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Supervisors Approve 2016 Budget

 Supervisors Approve 2016 Budget
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, December 24, 2015

 

DINGMANS FERRY-The Delaware Township Supervisors approved the 2016 budget at a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, featuring a one-fourth-mill tax decrease.

The budget calls for tax revenue of $1,134,192.98 from property taxes, $75,000 from real estate transfer taxes, $30,200 for licenses and permits and several smaller sources of revenue from non-business licenses and permits, fines and forfeits, interest, rents and royalties, intergovernmental accounts, building permits and public safety.

The total revenue anticipated for 2016 is $1,332,167.98.  That figure is matched by expenses, including $165,317.98 for governing body necessities, $11,000 for auditing and bookkeeping, $18,000 for tax collection, $66,200 for legal fees, $125,300 for office administration, $20,000 for data services, $25,100 for engineering services, $122,000 for building maintenance, $552,917.98 for general government, $55,000 for office administration salaries, $147,200 for fire control, $6,000 for ambulance and rescue, $37,500 for sanitation, $212,700 for public safety, $288,150 for highways, roads, and streets, and $159,000 for employee benefits.

The township tax rate will be 12.68 mills.  This means the owner of a home appraised at $100,000 will owe $1,268 in township taxes down from $1,293.  The township office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas.  The Dec. 23 meeting has been canceled

 

Dispatch Article 11.5.2015

 

Delaware Plaza Project Takes Step Forward
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, November 5, 2015

 DELAWARE TOWNSHIP-The proposed Delaware Plaza Shopping Center on Route 739 is one step closer to reality as township supervisors granted preliminary approval at a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 28.

 Attorney John T. Steih conducted a question-and-answer session with project engineer Joseph Hudak of Kiley Associates in which topics such as sewage treatment, infrastructure, traffic management, landscaping and impact to surrounding properties were addressed.            

Hudak said only land development and conditional use approvals were being sought.

Sewage management will be handled by an on-site enclosed treatment facility, Hudak said, involving aeration and chlorination.  The treated water will then be disposed of using a drip irrigation process that allows treated water to seep slowly to the roots of surrounding vegetation.  Hudak said the PA. Dept. of Environmental Protection had already approved such a system

Underground retention ponds and monitoring wells will be used for storm water management, Hudak said.  He stressed that streams and rivers will remained unchanged.

Hudak also noted that few surrounding wooded areas would be affected.  Those on the rear of the property will be retained as a buffer between the center and residents.

The center is the brainchild of Centerpoint Properties of Atlanta, a firm that constructed such local commercial properties as Milford Landing (Staples), Westfall; Westfall Town Center (Kmart) and Lowe’s.  The Center’s footprint will encompass 26 acres north of the current Dingman Medical Center, and include 77,000 square feet of commercial space.  The developers anticipate the center will be home to a supermarket, a bank and three food service structures, as well as other retail outlets, Scuttlebutt has it that the supermarket will be a Weis, but neither Steih nor managing Centerpoint partner Charles Miller would confirm or deny the rumor.

Centerpoint will pay for a new traffic light at the entrance to the center, as well as highway access, Hudak said.

 A groundbreaking is anticipated in the spring, he said.

 During the public comment portion of the public hearing, Alan and Kimberly Alexander expressed concern about sewage treatment odors.  Hudak said he anticipates that sewage would be rendered odorless.

Kathleen Henderson expressed concern about security at the center, worrying that it would attract drifters.  Steih said the developers have no current plans to hire private security, noting that no such service was needed at the Westfall Township facilities.

But he had no answer when it was pointed out that Westfall is protected by a police department, while Delaware Township relies on PA. State Police from Blooming Grove.

 In Another Matter

Dr. Trilby Tener raised the ire of the supervisors when she asked if supervisor chairman Thomas Ryan was receiving special favors from companies contracting with Delaware Township.

 Tener noted that several firms that have contracts with the township also have worked on Ryan’s home, an implication that Ryan would not comment on.  But both Supervisor Jeff Scheetz and Township Solicitor Tom Farley took umbrage at Tener’s implication.

 “I think you’re suggesting some compensation for votes,” Farley said.  “All the supervisors have to vote.  No one supervisor has any more authority than any other”.

Farley called Tener’s comments “a little nasty” and “inappropriate.”  Scheetz said he was “insulted by what you said.”

