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Fireworks on Exeter agenda

Township waive fee for Hometown Heroes

EXETER TWP., Pa. - Fireworks issues were on the agenda at the Monday evening meeting of the Exeter Township supervisors.

In 2017, two permits were issued for fireworks, one for May Days — an Exeter School District festival that was postponed to July 20 and 21 because of bad weather — and one for Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports and gives back to first responders and members of the military.

The Exeter Township supervisors agreed to waive the $500 permit fee for fireworks for the upcoming Hometown Heroes event.

John Cusatis, township supervisor, abstained from the vote because he is a member of the sponsoring organization for the Heroes.

In another fireworks matter, the supervisors discussed whether to bring the township’s fireworks ordinance into compliance with new state regulations with respect to the sale and use of fireworks.

The supervisors discussed modifying Exeter’s ordinance and voted 4-0 to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks on township property in 2018.

Real estate actions

The supervisors heard from Don Laudenslager, a representative of ARS Realty Land Development, regarding plans to re-purpose an existing building at 3901 Perkiomen into office space. ARS’ plan review is scheduled to expire July 13, and the company sought a six-month extension because of delays caused by PennDOT.

The supervisors unanimously approved the extension.

By a 4-0 vote, the supervisors approved granting Rigby/Koch final plan approval for a minor subdivision.

Also by unanimous vote the supervisors granted an extension to Sheetz Inc., to submit plans for final plan approval.

Sheetz plans have been delayed by the ongoing controversy surrounding the former Bowl-O-Rama property, 4100 Perkiomen Ave., where the new Sheetz would be located.

Other Business

In a 4-0 vote, the supervisors agreed to spend no more than $35,000 to upgrade the AV system in the township meeting room. The equipment would include a projector, microphones, audio equipment, two whiteboards and six laptop computers.

The supervisors also agreed to have township solicitor, Sam Cortes, prepare an ordinance to rescind the township fire ordinance to address inconsistencies in the existing ordinance and bring into compliance with current fire ordinances in other municipalities.


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