, Linda O’Neill, when she was Tinicum Township Manager.


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