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Animal Safety Also Considered in Delaware Township Emergency Plan

Animal Safety Also Considered in Delaware Township Emergency Plan
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, August 31, 2017
by Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY – Helping residents keep their pets and livestock safe during a natural disaster, something that might be considered more in other parts of the state, was put into focus in the updated Delaware Township Emergency Management Plan.

During last week’s township Board of Supervisors workshop prior to its regular meeting, Township Emergency Management Coordinator George Beodeker gave a presentation valuating different aspects of township emergency response.

Beodeker said he would discuss with supervisors the report’s points about training and planning and a list of needs to best serve township residents during an emergency.

It would include utilizing Akenac Park as an emergency hub.

“There are a lot of gentlemen farmers and more horses in township now than in any other time in the 27 years I’ve been here, even chickens.” Beodeker said.

“A lot of things could happen in a long-term disaster when animals become vulnerable.”

He said the report was put together with the help of Kristin Jones, who spent 10 weeks as intern contracting 70 businesses and organizations to gather an inventory of information in case of an emergency.

Beodeker said 95 percent of the goal for the report was reached.

“Many were glad we contacted them and said they had not been contacted in a long time,” Jones said afterward. 

Jones received a proclamation from the supervisors acknowledging her efforts after the presentation. 

Another element Beodeker discussed was equipment to be used during an emergency.

“The equipment we have is serviceable but old in technology, age and ability,” he said.

He said there are “six or seven” dams on water bodies along Silver Lake Road that are in issue.  “If they fail catastrophically, it would be impossible to travel from the northeast to the southwest side of the township,”  Beodeker said.  “We have a number of people who would be isolated.  We can look at what purpose Akenac serves in that situation.”

Beodeker said overall infrastructure of the township would be evaluated with the supervisors. 

“This is an insurance policy for the citizens of the township,” he said.

Beodeker in his report recommended the township approve paying for township emergency Public Information Officer Robin Jones to attend the Emergency Preparedness and Hazmat Response Conference at the Sheraton Square Hotel in Pittsburgh on Oct. 17-19.  Beodeker said he has attended it for the past 20 years and paid out of pocket.  The board unanimously approved that request for Jones during the regular meeting.

The board also approved appointing Michael Kolenet as an interim roadmaster for the final two months of the year.  Township Roadmaster Charley Kroener is retiring as of Nov. 1.  A full-term roadmaster will be named at the township reorganization meeting in early January.  For those two months, Kolenet will be paid a prorated portion of Kroener’s $46,800 yearly salary.

The board also approved Kolenet’s attendance at the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Training for the Pennsylvania Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program on Oct. 11-12 and to attend the Pennsylvania LTAP training, Curves on Local Road Issues and Safety Tools on Oct. 5, both held for free at the Pike County Training Center Hawley.

The board also approved township Permit Assistant Lori McCrory’s attendance at the free Zoning in Local Municipalities Workshop on Oct. 5 at the Pike County Training Center.

Beodeker also reported an update of the township fire company, pointing out that Chris Kimble is taking over as Acting Chief after the current chief resigned for a personal, family reason.

He said the company would replace its old tanker pumper with a new one next year and that the company is preparing for the commemorative anniversary observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade center.  The board pointed out that members of the company are taking CPR training.

The board also approved, after lengthy discussion during the workshop, the use of field 4 by the Downtown Baseball and Softball 7pm from Aug. 28 through Oct. 16, with a field usage fee of $300 fee to cover potential damage to the field, as proposed by Supervisor Jane Neufeld, and that the academy list players on the Under 11 team who live in the township, as proposed by Supervisors John Henderson.

 Academy representative Krystyn Stasyshyn said during a workshop discussion before the meeting that the team would take the proper care of the field.  “Our name and reputation are at stake,” she said.

Field usage for adult softball and area Little League programs fees are $150 but board members stressed that the Milford-based academy is a for-profit organization, which had to be considered in an approval.  Resident Dawn Bukaj pointed out that other for-profit groups had been approved to use township property and recommended the board establish a written policy for those groups requesting usage of the township property.

The board approved a request from Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps. event chairman Kyle Wright to borrow township tables, chairs, traffic cones and traffic control devices for its annual Pig Roast and Community Fun Day Fundraiser on Sept. 3. 

