RANSOM TWP. - The Ransom Township Board of supervisors discussed at its Nov. 5 meeting and ongoing issue involving a tenant of Sunset Mobile Home Park, Julian Deuerlein and several fines issued him by the township.
Deuerlein agreed Oct. 31 through his attorney at a hearing before Magisterial District Judge James A. Gibbons, to vacate his mobile home by 5 p.m. Nov. 5. In exchange for his departure, the township agreed to reduce the number of zoning violation citations—each carrying a penalty of $500 plus court costs—from 18 to one.
As of the time of the Nov. 5 meeting, township officials were uncertain whether the agreement was carried out on Deuerelin's part.
At about 4:30 p.m. I received a phone call from Julian's lawyer, Township Solicitor Edmund Scacchitti said, and he told me that he and Mr. Hanus' [the landlord's] lawyer had agreed to extend the time by two weeks. I said to the lawyer, ‘Well, no one asked me,' and I don't think anyone talked to Chief Gerrity.
He said after the phone call, he attempted to reach Gerrity, as well as Gibbons, because the agreement provided that unless someone called by that Wednesday morning, the settlement would go into place.
I intend to let Judge Gibbons know first thing Wednesday morning that we're going to have to go back to square one unless something is figured out here, he said. As I said, the township did not agree to extend the time for Julian to get out of there.
He said it is his understanding that Deuerlein was staying in a hotel, but had not yet moved his mobile home and belongings off the property.
Resident Ed Johnston complained Deuerlein ran over a flowerbed with his truck on the way out that day.
Also briefly discussed at the meeting was a public hearing notice regarding an application filed by Falling Springs Water Works, Inc. last winter requesting approval from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for surface water withdrawal of up to 800,000 gallons of water per day.
Supervisor Dennis Macheska noted the hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 2:30 in Harrisburg, and interested parties may attend in person or write letters, which may be sent to an address available by contacting the township office.
During the public comment section of the meeting, resident Bill Auriemma questioned whether or not individuals are permitted to hunt on township-owned property. Discussion followed regarding whether or not the property should be posted for liability reasons, but no conclusion was reached and no direct answer given.
Actions taken included: Unanimous votes in favor of two Berkheimer tax resolutions, a vote in approval of the chief administrative officers for the noon-police pension plan, a resolution appointing Secretary-Treasurer Sara Griggs as the township's contact person with PEMA, a Jones Land Swap resolution unanimously approved, a unanimous vote to accept Attorney Donna DeVita as solicitor for the Planning Commission for the next six months and as needed at a rate of $25 an hour and a $1,000 increase to her annual retainer and a vote approving an extension request for the Merkel subdivision.