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Township Auditors Exhaust Legal Account

 

Township Auditors Exhaust Legal Account
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, April 2, 2015

 

 DINGMANS FERRY-At the Delaware Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting last Wednesday, March 25, Supervisors Tom Ryan and Bob Luciano approved the final legal payment to Eastburn & Grey for the Township Auditors lawsuit against Delaware Township, Pennsylvania Municipalities Pension Trust, as well as previous Supervisors Ileana Hernandez and Thaddeus Parsell.  Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz voted no, without explanation.

Only $121.35 remains in the account, which originally had $25, 000 allotted to deal with the complaint regarding changes to the Township benefit pension plan.

Judge Linda Wallach Miller ruled against the case last fall, saying that the auditors who approved the pension plan in 2006 did not do their due diligence where the verbally agreed pension plan differed from the signed resolution, but that did not nullify the pension plan.  The current auditors then opted to appeal the decision.  The Supervisors said they would inform the auditors of the account depletion via letter.

 Akenac Bid Awarded

Following a two-week delay to evaluate references and qualification, the Supervisors awarded the bid for the construction of the Emergency Access Road at Akenac Park to Rutledge Excavation.  They had the lowest bid out of nine, for $71,943.12, and were recommended by the Township Engineer, John Tresslar of Boucher and James.

In Other Business

 The Delaware Plaza project will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 at an informal meeting between the Planning Commission and Kiley Associates; the public is welcome to attend.

A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on April 8 for amending ordinance 110.7 3 © Commercial Principal Permitted Uses and Condition Uses.  The stated intent of the amendment “is to have recreational facilities, whether indoor or outdoor, whether commercial or private, to be a Conditional use in a Commercial District.”

PEEC will have a Grand Opening for their “Trail for Everyone,” a new ADA accessible interpretive trail, at 1 p.m. on April 25, coinciding with the Annual Earth Day festival.

The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 8 at the Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Rd., in Dingmans Ferry.  Public workshops start at 5 p.m.

 

Delaware Supervisors Support Eagle Scout Projects

 

Delaware Supervisors Support Eagle Scout Projects
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, March 19, 2015

DINGMANS FERRY-two local Boy Scouts presented their planned Eagle projects to the Board of Supervisors during the workshop before the Delaware Township regular meeting on March 11.  Alfonso Grieger plans to build a sign for American Legion Post 851 and Wes Witheral plans to build park benches and bear-proof trash containers at Camp Akenac.

                 Grieger’s sign would be located on Township land, closer to the road than the current Legion sign, which is partially obstructed.  The sign will be 10 feet tall and have supports that extend 4 feet into the ground.  Materials will be donated, with a fundraiser to support, if necessary.

                The lighted sign will have removable letters and be powered by a solar panel.  The Supervisors gave permission for the sign to be on township property, provided that Grieger continues to work with zoning.  Grieger plans to follow the permit process after he receives approval from the Eagle Council.

                Witheral’s project for Camp Akenac involves building four to six wood benches at the playground and approximately three bear-proof containers for trash next to buildings.

                Materials will again be donated, with some of his troop volunteering to help with construction.  Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz suggested that he consult with the maintenance crew for locations, and the Supervisors agreed to give him a letter of support for the Eagle Council.

 BID AWARD DELAY

                Despite review and recommendation by Township Engineer John Tressler of Boucher and James, Supervisor Chairman Tom Ryan delayed awarding of the bid for construction of the Emergency Access Road to Akenac Park.  Nine bids were received and read at the previous Township meeting, ranging from $71,943.12 to $193,370.72.

                 Rutledge Excavating offered the lowest bid, and Tressler found it acceptable, being familiar with their work in Smithfield Township.  A resident in the audience said that the Park Service had been pleased with their work as will.  However, Ryan said, “I just want to see more paper,” than what Tressler provided, including references and qualifications.  The Supervisors expect to award the bid at the next regular meeting. 

PRIVATE ROAD CONDITIONS PROBLEMATIC

                 Representatives from the Delaware Township volunteer Fire Company expressed concerns over the road conditions of smaller property associations.  During a recent fire in Highland Acres, six “fire apparatuses” became stuck.

                Fire Engineer George Beodecker asked that the Supervisors send a letter, reminding the associations that they are responsible for keeping roads clear for emergency vehicle access.  Larger associations in the area, such as Birchwood and Wild Acres, were said to provide a plow in front of EMS vehicles during bad conditions.  The Fire Company also requests that residents keep their 911 signs clear from snow and other debris, as well as maintaining your driveway and walkways for emergency access.

                Fire Captain Sean Hughes gave the monthly report, saying that the fire company logged 160 hours of training, including ice rescue, and 129.5 hours reporting to incidents.  The new truck has arrived and they should have it in service at the end of April.  New equipment on the truck includes thermal imaging and forcible entry hand tools.

  EASTER EGG HUNT

                The Akenac Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28.  The hunt will begin at 1:15 p.m.., and the Lion’s Club will provide coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

                Photos with the Easter Bunny and crafts and prizes will be available until supplies run out.  If weather conditions are unfavorable, the egg hunt will be moved to the area of the Township Building.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Township Office at 570-828-2347.

  IN OTHER BUSINESS

                The Delaware Plaza Project will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at an informal meeting between the Planning Commission and Kiley Associates; the public is welcome to attend. 