In other meeting news, the board agreed to advertise for a joint public hearing 7:15pm on Sept. 27 of the township Planning Department and the supervisors regarding Birchwood Lakes Community Association’s request for land development and conditional use for its maintenance building on Tamarack Road and Evergreen Drive.

The board agreed in 2-1 votes with Henderson dissenting to purchase hay, cornstalks and pumpkins not exceed $750 for the township’s annual Harvest Fest and to approve “The Magic of Science” for two presentations for $695 at the event.  Henderson felt more information was needed on the science program.  The approvals followed long discussions in which Neufeld said some of those items might be omitted to save money and that some volunteers and local farmers may donate some items.  Supervisor Ron Hough said the event is well attended and he did not want to see anything cut.  “My goal is that we see volunteers get back into saddle,”  Henderson said.

“You talk about cutting costs when the township is in surplus so why not do something for the citizens?  When is the last time the township was in a deficit,” Beodeker objected.  “I’m tired of hearing about volunteers.  We’re not spending a fortune for families in the community who have struggled enough with taxes and other expenses.  It’s frustrating.”

Resident Dennis Lee asked during public comment period at the end of the meeting about township Constable Ed Hammond having been assigned as a security officer during meetings.

Lee said he contacted the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and was told that a constable cannot be assigned to a township meeting as security.  He questioned whether Hammond should be wearing constable identification.  But township Solicitor Tom Farley said he had received a call from the PSATS legal office to discuss the call from the township resident.  Farley said he was told there is nothing prohibiting a constable from being there.

The board was asked if ti ever passed a motion to assign Hammond and Farley said it was more of a “tacit agreement” by the township in response to the fatal shooting in August 2013 of a township supervisor in Ross Township in Monroe County, and that question would be researched.

It was discussed whether Hammond, if assigned, should attend as a constable or a private security officer and Hammond said there is a “moonlighting clause” in the laws governing constables working in private assignments.

Farley also responded to resident Steve McBride’s point about what insurance coverage is involved in security protection.  HE said a lot of that would be clarified for the January reorganization meeting.

Three boys scouts of local Troop 174 were on hand to announce they are receiving merit badges for Citizenship and Community; Kyle Grunwald, who will be a 10th grader at Delaware Valley High School; Evan Williams, who will be an eighth grader at Dingman Delaware Middle School; and Alexander Rodriguez, who will be a sixth grader at Dingman Delaware Elementary.

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP BUDGET HEADED TOWARD NICE SURPLUS

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP BUDGET HEADED TOWARD NICE SURPLUS

By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, August 17, 2017

DINGMANS FERRY – Delaware Township’s budget got a clean bill of health during its current exam of the first eight months, as presented by township Administrator Krista Predmore at last week’s township workshop before the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.

A total actual income of $1,208,823.26 for the township was tabulated versus $822,527.52 for actual expenses.

Income was projected for the yearly budget at #1,239,023.24.  Actual expenses are about a third less than the $1,293,023 estimated for the budget. 

“Overall, I think the budget will be at a surplus at the end of the year,” Predmore told the gathering.  “Expenditures should be minimal for the rest of the year.”

That is, barring an unforeseen emergency or natural disaster such as hurricane or an early season epic snowstorm.

If it stays the course, what that should amount to is no tax increase for the next fiscal year and perhaps another tax decrease.

The board of supervisors last year unanimously approved a tax millage rate of 9.68 for the 2017 budget year’s taxes and the forth drop in the last six years.  That’s uncommon in the challenging financial climate.

Predmore attributed it to 99.1 percent of real estate taxes having been collected and that the real estate transfer taxes at $92,731.78 have exceeded by about $22,000 the $70,000 budget projection. 

INSURANCE POLICY SAVINGS

She said the township invested carefully in insurance.  In fact, supervisors during the regular meeting last week, along with approving a renewal of its annual property/inland marine/crime/commercial auto with MRM, moved other policy coverages to that company based in the Philadelphia area.  After considerable research, the board proposed and approved unanimously changing its general liability insurance to MRM for $7,100 and its liability insurance for public officials/employment practices to that company for $9,647.00.  Compared to other price quotes, Supervisor Jane Neufeld said the “savings is considerable, over $15,000 saved.”

