Work continues for updated Antis Township code

BELLWOOD – The Antis Township Board of Supervisors heard an update about the status of its recodification project at its meeting Thursday night.

Township solicitor Patrick J. Fanelli is currently in the process of reviewing all of the ordinances in the township code.

The review seeks to eliminate unnecessary provisions and make minor tweaks to the existing ordinances that might not merit an individual vote.

All of the changes will be approved together when the review is completed, Fanelli said.

A timetable for the final updated code was not given, as Fanelli said he is “still continuing to plod along” through the ordinances.

He also advised the supervisors that if they had any ideas for smaller changes that they should bring them to his attention soon.

“This is the time to do it,” he said.

Township manager Lucas Martsolf said that residents will have better access to the updated code in the near future, as well.

“When we get the new website up and running, everyone will have access to it electronically,” Martsolf said.

A definite launch date for the new website is not set, but it is expected in the next few months.

In other business:

n Martsolf offered the board an update on several capital improvement projects in the township, particularly some upgrades at the compost yard. The township will be installing a new sign and putting more space between the pick up and drop off boxes to create more spaces for residents to park.

“If you go down there during the day, it’s very full, often bumper-to-bumper,” Martsolf said.

New, larger bins will also help to upgrade the yard, he said.

n The supervisors approved the updated Blair County Hazardous Mitigation Plan, which is required for all municipalities. The requirement was enacted by FEMA in 2000, Martsolf said, in case of a local emergency.

n Board chairman Robert Smith asked the township secretary-treasurer to supply the supervisors with monthly updates on the funds brought into the township by the local services tax. The township voted late last year to increase the local services tax rate from $10 annually to $52, which is considered typical for this type of tax. People who work in the township pay the tax, and the increase only affects about 15 percent of Antis residents, Martsolf said in November.

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.