Woodward Township residents concerned about excavation

LINDEN – Several citizens came forward to voice their frustrations and concerns with a neighbor’s logging activities to Woodward Township supervisors during their Wednesday night meeting. The board also reviewed the township’s storm water management ordinances and developed a plan to have them updated.

Local residents expressed concerns about logging activity being done on Jim Liberti’s Harvest Street property.

“We recognize that a person can do what they want on their own property; we just want to make sure that he has applied for the proper permits for this type of project,” said Tammy Mitcheltree, who also resides on Harvest Street.

“He’s excavated half the mountain. This is major earth-moving; big trucks come and go on our street all the time,” Mitcheltree said.

Other neighbors also came forward with complaints, including Marilyn Krape, who also lives on Harvest Street. Krape’s property contains a small, private road that she has cared for for many years. According to her, the road is only 13 feet wide – not suitable for large, heavy trucks.

Another issue is that Harvest Street ends at Liberti’s property, rather than ending in a cul-de-sac. Because of this layout, those making deliveries on Harvest Street are forced to drive backward to leave the area as there is nowhere for drivers to turn their vehicles around.

“I sat for 20 minutes and watched the poor FedEx driver try and turn around,” Mitcheltree said.

“Imagine if there was an issue where we needed to get emergency vehicles back there,” she added.

According to Gary Knarr, road superintendent and zoning officer, the township will follow up on the issue in the near future.

“No resolution will be found tonight. All I can tell you is that we are aware of this problem now and we can look farther into it,” said Chairman Alan Worth.

The board voted to have employees at MidPen Engineering review their current storm water ordinances and draft resolutions, which will bring both the zoning and land development storm water management plans.

This should cost about $1,000, according to Marc Drier, township solicitor.