By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer
Residents of a Forward Township housing
development say they dread the approach of winter because the roads in
their community are in poor condition and historically have not received
adequate winter maintenance.
The roads, they said, are pothole-ridden and eroded and create driving
hazards, especially when covered by snow or ice.
The property owners, who live along Golden Circle and Pond Lane, took
their concerns to Forward Township
supervisors at the board’s regular meeting Thursday and asked the board
if it could help them.
The board said it would try but couldn’t make any guarantees.
“It’s a private road,” said Supervisor Tom Headley, noting that, if the
township fixed it, the municipality
would be asked to fix others.
The roads serve a development of 11 homes, owned by McHolme
Residents said the roads were given a base coat of asphalt but that
surface has eroded over the years. Township
officials said the plan was for the township
to take over maintenance of the roads once the development was completed
but the project has not been completed.
Headley said an agreement requiring McHolme to fix the roads before
turning them over to the township had
expired. He said the township might want
to withhold renewing that agreement until the builder addresses the road
“But we’re paying taxes here,” said Paul Hochendoner, who lives in one
of the homes.
Hochendoner asked where the tax money is going if it isn’t being used
Board of supervisors Chairman Tom DeRosa noted that the road is, in
effect, like a driveway because of its private status and therefore
couldn’t be maintained with public funds. DeRosa said he would talk to
McHolme officials about the problem.
Supervisors asked Solicitor Bernie Schneider to investigate whether the
township could cite the builder for the
poor condition of the roads.
Not everyone at the meeting was unhappy with
Residents who live in an area served by a newly rebuilt bridge linking
Ripple Road to Pangburn Hollow Road gave DeRosa a thank-you card for
overseeing the project.
“We did it in rapid fashion,” DeRosa said.
The project, he said, which cost $17,768 to finish, was possible because
local businesses and individuals provided at low prices, or even
donated, their goods and services.
The township’s engineer had estimated
it would cost $240,000 to rebuild the bridge.
In other business, there is still no word on when the
township will appoint a new police chief.
DeRosa, who is handling administrative affairs for the department, said,
“We haven’t decided what we’re doing,” adding that not having a chief is
saving the township about $125,000 per
The township’s former police chief, Tom
Staley, retired Aug. 14.