North East Township Supervisors finalized financing for equipment at their Aug. 20 meeting. They also agreed to formalize a prior appointment of Frederick Shunk as code enforcement officer.

Supervisors approved a lease-purchase agreement with Kubota for a new mower. The $14,872 unit will be paid off in five annual payments.

Solicitor Robert Jeffery presented a debt statement for the purchase as required by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. “It shows that we haven’t exceeded the borrowing amount that’s permitted,” Jeffery said.

The board also approved the lease of a new JCB backhoe loader with 0 percent financing through Trinity Financing. Five annual payments of $15,254.40 will start in July 2013, supervisors said.  Both purchases were approved earlier this year.

Shunk was initially appointed code enforcement officer in August of 2005 but was not reappointed thereafter. The solicitor recommended that he be sworn in again and reappointed annually at the reorganization meeting held each January.

Supervisors also approved the use of the meeting room Tuesday, Aug. 28, by the North East Smart Transportation Initiative.

The Initiative was formed when North East Borough and Township were jointly awarded $300,000 through the PennDOT Community Transportation Initiative.

Two sessions were approved. The first involves stakeholders; the second the general public, as well as representatives of business and industry.

The public session, which begins at 7 p.m., will be the first held on the project, supervisors said.

Residents are welcome to speak about all facets of transportation, including traffic, safety, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, tourism and downtown revitalization.

Supervisors also discussed how to avoid spot zoning in a commercial district where a resident wishes to build a new home and then tear down his old residence.

“He cannot do anything to a residential structure in commercial zoning,” Jeffery said. “He has to go to the Zoning Hearing Board.”

Since the property adjoins agricultural areas on two sides, supervisors suggested rezoning a portion of the property to agricultural, which permits residences.

“That would bring everything into compliance,” Supervisor Dennis Culver said.

The solicitor was also authorized to represent the township’s interests at an appeal hearing regarding non-permitted signs put up on trailers on the Wajeeh Rahal property on Bort Road along I-90. The hearing was to be held on Aug. 22.

Supervisors also announced that all lines are now in the ground for the first phase of the ongoing sewer project. Wiring of the pump stations is now under way and connections will begin once the system has been tested.

Supervisors will hold their next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Township planners will meet the same night at 7 p.m.

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