“We’re in a comfortable place,” said Predmore, who pointed to last year’s budget at the end of the year 20 percent ahead of projections, with expenses at 1.3 percent above projections.

“We’ve worked hard to things, like lower insurance rates,” Predmore said afterward.  “We always look to see where we can reduce the amount of expenses.”

In other meeting news, the board agreed to pave certain parking areas of Akenac Park in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.  The board also, after discussions on the subject during the workshop, unanimously passed a motion at the meeting to add “no vaping” alongside “no smoking” on the written policy and on the park signage.

Lori McCrory, township Permit Assistant and an Akenac park liaison, said many visitors to the park the prior weekend were smoking vapor cigarettes.  Although they differ from tobacco cigarettes, McCrory said they set an example for the younger visitors with their families and that many adults were smoking them at different areas of the park, more than usual.  Although township ordinance does not establish a penalty for the offense, McCrory said most people agreed to stop when reminded of the “no smoking” directive , but requested a designated “no vaping” designation.

The board advanced to the township Planning Commission a proposed zoning ordinance amendment establishing the placement of dog kennel classification under conditional use based on whether it is in a commercial or residential area.  McCrory said residents complained of excessive barking from a lot of dogs housed by a neighbor, but she said her research found that the township ordinances defined what is a kennel but set no restrictions.  The existing ordinance defined the term “kennel” applying to anyone with three or four dogs breeding on the property.

The township denied a request by the Downtown Baseball and Softball Academy, based in Milford, to use Field No. 4 at the township municipal grounds on Mondays from Aug. 14 to Oct. 16.  It involves the academy’s Under 11 travel baseball team for 10 and 11 year olds.  Resident Steve McBride pointed out that this is a “for profit” venture for using township property, which typically is granted for nonprofits.

The supervisors agreed with McBride’s suggestion that the township should charge the academy more than the $150 service fee per team for use of a field and that the academy help maintain upkeep of the field after using it.  Academy representative Krystyn Stasyshyn was at the meeting and said the academy would be open to a higher fee and would inform her league of the township’s directive that it must help in the upkeep of the field.

Predmore said she and Stasyshyn would keep in communication and the academy’s request would be reintroduced with those revisions at the next meeting on August 23 for consideration.  Stasyshyn said they would need a field soon with the league season about to open or the academy would have to look elsewhere. 

Supervisors approved the use of the municipal building for 9am to 4pm on October 19th by Diakon Community Services on behalf of the Pike County agency on Aging for Medical Open Enrollment assistance and counseling.  Neufeld stressed the importance of the event as a community service.  The board also approved use of the municipal building from 9am to 4pm on Sept. 28 by the Milford Valley Quilt Guild for a class.

The board also granted a request for the use of the municipal building for a general community meeting of resident from Pocono Mountain Lake Estates Sections 4,5,6 on Sept. 23 from 9am to noon.

The date was changed from Sept. 9 Although the private community has a clubhouse for meetings, it is for residents in Sections 2 and 3, one resident pointed out.  Akenac Park was approved for a Sept. 3 Labor Day Family Nature Getaway Weekend from 2-5:30pm by PEEC.  Shawn Coleman, during public comment, said he appreciated the playground equipment for families at Akenac Park and praised the township for its “diligent efforts to improve and promote a great product” with the park.

Dingmans Ferry Historical Society will hold its annual Ice Cream Social for township residents at 7pm Thursday at the Delaware Township Municipal Building.

Scheetz Resigns As Delaware Township Supervisor; Neufeld Named Interim

Scheetz Resigns As Delaware Township Supervisor; Neufeld Named Interim
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, August 3, 2017
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY – Jane Neufeld was seated on the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors six months earlier than expected during its bi-monthly meeting on July 26.

The township auditor and a regular at the supervisor meetings, Neufeld was approved in a vote by township supervisors John Henderson and Ron Hough as an interim replacement for the rest of this year for Jeffrey Scheetz, who resigned as supervisors and treasurer on the board a day earlier.  Scheetz, who had served as chairman of the board, said he and his wife were relocating to New Jersey to join his children and grandchildren who live there.  His term expires at the end of 2019.