In Other Business

 Supervisors authorized Kobalt Construction, Inc., for the Akenac Park septic system replacement project for $78, 000.  The matter had been tabled at the Oct. 14 meeting when eight widely divergent bids were opened, but upon review by consulting engineer Boucher and James, Inc., the supervisors accepted Kobalt’s low bid.

 The supervisors agreed to renew the township Worker’s Compensation policy with Amerihealth for $21,699, and to make final payment of $1,845.45 to Rutledge Excavating for the Akenac emergency access.

 Supervisors renewed TruGreen service for the ball fields for 2016 at an annual $3,6000, which includes lawn service, lime application, and vegetation and grub control, and renewed TruGreen service for Akenac vegetation control for an annual $350.

 A motion was approved to purchase kitchen equipment for the Akenac recreation hall from Singer Equipment Company for $54,590, using funds from the Monroe Legal Share Account.  Jane Neufeld asked if the money in the grant was nearing an end and was told there is still roughly $180,000 left.

A donation of $2,500 to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry was approved, as was a disabled veterans real property tax exemption for Jackie T. Singer, 127 Pocono Circle Drive West.

The 2016 budget will be available for public inspection at the municipal building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, from Nov. 20 through Dec 21.Finally, it was announced that the November board of supervisors meeting scheduled for Nov. 11 and 25 have been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18.  The workshop will take place at 5pm and the regular meeting at 6pm.

 

               

 

Delaware Twp. Tables Park Sewage Bid

 

Delaware Twp. Tables Park Sewage Bid
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, October 22, 2015

 DINGMANS FERRY-Financial matters took center stage as the Wednesday, Oct. 14, meeting of the Delaware Township Supervisors.

 When the bids were read for construction of a sewage disposal system at Recreation Hall in Akenac Park the supervisors voted to table the matter due to a wide discrepancy in the totals.

The bids were solicited for construction of two 1,500-gallon septic tanks, one 1,500-gallon pump tank, about 585 lineal feet of 2-inch, schedule 40 force main and a 25-by-100-foot elevated sand mound.  But the totals ranged from a low of $78,000 from Kobalt Construction to a high of $285,000 from J.S. Write Excavating.

 “I’ve opened bids for years and I’ve never seen such a wide range” said township solicitor Thomas Farley.

The other six bids were: $94,700 from Chilewski Enterprises; $108,857 from EBI LLC’ $151,000 from Residuals Management Services; $157,185 from Leeward Construction; $159,600 from JEV Construction; and $168,341 from Pioneer Construction.

In other financial moves, the supervisors agreed to pay several bills totaling $52,768.89, transferred $249,524.61 from several funds to cover expenses, voted to renew the State Workers Insurance Fund workers compensation policy for $20,912 and agreed to renew Aetna Dental Insurance employee benefits for $316.40 per month, a decrease of nearly 5 percent from 2014, and Aetna Life and Disability insurance employee benefits for $216 per month.  Both are effective Dec.1.

 Supervisors rejected four bids for paving the rear parking lot of the township municipal building: Wayco Inc., $87,954.60; Intercounty Paving Associates, LLC, $97,777; Leeward Construction Inc., $99,890.70 and Northeast Site Contractors, $107,021.

 A $39,650 bid from Kocher’s Water Pumps Tank, Inc., Bath, for the Akenac Park water system reconstruction project was accepted, with an additional $50 for removal of existing equipment.  Also bidding were Favor, Inc., of Jessup, $62,485 with an additional $3,853 for existing equipment removal, and Surburban Water Technology, Inc., of Gilbertsville, $71,000.  Surburban did not submit a bid for removal of existing equipment.

The supervisors voted to donate $5,000 to Safe Haven of Pike County, an organization that combats domestic abuse and sexual crimes.

 A motion was approved to purchase tile and grout for the Akenac Park recreation hall kitchen from Pocono Interiors for $4,180.

 Also approved were motions to buy a new refrigerator from Mountain Restaurant Supply for $2,155.12 for the municipal building kitchen and the purchase of stairs for the recreation hall kitchen for $914 from Beech Pond Woodworking.

The supervisors also accepted the donation of a TSR Series commercial stove from resident Al Peselnick.

 The supervisors agreed to waive the $309 building permit fee for the Delaware Township Fire Company roof and refund $372.32 in 2015 real estate taxes for Harold Strassburg, 106 Martine Court. Lot 52, under the disabled veterans real property tax exemption.

 In Other Business

It was announced that a public hearing would be held jointly by the board of supervisors and planning commission Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:45 p.m. regarding conditional use and land development at Delaware Plaza.

