Clean Up Planned for House on Cemetery
28, 2014- Jim Grant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.