Henderson then was named board chairman and Hough was named to the vice chairman post, which had been held by Henderson.  Ironically, Henderson had the shortest term of service on the board at the start of this year.

Neufeld also was approved by Henderson and Hough as Treasurer.

Scheetz is the second supervisor in the township to resign this year.

Tom Ryan stepped down as supervisor in January to devote more time to his retirement from the contracting industry and to spend more time at his other residence in Florida.  Hough had been named interim supervisor for that position for the rest of the year.

Neufeld in May had defeated Hough in the Republican primary for the seat vacated by Ryan in the Primary Election.  There was no opposing candidate on the Democratic slate for the May election, so Neufeld was running unopposed in the November General Election.

Last week, she was named interim Supervisor for the seat held by Scheetz until January when she begins her full six-year term.

“To have a chance to get a let up in learning with the other two supervisors and employees and learning this part of local government service to our residents is fantastic,”  Neufeld said.

To take the interim position, Neufeld resigned as township auditor she had been holding before she was sworn in as supervisor.

Resident Steve McBride endorsed the selection of Neufeld during the township workshop prior to the regular meeting, pointing out that she not only would gain experience but also be able to give input on the town budget with her experience as auditor, although township Solicitor Thomas Farley said Neufeld still could recommend revisions after beginning her full term in January.

The Pike County Republican and Democratic committees will seek candidates to run in the November General Election for the remaining two years of Scheetz’s term, starting in January.  Those candidates will be named in early September.  Th committees also have to select candidates for auditor for the General Election.

“I never saw this before with this timing,” said Farley, referring to a resignation coming after a primary election that leaves it up to the county’s committees to select a candidate.

Hough may get another shot at a full-term supervisor seat if selected by the Republican party, but said afterward he is open to the possibility and would just wait and see what would happen.

In his letter of resignation to township Administrator Krista Predmore, Scheetz said.  “I apologize for the suddenness of this announcement, but, as many residents of the township know, my wife and I have been considering moving back to New Jersey in order to live closer to our children and grandchildren.”

“It has been my honor to serve the good people of Delaware Township and to help supervise its many outstanding employees.  Please convey my best wishes to them and my sincere gratitude for all their hard work on behalf of the township.”

“Lastly, I would like to recognize the current and past supervisors I have serve with.  It has been my honor to help them represent our citizens .  I would also like to thank our solicitor, Tom Farley, for his sage advice and friendship, which has made my job as chair of the BOS so meaningful and pleasant.  I would like to especially recognize you, Krista, for your professionalism, patience and accessibility.”

Henderson praised Scheetz during the public comment period at the end of the meeting, saying, “Although we occasionally disagreed, he was a gentleman.  I held him in high esteem with his integrity.  It was good working with him.”

Henderson said the resignation was no surprise.  “Everyone knew it was coming for a couple of weeks,”  he said.

“I knew it was a matter of time,”  said Len Glamann, head of the township Planning Commission who said it looked like Scheetz might have closed on a sale of his house two months ago before it was finally completed this week.

Changes already are under way with the turnover on the board.  Henderson made a motion that was unanimously approved to change the starting times of the supervisors’ workshop before the meeting to 6pm and the time of the regular meeting to 7pm.

He said moving the starting times a half house later would give more residents an opportunity to attend the meetings.

Also at the meeting, the board approved adopting the Akenac Park Recreation and Kitchen Rental Policy with full kitchen use at rate of $400 for five hours and $80 per additional hour and would include mandatory online training for kitchen and food safety.  The board also approved the online training package of $248 annually for usage of both Akenac Park and the township building kitchens.

Also approved by the board was a stringent township donation policy and application to nonprofit organizations and individuals who must show that the work directly impacts township residents along with following other guidelines.  Three years of tax returns also must be provided in the request.

The board approved the $139,700.90 contract bid of JPA Masonry for the new salt shed project at 145 Wilson Hill Road to be completed by Sept. 29.  Township employee Ed Hammond asked how it would be funded and Predmore said there was a $100,000 line item for the project in the current budget and the rest would come from the general fund or capital reserve.

