Rajesh Bandekar, who has lived in Upper Providence for the last four years, represented Collegeville Cricket Club in requesting a playing field for the cricket group. The group has 18 members and plays every Wednesday and Sunday.
"How much room do you need to play cricket?," asked Edward Murphy, Upper Providence supervisor.
Bandekar suggested a soccer field at Black Rock Park on Black Rock Road in the township that is rarely used. The field could be flattened out and a mat placed in the center to bounce a ball. The mat is removable after each game.
"This would be an ideal field," said Bandekar. "We would like to bring players here and have it grow in the township."
Philip Barker, vice chairman of the board of supervisors, said that in order for the club to obtain a desired field for conversion, the designated ordinance requires that 60 percent of the club's members live in the township. Additionally, the club supplies its own equipment and maintains the field themselves.
" To expend township funds for 18 people is unfair," said Barker, who asked that the Parks and Recreation Board research how much is involved as far as grading of the land and costs.
Valley Forge Baptist Temple and James R. Kennedy Excavating and Paving, Inc., requested allowance to sell topsoil from the site. The church had a sign posted to sell the dirt but was informed that according to township ordinance, board of supervisors' approval is required.
Planning commission member John Hughes suggested that the topsoil removal was a cut and fill issue. The board held over on allowing sale of topsoil until the township engineer calculates the on-site need or possible township use.
In other news, several hearings are scheduled for February regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ordinances and two other amendments to the zoning code.
The NPDES ordinance, set forth by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be a model ordinance as many other townships are less stringent according to Edward Skypala, township supervisor. The ordinance needs to be adopted by March 10.
The Rivercrest Pump and Hall treatment facility has been delayed. Weather and wet conditions have not allowed facility to get online and the DEP permit was extended until April 19, 2004.