                A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on April 8 for amending ordinance 110.7 3 (C) Commercial Principal Permitted Uses and Conditional Uses.  The stated intent of the amendment “is to have recreational facilities, whether commercial of private, to be a Conditional use in a Commercial District.”

                 The Supervisors approved new modular filing cabinets for the Township Office to consolidate 40 years of files and reclaim floor space.  The new system will cost $6, 268 and the old filing cabinets will be put up for bid, with the price to be determined by the highest bidder.

                 Disposal of any remaining filing cabinets will be at the Supervisors’ discretion after the bidding period is over.

                 The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on March 25 at the Township Building Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, in Dingmans Ferry.  Public workshops start at 5 p.m.

 

Bids Opened For Park Emergency Access

Bids Opened For Park Emergency Access
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dingmans Ferry-Delaware Township Supervisors opened bids for the Akenac Park Emergency Access Driveway Project at their regular township meeting last Feb. 25.  Solicitor Tom Farley oversaw the reading of the bids, which were submitted electronically to Engineering Firm Boucher and James.  Nine bids were received, ranging from $71, 943.12 to $193,370.72.  The bids will be reviewed by township engineers and awarded at the next Township meeting on March 11. 

Township Fees Updated

The Supervisors adopted Resolution 2015-07, updating the Township fee schedule.  Building permit fees continue to be the same as listed in Resolution 2015-04.  Retired Judge Steven McBride pointed out that temporary signs category excludes political signs.  McBride also questioned the cost of site investigation for water and septic, which was listed as “$50 (minimum per hour)” similarly to spray irrigation, which was listed as “$35 (minimum per hour).”  Farley and the Supervisors thanked McBride for his observation and said they would follow up with the inspectors for clarification and possible amendment.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Akenac Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28.  The hunt will begin at 1:15p.m. and the Lion’s Club will provide coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  Photos with the Easter Bunny and crafts and prizes will be available until supplies run out.  If you have any questions, you can contact the Township Office at 570-828-2347.

In other Business

Trainings and supplies were approved, including an additional 1,500 bar-coded stickers for Akenac Park.  The township purchased 1,000 last season, and have none remaining.  Advertising for part-time seasonal gatekeepers was approved, although the rate was still to be determined.

The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Mar.11 at the Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Rd., in Dingmans Ferry.

 Public workshops start at 5 p.m.

New Auditor Appointed For Delaware Twp.

 

New Auditor Appointed For Delaware Twp.
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, February 19, 2015

 DINGMANS FERRY-John Wells was appointed as Township Auditor at the Delaware Township regular meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 11, replacing Mike Dickerson.

 Township Supervisors accepted Dickerson’s resignation during their meeting on Jan. 28.  Supervisors Tom Ryan and Jeffrey Scheetz along with Solicitor Tom Farley, had Wells join them for the executive session before the meeting; Supervisor Bob Luciano was not present.

Volunteer Fire Company Update

 Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company President Megan Sykes will be giving a monthly report at the township meetings.       

 According to Sykes, there were 140 entries for over 3,000 man-hours for the Fire Company in 2014.  Last month, the Fire Company had 19 entries for approximately 275 man-hours.

  She specified that the man-hours recorded fore house nights as well as calls. 

 Upcoming Events

 The Supervisors set the date for the Akenac Easter Egg Hunt, March 28 from 1p.m. to 3p.m.  Planning of activities and refreshments is still ongoing.

  Free Movie Nights at Akenac Park are scheduled for Saturdays July 11 and Aug. 8.  The Supervisors have indicated that they want to focus on fewer, higher quality films this year.

 In Other Business

 The Supervisors approved the sale of Pike Count Repository Lot 11ABCD BLK W-804 Sec 8 for $1,361.99 to Lediny Martinez.  At the Jan. 28 meeting, they approved the sale of Repository Lot 52 ABC BLK B-97 Sec 13 for $1,500 to Susan Hagens.

 During that meeting, they also approved a lot line adjustment on Milford Road for the Hotalen/Snyder property and a lot improvement for Hazelton/Gallo property as recommended by the Planning Commission.

 Advertising for part-time seasonal staff, including lifeguards, maintenance, and road crew, was approved.

The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Rd in Dingmans Ferry. Public workshops start at 5p.m.     

 

 

 

County, Municipal Governments Reorganize

 

County, Municipal Governments Reorganize
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, January 8, 2015

 

Delaware Township- Tom Ryan will return as Delaware Township Board of Supervisors Chairman with Jeffery Scheetz serving as Vice Chairman.  Ryan will also serve as Township Treasurer and Scheetz as Township Secretary.  Krista Predmore will continue to serve as Delaware Township Administrator.  Tom Farley will continue as Township Solicitor at a rate of $150 per hour.  The Pike County Dispatch and the News Eagle were appointed official Township newspapers.

                  Scheetz commented during the reorganization saying, “How lucky we feel to have such a terrific staff.”  Resident Ron Hough spoke up to add, “I am proud to be a taxpayer in this township.”  Ryan proudly agreed with the expressed sentiments.

                 Delaware Township workshops will continue to take place at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, previous to the regular meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on the same days at the Township Building in Dingmans Ferry.

 

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