The board also approved renewal of its annual contract with Portland Contractors Inc. for August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018 as the township’s Certified Water Operator at a rate of $400 per month.  The board pointed out it was the least expensive firm that meets the qualifications.

Mike Kolenet, Mike Moffa, and Hammond were approved by the board to attend a free LTAP Chainsaw Safety Training and Demo 8am to 3pm on Thursday at Chestnuthill Township in Broadheadsville.  Glamann asked if it would reduce township insurance costs and Predmore expressed doubt but said she would look into it.

The board approved a budget workshop 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 2.

Delaware Township Weighing Stringent Policy on Donations

Delaware Township Weighing Stringent Policy on Donations
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch-Thursday, July 20, 2017

DINGMANS FERRY – Any nonprofit or goodwill community cause will need to dot a lot more “i’s” and cross a lot more “t’s” to get funding approved by the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors.

A proposed township donation policy and application took up much of the discussion during the township workshop before the regularly scheduled meeting last week and appeared headed for approval before it was tabled for the next meeting.

The holdup involved getting the same wording added to the one-page policy that already was in the accompanying two-page application that requires the applicant to show that the donation will directly benefit the Delaware Township community.  It’s stated in item No. 13 of the 24 questions on the application.

The supervisors asked township Attorney Robert Bernathy, sitting in for lead Solicitor Thomas Farley who was unavailable for the meeting, if they could amend the motion to include that item No. 13 into the policy.  After brief discussion, they decided it would be better to table the matter until drafting a revised policy with the item and then put it to vote.

The stringent policy states that the applicant must include in the request financial statements for the last fiscal year and a projected budget for the next fiscal year.  It must include tax returns of the last three years. 

Considerations for the supervisors include how many people will benefit, particularly those who reside in the township’ activities and fundraising by that organization.  The township will not fund projects or services performed by the township or other governmental agencies or school activities already paid by school taxes. 

The application is ever more detailed, asking if the applicant has a history of service to the township community and for how long, the purpose of the donation and the reason for the project or service.  It also asks who will benefit and how, admission or membership fees for any event where funding is requested and any grants received or applied for in the project.  It also asks if there are other sources of revenue with an explanation.

Resident Jane Neufeld asked about application form item No. 13 to define the word “tangible” on the subject of what “direct tangible benefits to the Delaware Township community” would come from the funding.

“Tangible is a hard word to define, “ Neufeld said.  “(Delaware Township) taxpayers can get something out of it (the project) but it may not be tangible.  It may not be able to be measured.  To have that (word) stand alone makes me nervous, that a lot of services might not be tangible.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Scheetz admitted afterward that the word might be “problematic” but said it would be kept in the policy.

The board at its meeting tabled passage of the Akenac Park Recreation and Kitchen Policy with a rental rate of $400 minimum for five hours and $80 per additional hour.  It was tabled because of an item that would be added to the policy requiring applicants take an online course on kitchen safety.

Township Supervisor John Henderson during the workshop introduced the online course for anyone from the public requesting use of the Akenac Park kitchen as well as township employees using that kitchen or the one at the municipal complex. “The kitchen is subject of concern in terms of safety,” said Henderson.

He said the course, which would cost the township $245 yearly and can be offered for an unlimited number of users, can be completed in an hour’s time.

It covers personal protective equipment, hazardous chemicals, common accidents and injuries, fire prevention and fire safety, electrical safety, foodborne illnesses, personal hygiene, pest and waste management and cleaning and sanitizing.

Also, Boucher & James Inc. consulting engineers reported on their June 22 inspection of the pier work at Akenac Recreation Hall.  “Our observation confirmed work was proceeding in accordance with the intent of the design plans,” it reads.

DELAWARE PLAZA UPDATE

During the workshop, the board discussed an update of the Delaware Plaza project it requested from developer Joe Hudak after residents inquired at the previous meeting.

“Things are moving along,” wrote Hudak in an emailed response to township administrator Krista Predmore.  “PennDot has issued a temporary construction permit to allow us to enter and exit the (construction) site.  We are optimistic that the next submission to PennDot will result in the issuance of both the Sign Timing Permit and Highway Occupancy Permit for all of the driveway locations and other highway improvements to Delaware Township.

