Perry Bowser has been with the township since 1989, and as the municipal engineer, his duties are vast and technical. As required by the Second Class Township Code, a township engineer must be licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Professional Engineer and is appointed by the board of supervisors of the township.
The duties of the engineer are as directed by the board of supervisors for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of streets, roads, pavements, sanitary sewers, water systems, bridges, culverts, and other engineering works. The township engineer prepares reports, information or estimates on any township engineering work or on questions submitted by the board of supervisors.
The engineer is typically involved in a project from the initial planning stage through design, bidding and procurement to the construction and start-up of the public work. In addition to his involvement in township public works projects, the engineer is also involved in the review of plans for private development within the township. The engineer determines compliance of the proposed private work with the engineering aspects of township regulations. The engineer’s work is affected by a variety of factors, including government regulations, public safety, construction costs and environmental angers.
Perry also handles mapping duties for all of the township's public infrastructure. In 2012, the township is embarking on a new GIS/GPS mapping project which will map all of the township's roads, water, sewer, and storm water drainage systems. Perry is heading up that project as well with designing the database and mapping structure of the program and will oversee the collection of the GIS data that will be used in the mapping process.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 259,320 municipal engineers employed in the United States as of May 2009. More than 50 percent worked for architectural or engineering firms, so the township is privileged to have an in-house engineer, rather than being forced to contract out daily activities.
Perry can be contacted by calling the township office at (814) 371-4220 or by using our contact form.
In dealing with the zoning, code enforcement, and permitting, we have made several documents available for download and review as well as applications for general permitting, which can be filled out and returned with the other necessary required paperwork to obtain building permits etc.
Please remember that all online copies of codes, ordinances, and maps are for review only and are not to replace the printed copy located at the township office. If a discrepancy is to be found between the two, the printed copy will overrule the online copy.
Pennsafe handles building permit issuance and inspections. Applications and information can be found on their website.