Westfall Township, Matamoras, PA
June 5, 2012
A public hearing was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 for the purpose of taking public comment on the proposed Fire Loss Ordinance forWestfall Township. The meeting was held at the Westfall Township Building onDelaware DriveandLaBarr Lane,Matamoras,PA18336at 7:30 p.m.
Those present were Chairman,Robert Ewbank, Vice-Chairman,Paul Fischer; Supervisors, Raymond Banach,Larry Flansburg, andRobert Melvin; Solicitor, Robert Bernathy and Secretary,Lisa Green. Also present were Treasurer,Scott Myer; Zoning Officer, Mike Rendleman; Bill Schneider, Luis Bocaletti, Ann Marie Catalano, Chad Stewart, Jay Edwards, Bob Bostinto, Karl Flail, Valerie Pedone, Mary Smith, Dr. & Mrs. Waldman, Mr. & Mrs. Robert DiLorenzo, Don Quick, Jolie DeFeis and approximately 27 members of the general public.
Solicitor Bernathy stated this ordinance has been advertised for public hearing at 7:00 PM however the board was in executive session and it is now 7:30 PM. In any event the ordinance has been advertised and the proposed ordinance is an ordinance of Westfall Township pursuant to act 98 of 1992 providing that in fire losses the insurance company, association or exchange shall transfer insurance proceeds to a designated officer of Westfall Township as a portion of the insurance proceeds to be held as security against the total cost of removing, repairing or securing the damaged structure, providing for fees, providing for penalties for violation and establishing procedures and requirements regarding insurance proceeds and to the implementation of Act 98 of 1992, as amended by Act 93 of 1994 inWestfall Township.
Solicitor Bernathy opened the floor to public comment.
Karl Flail asked if his house burned down and he has access to his insurance company does that mean that the town has access to his insurance funds. Solicitor Bernathy said yes that is the case. That is what this ordinance is about to see that the properties are cleaned up. That is if they are not implemented accordingly.
Solicitor Bernathy said we want to make sure that properties are cleaned up in that blight is managed. Further stating there are claims out there that are not honored and there’s no way for the Township to get money to help clean up the property. Mr. Flail questioned if it affects properties that are decades old and the owner has just disappeared. Solicitor Bernathy said no because there is no entity to get the money from.
Bob Bostinto asked if the money would be placed in an escrow account. Solicitor Bernathy said yes and the insurance proceeds will be held as security and used to repair or replace the home.
Public hearing closed at 7:33 pm on a motion by Supervisor Flansburg. Motion is seconded by Vice-Chairman Fischer and carries with all in favor.
Lisa A. Green