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Clean Up Planned for House on Cemetery Hill
February 28, 2014- Jim Grant
BROCKWAY- The Snyder Township supervisors have begun to develop a plan for cleaning up the Lees’ property on Cemetery Hill which was found to contain a meth lab last September. The situation had turned violent leading to the critically wounding of PA State Trooper Brad Wilson, the subsequent death of Kenneth Lees, Sr. and the arrest of Kenneth Lees, Jr. on charges of fleeing the area and eluding capture.

The Snyder Township Supervisors have been assured that the crime scene has been cleared of evidence and any hazardous substances. Broken windows have been boarded up but there is a lot of trash lying around the outside. Mrs. Lees has indicated that she would like to put the place up for sale. For the sake of the neighborhood, the township has asked that it all be cleaned up and now, after an extended period of time with no action, the supervisors have developed a plan of action.

A deadline of May 1, 2014 has been set. If nothing has changed by that time, the township will move forward to have the house tested for asbestos and, have it removed if any is found. All appliances and carpeting must be removed. Then the Brockway Volunteer Fire Company will be free to use the site for a training exercise.

Brockway Fire Chief Jeff Fustine reported that they have responded to 4 calls since the last meeting, two vehicle accidents and two structure fires. In both cases of structure fires, getting to the site through snow covered roads was a problem. He cautioned area residents to keep their country lanes open as much as possible, and to keep all fire hydrants shoveled out for safety.

Emergency Management Director Terry Fustine reported that he is updating the township’s resource manual and then announced the formation of a township safety committee. If this documentation is approved by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, a 5% discount may be available on some insurance policies.

The township will also advertise for bids for limestone for this year. The next meeting of the Snyder Township Supervisors will be on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Building along Route 28 on the hill west of Brockway. 

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