Geese control

In a different park issue, Martucci praised the job done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get rid of a concentration of geese at Laubach Park and recommended the USDA be brought back to do some “maintenance.”

“From what I can tell, the goose population is almost down to zero,” said Martucci, “but there should be some kind of a maintenance program. I’m in favor of continuing it, at a reduced cost. They’ll send us a price.”

He said the problem with geese in the park was almost completely eliminated through a combination of oiling eggs, which prevents them from hatching, and harassing adult geese until they leave. “It didn’t happen overnight, but it worked great.”

Martucci said before the USDA got involved several years ago, the park had 50-60 resident geese. “Now I see two there occasionally.”

He said the park was being covered with geese droppings.

Commissioners will act on the proposal once USDA gets back to Martucci with details.

He said the original work down by USDA at the park cost $10,000. He guessed whatever new work would be done will cost $2,000-3,000.

First fire inspector being hired

The township moved closer to implementing its new commercial fire inspection program when commissioners approved a job description for a part-time fire inspector presented by Soriano.

The township manager hopes the first inspector will be hired within a month.

That person will have the responsibility “to put that program together and make it work,” said Soriano. “We want to start getting personnel in place so we can get started with the fire prevention program.”

He referred to the first person hired as “the lead inspector” adding that eventually additional part-time fire inspectors also will be hired for the program.

The inspection program will be under the township’s police department, because the individual hired will be deputized with arrest powers to enforce the new township ordinance.

The lead inspector will work 20-25 hours a week, with no benefits.

Soriano said the job will pay $17-$20 an hour, depending on the experience of the person hired.

Soriano said qualifications for the job will include at least three years of experience in the fire service, as well as knowledge of fire prevention, fire codes and fire inspection. He said that includes formal fire inspector and fire-fighter training and fire investigation experience.

The part-time inspectors hired for the program may be township volunteer firefighters who already have the necessary state training and certifications to fill those positions.

In December, township commissioners approved a Fire Prevention and Life Safety Ordinance that authorizes the inspection program.

In an unrelated issue involving emergencies, commissioners approved plans to add “emergency preemption systems” to the only remaining traffic signals in the township that don’t already have them.

Such systems allow emergency vehicles to always have green lights.

They will be installed along Lehigh Street, at the Regent Way and 33rd Street intersections.