The board also got a response on July 7 to its June 15 letter to PennDot regarding the condition of Wilson Hill Road’s roadside barriers that are falling out of their proper positioning.

“Please be advised that the District Traffic Unit has scheduled a review of this section of Wilson Hill Road,” the response reads.  “Upon completion of the review you will be informed in writing of our finding.”

The letter said flashing yellow warning signals would be installed in areas of concern.

Also, the board presented a correspondence from Dingmans Ferry Stone to township administrator Predmore, who was absent from the meeting, regarding one resident’s detailed report of large dump trucks on Doolan Road, rather than their using State Route 2001/Milford Road.  A representative from that company said tis trucks are not using Doolan Road and said a lot of trucks, in fact, involved with the Marcel Lakes project take Silver Lake Road.  The representative said trucks from other companies could be using Doolan Road.  Neufeld said she noticed an improvement in that situation lately, that it seemed more trucks are taking Milford Road and fewer are on Doolan Road. 

The board approved GAIT therapeutic riding’s usage of Akenac Park on Aug. 27 from 11am to 4pm to present and celebrate a newly acquired therapy horse.  It also approved the township fire department to handle parking and traffic control, which it has offered to do for free.

The board agreed to table examining the bids for the new salt shed project on 145 Wilson Hill Road because of what Bernathy regarded as significant clerical error in one company’s bid that needs to be fixed.

The township approved a $120,855.40 quarterly payment to its volunteer fire company.

A township Board of Supervisors Budget Workshop is scheduled for 7-9pm on Aug. 2.

Announcements from the board included an American Red Cross blood drive 10am to 2pm on Saturday at the Delaware Township Ambulance Corps at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry.  Walk-ins are accepted but pre-registrants with the Red Cross can avoid possible lengthy waits…The Family Fund Festival Fundraiser at Holy Trinity Church, 103 Delaware Crest in Dingmans Ferry, on 1-6pm on July 29 will benefit the Holy Trinity Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

SAFE HAVEN RENEWS APPEAL FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP FUNDING

SAFE HAVEN RENEWS APPEAL FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP FUNDING
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch, Thursday, July 6, 2017

DINGMANS FERRY – Safe Haven Executive Director Tamara Chant returned to the Delaware Township Supervisors for their bi-monthly workshop session last week for an update on the Pike County agency and another appeal for funding.

Chant, who again was accompanied by Safe Haven Vice-President Allison Taylor and Treasurer Brian O’Hare, had visited the supervisors in December and were told to return when their financial restructuring was completed. Chant said her agency passed state and federal compliance standards on finances and data recording for nonprofits on March 9. Since then, it has served 60 clients who are victims of abuse, including 56 women, three men and one transgender. There also have been 33 calls to the hotline and 11 shelter nights recorded in that span.

“We’re doing great since March 1,” said Chant whose staff of size includes herself, three advocates and two outreach specialists, along with 11 volunteers working out of their Milford Borough offices.

Chant requested a $10,000 donation from the township, whose budget carries a $6,000 limit for overall donations. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Scheetz said afterward that funding could go beyond that $6,000 limit if merited. Delaware Township did not donate to Safe Haven last year while awaiting results of the restructuring. It donated $10,000 in 2015 and $5,000 in 2014.

Chant said reports of possible federal and state cuts on the horizon threaten the yearly budget that projects at $412,410 for fiscal year 2017-2018. As a result, there has been an even greater push for support from townships, community foundations and grant writing. Dingman Township already has donated $10,000 and Lehman Township has donated $2,000.

Cuts to the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence budgets would affect subsidies to Safe Haven.

“We’ve even looked at school districts because we do a lot of work with them but they’re not in a position right now,” said Chant, whose agency has a Media Literacy presentation plan for ninth graders in both the Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North high schools for next school year on how media can affect healthy relationships.

Safe Haven has opened a satellite office in Lehman Township to cover the southern end of the county. It operates two hours a day on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Supervisor Ron Hough asked if Safe Haven has clients from the township and, if so, how many. Chant said there are township residents who are clients but said privacy agreements prevented her from specifying the number.