The issue concerns a traffic study, which the supervisors deem unnecessary, according to Farley.

 Resident Jane Neufeld asked if state requirements would be followed if the study were waived.  Farley said the issue would concern only Delaware Township’s ordinance.  “The township can never supersede state regulations,” he said.

The supervisors approved use of the municipal building for several events, including a Medicare Part D open enrollment assistance program Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Pike County Area Agency on Aging.

Gambetta Ballet (Silver Sneakers) requested and was granted the use of the building each Monday, Little Acorns Daycare was approved to use the building Friday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. for its annual Christmas party, the Delaware Football League was granted use of the building Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for an open-forum board meeting and the Lions Club was given use of the building for an all-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday, Oct. 21 31 from 8 to 11 a.m.

An electronic recycling day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the municipal building, 116 Wilson Hill Road.  The cost is $10 per carload. 

Finally, the Delaware Trunk or Treat and haunted house will take place Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Dickens Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec 12, from 3 to 8 p.m.  Both events will take place at Akenac Park.

 

Volunteers to Attend Pipeline Safety Course

 

Volunteers to Attend Pipeline Safety Course
By: Patti Martin
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, September 3, 2015

DINGMANS FERRY- Supervisors last Wednesday approved the attendance of three volunteers for the annual pipeline safety course. 

 The 6 ½ hour course, to be held at Genetti Manor in Dickson City, will cover first responder information pertaining to pipelines in the area.

Charley Kroener, Ed Hammond, and Mike Kolenet will all be in attendance.

                 The course is timely, following a fire at the Milford Compressor Station on Aug. 10.  Delaware Township can provide assistance to surrounding townships, including Milford, when necessary.

                 The course, which is being held on Sept. 2, will cover pipeline purpose and reliability, safety initiatives of pipeline companies, product hazards and characteristics, leak recognition, emergency response, and defining “high consequence areas.”

                 Course sponsors are Buckeye Partners LC, Columbia Gas Transmission, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, and UGI Utilities.

 Shooting Range Update

                 Also in Delaware Township, the Roy Hull Shooting Range is moving forward with a public hearing set for 6:15pm Wednesday, Sept. 9.  The range will be for target practice, and will replace the car wash on Route 739 across from Failte.

 Akenac Park

                 Improvements at Akenac Park will continue with an Eagle Scout project from Cody Dailey.  Dailey intends to repair the trail behind the maintenance building.

                 He will also install three workout areas.  They will be 16” x 8”.  He intends to fill the areas with pea gravel, and move the current workout equipment to these areas.

                 Supervisors also approved and announced several events for the park.  On Sept. 9, the Office of Veteran’s Affairs Pike County will hold a barbeque.

                 The Harvest Fest is scheduled for Sept. 26, from 11 am to 3 pm, and the “Trunk or Treat” will be Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 am to 3 pm.  The Haunted House will also be the 24th, from 3 pm to 7pm 11 am to 3pm.

                 The next Delaware Township meeting will be at 6 pm Sept 12 9, at the township building.

   

2016 Pike County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program Public Meeting

2016 Pike County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program Public Meeting


A public informational meeting will be held on August 12, 2015 at 10:00am at the Pike County Fire Training Center located at 135 Pike County Blvd. Lords Valley, PA 18428. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a POTENTIAL Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in Pike County for 2016. Representatives from DCNR and Pike County will be on hand to explain the steps Pike County residents and Community Associations need to take in order to be considered for inclusion in a 2016 gypsy moth program should there be one.

This is a state program, run by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with cooperation from Pike County. STATE and FEDERAL funding for a 2016 gypsy moth spray program has not yet been announced. Pike County’s program IS CONTINGENT on receiving this funding for the program.

The public meeting will provide information on the application process in order to be considered for gypsy moth spraying in 2016. Application deadline is SEPTEMBER 1, 2015. Application forms and more information can be obtained on the County website www.pikepa.org or www.pikeconservation.org or by calling 570-226-8220 or at the following locations: PIKE COUNTY GYPSY MOTH PROGRAM, 556 Route 402, Blooming Grove, PA 18428 or County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford.

Please note: Submitting an application and fee only allows your property to be evaluated for the program. It does not guarantee that the property will be included in the program. Properties will be evaluated in Fall 2015 and landowners will then be billed for a portion of the costs for spraying. Costs have not yet been determined. Costs will be based on the total acres included in the spray program AND the STATE and FEDERAL funds allocated for the 2016 program.

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