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Haycock and state police go after noisy dirt bikes

Township eligible for American Recovery Plan funds


Haycock Township residents, who appeared at the June 7 public board of supervisors meeting to complain fervently about extreme disruption of their Roudenbush Road neighborhood by noisy dirt bikes, have been assured of follow-up on the matter by both their township and the state police.

Cpl. Bryan Billger, who was on hand for a status report on the new speed limit signs on Old Bethlehem Road that his unit helped implement, noted detailed complaints from four residents, including their unsuccessful attempts to get relief from the teenage riders and their parents. The state police presence in the matter is related to regulations governing the use of such vehicles on public roads.

Meanwhile, Supervisor Chair Kathy Babb directed the township solicitor to send a “courtesy letter” to offending parties, noting that the township has a noise control ordinance, and is prepared to move forward to enforce it if necessary.

Residents were urged to continue to monitor the matter, and also provide supporting data, as was discussed with the officials.

Also at the June 7 meeting, Babb reported that the Haycock Township Community Center is continuing the process of reopening, as pandemic restrictions continue to ease. The National Night Out on Aug. 3 was noted as one of the first major events. The Friday evening folk and blues jam is already happening.

Secretary-Treasurer Chris Bauer reported that the federal government’s $1.9 trillion American Recovery Plan, which includes funding for municipalities that was not included in previous Covid-related federal relief, is making its way to Haycock Township now as a maximum of $231,318, up from $218,498.

Guidelines on eligibility and restrictions for particular spending have still not been received, but Bauer said he expected “loss of revenue” due to the pandemic to be eligible. Half of the relief money is to be received next month, and is to be deposited in a PLIGT (Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust) account, with the balance coming a year later. The township has until 2024 to spend it.