Resident Jane Neufeld pointed out that Safe Haven payroll expenses ($224,919) make up more than half the upcoming budget and was told it covers the many hours put in by advocates, who are paid hourly for their work. “That’s very typical of agencies like ours,” Taylor said.

Safe Haven also pays, a mortgage on its building. O’Hare said owning the building will increase equity over time for borrowing money as needed. “We’re looking to strengthen the agency and grow is,” he said.

“We’re very excited about the work Tamara and her staff has done,” Taylor said. “They’ve done an outstanding job of outreach, so much more than the former staff.”

Safe Haven had a Colorfest at Akenac Park on Saturday.

VIRUS PROTECTION FOR WEBSITE

During the regularly scheduled meeting, the board approved $648 for a managed support/security plan with plug-in/modular updates for the township website with the Niki Jones Agency that manages the website. It came after owner Niki Jones gave a detailed explanation during the workshop before the meeting showing the need for the update to prevent possible Malware viruses from hackers while the township loads updates to the website.

The board approved $93,600.15 for Waycorp, Inc. of Waymart to repave Chestnut Ridge Road and line stripe a number of roads in the township.

The Township also is executing an agreement for the Gravity Rail at Akenac Park playground with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company.

The agreement calls for replacing the wheels above the seat that youngsters ride on the rail. They’ll be replaced by the end of July. The agreement covers the next five years as needed. Children often have been unable to ride the rail on seats with the momentum from their weight, as advertised, and another person would have to push them along. If the product enhancement kit does not correct the problem over the next year, Miracle agreed to remove the gravity rails for free and refund the township $14,940.

“I think the company realized they made a mistake,” said township Solicitor Thomas Farley after a lengthy discussion with the company led to the agreement.

The board approved general park policies for Akenac Park that were discussed at previous meetings. Residents of the county enter for free and non-county residents living in the state pay $5 but out-of-state residents pay $30. Visitors from outside of the county who are guests of the township residents are admitted for free pending verification at the front gate.

Neufeld recommended writing into the policies in the future about the catch-and-release for fishing at the lake but township employee Ed Hammond said it is posted on signs throughout the lake area.

The board approved a $413 payment to Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. for copyright to present “Smurfs: The Lost Village” on Free Movie Night at Akenac Park on August 19th and also approved the Birchwood Swim Team to operate a concession stand that night on condition it presents a certificate of liability insurance. Resident Dawn Bukaj suggested during the public comment period at the end of the meeting that the board look into movie nights with adult-themed movies as well for middle aged and senior residents.

The board tabled two motions. Once for use of Akenac Park by GAIT Therapeutic Riding to present and celebrate the acquisition of a new therapy horse. Board members are awaiting details on whether GAIT can meet the conditions to use the park. The other motion as for the Akenac Park Recreation & Kitchen Rental Policy with full kitchen use of $400 for five hours and $80 per additional hour rented. Supervisor John Henderson said he was looking into more information on the policy.

TRUCKS ON DOOLAN ROAD

During public comment, Jim McCaw expressed concern about the heavy truck traffic along Doolan Road near where he lives. A resident since 1991, McCaw said that on June 15 he kept track of traffic from 8:30am to 4:30pm and said it included 76 trucks, and all but 10 of them were dump trucks that he figured were involved with the quarry nearby. Neufeld said those trucks apparently preferred not to take Milford Road/State Route 2001 “because they feel it’s not safe anymore.” She said maybe roads should have updated classifications.

Farley said the only way to regulate the situation would be to establish weight limits on the road in agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Other than that, it’s not enforceable,” said Farley, who added there has to be a balance struck on the matter with local businesses. “All we can do is ask” that those trucks use Milford Road, said Scheetz. Henderson said he had talked with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, who said she’s look into it.

The board presented, in coincidental timing with Safe Haven’s request, a donation policy during its workshop session. Scheetz said it will set a precedent for boards in the future with some stringent guidelines, including submitting three years of tax returns, showing the extent that entity serves the township residents and that its work does not duplicate activities already supported through school taxes or already provided by the township or other governmental agencies. The amount of fundraising that organization needs to do also will be weighed.

The board announced a blood drive at the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry from 10am to 2pm on July 22. Donors must make appointments in advance with the American Red Cross.

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