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Municipal News

By Miranda Startare

Carroll Township Board of Supervisors announced at the January 6 monthly meeting that they are in the process of revising the current animal ordinance and that the ordinance will allow chickens and bees – with restrictions.

The current ordinance prohibits chickens, but the township has formulated the new ordinance based on various other townships’ ordinances, which will prevent the animals being kept in the borough unregulated. According to Carroll Township Solicitor, Herman Bigi, the township has been working on the amended ordinance for awhile, stating, “We want to work with our residents,” adding that, “We’re looking out for the protection of the non-participants – the people that don’t want it.”

The ordinance will be restrictive, according to Solicitor Bigi, limiting the number of chickens, requiring a permit, and requiring regulations on coups, feed storage, and locations of chickens, as well as other rules. The ordinance prohibits roosters. The township noted that the ordinance has not yet been adopted and the planning commission’s approval is needed before a public hearing will be announced.

The Board of Supervisors also held its annual organizational meeting following the regular meeting. The Board includes Chairman Thomas Rapp, Vice Chairman James Harrison, Supervisor Gary Lenzi, and Secretary-Treasurer Sharon Cramer.

                The township also re-appointed the following:

  • Herman Bigi (Township Solicitor, $2,400 retainer fee)
  • Chief of Police Paul Brand (Public Safety Director)
  • Dennis Butler (Zoning Officer)
  • Kimberly A. Secreet (Animal Control Officer, $200/month)
  • Widmer Engineering of Washington, PA (Township Engineer)
  • Keystone Collections (EIT and LST Tax Collector)
  • PA Municipal Services (Prior EIT Tax Collector for delinquent taxes prior to 2012)
  • Charleroi Federal (Depositories, all funds)

The regular monthly meetings will continue to be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at the municipal building.

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