In 2018, I attempted to acquire a list of township assets by first peacefully inquiring if I could see it as I am one of the township auditors, but this was denied. Next I filed a series of Right-to-Know Law requests. Interestingly enough, the township was able to deny the RTKL request that I filed for any list of township assets, full or partial, by stating that no list of assets, partial or otherwise, exists. I directly informed the township supervisors of this situation when they summoned me to one of their meetings to try to remove me from office.
Next, I was able to acquire the deeds to township properties and vehicles, which are public documents and accessible via the links below. The exception was to the 306 Butztown Road property (“the Rec”) at Butztown and Route 191 across from Trinity Lutheran Church which has the township’s 18 acres of ballfields, playground, concession stand, and the old municipal building which the township is converting into a senior center. The township did not have a copy of this deed.
Here is a PDF of the titles to the township’s 24-vehicle fleet as of September 18, 2018. There have been some changes since.
Here is the deed to the township’s flagship property and offices at 623 Municipal Drive, near the intersection of Daniels Road/Rt. 946 and Gremar Road. It was apparently purchased at a sheriff’s sale for $1,327,600.00 on January 20, 2012.
Here is the deed to the land transferred to the township by the fire company on Hanoverville Road on May 12, 2014 for $1.00. As an exhibit in the deed are the April 2014 Articles of Merger as Hecktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. was absorbed into Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company.
Here is the deed to the large tract of recreational land the township is currently developing around the NE corner of the intersection of Georgetown and Newburg Roads from April 22, 2002. It is also the home to the recycling/mulch center. It was sold from the estate of Doris M. Remaly to Lower Nazareth Township for $1.00.
Here is the deed to Georgetown Park across from Ash Drive and Georgetown Road on the flood plain of the East Branch of the Monocacy Creek bordering the Fehnel’s Cattle Creek Farms (great eggs and meat there, and the township’s other jewel for beef is angus meat from nearby Just Enuff Angus.) Georgetown Park is a grassy area with creek access. Georgetown Park was acquired from George R. Reinert in 1976 and is 5.411 acres.
Next is the deed to Surrey Glen Park near the intersection of Georgetown and Hanoverville Roads. This park was purchased on June 7, 1998 for $75,000 from Barbara and Lauren Anne Kingston. The park is large, flat, grassy meadow totaling 614,611 square feet (14.1 acres) and borders on the Monocacy Creek.
Last is the deed to Hahn’s Meadow, a 15.36 acre park on Hanoverville Road opposite Schindler Drive, which is the main road for a new development. A thin isthmus of grassy land leads past a wall of trees to a lovely grassy pocket inside a copse of trees surrounding the Monocacy Creek. This land was given by William H. Hahn, Sr. and Mabel M. Hahn to Edward and Pamela Faust on June 30, 1977 and sold by the Fausts to the township for $29,121.35 sometime in 1979. Interestingly enough, the Fausts did not sign or date the copy the township has, and there is a note that “This deed is given in lieu of condemnation.” I do not know the full story, nor was I even aware this was township land until a sign went up while the Schindler development was being built recently.
There is slightly more information on the township parks on the township’s website here.
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