Douglass Township supervisors highlight meeting safety measures

The supervisors began their Aug. 19 meeting by acknowledging the incident that occurred earlier this month in Ross Township.

Three people were killed on Monday, Aug. 5, as the result of a shooting that took place during a Ross Township municipal meeting.

After announcing the exits of the Douglass Township council room, the supervisors held a moment of silence for those lost on Aug. 5.

Paul Bauer, Esq., Supervisor Solicitor, stated that in response to the Ross Township incident, the Douglass supervisors had an executive meeting to discuss safety.


“We decided to indicate exits and police presence,” said Bauer. He continued to state that other ideas were mentioned for the township building itself, such as signs, glass set between township employees and residents, and more room between the aisles of seats. “The supervisors want the public to know that they’re taking it seriously.”

“In case we do have such a situation as Ross Township, there is a police presence,” said John Stasik, Jr., Chairman.

During the meeting, an update was provided by Bauer regarding Mountain Mulch. According to Bauer, since July, Mountain Mulch has been in compliance with guidelines by the Zoning Hearing Board.

“No new complaints have been reported since the last meeting,” said Bauer.“A group of residents intend to file a lawsuit; they need to inform the supervisors if they decide to do so.”

The site will by visited periodically by township staff.

In other news, the Douglass Township Recycles 2013 Open House and Shred Event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clement S. Seroski Recycling Center, 108 Municipal Drive, Gilberstville.

This event is for Douglass Township residents only. For more information, contact Douglass Township Recycling Center at 610367-2381.

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