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Twp. Schedules Info Meeting on Earned Income Tax

 Twp. Schedules Info Meeting on Earned Income Tax
By: Bessy Gurian
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, February 18, 2016

 DINGMANS FERRY-At their Tuesday, Feb 9 session, the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors approved holding a special information meeting on earned income tax.

The meeting, which will be open to all residents and which will be presided over by the Board of Supervisors, will provide concerned citizens with answers to questions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of an earned income tax.

 A representative from Berkheimer, the Earned Income Tax Administrator for all of Pike County, will be on hand to provide information on the workings of an earned income tax, its benefits and drawbacks, as well as answer questions from residents and the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors.

 In comments made to this publication immediately following the Feb. 9 Delaware Township meeting, Jeffrey Scheetz, Chair and Township Secretary, stated there was no commitment to an earned income tax, but did think they had an obligation to explore it.

 “We’re not hurting for money tax-wise.  We have funds coming in to do the kinds of things that township entities need to be doing…but we want to find out, is there a better way to do it?  Can we lower property taxes significantly without putting an undue burden on the people who work?”

 The information meeting will take place Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm in the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry.  For more information, visit the Delaware Township Website at, their official Facebook Page or the township office bulletin board.

Other items approved by the Board of Supervisors included the purchase of a $14,000 roller from Medical Industries to replace the existing rollers owned by the township, as well as a letter of support to Representative Tom Marino regarding HR3630 legislation as it pertains to U.S. Route 209.




MCHC Dental Care Van



 Makes Premier Appearance in Milford


Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. (MCHC), will present

 its new dental care van for viewing Wednesday, February 17th, at

 506 Broad Street in Milford, PA, from 10:00 am to 12 Noon.

  During the regularly scheduled Pike County Commissioners

 meeting, set for 9:00 am, MCHC Chief Executive Officer

 Theresa M. Butler, MPA will be invited to share her vision

 for the van in the provision of additional services to

 Orange and Pike Counties.


Following the meeting, area residents will be able to tour

 the van, meet staff, and receive relevant information

 regarding MCHC dental care services at its 140 Hammond

 street location in Port Jervis, NY and 27 North street site in

 Middletown, NY.


A special focus of the dental care van will be veterans, seniors

 and others for whom access to dental care services is limited

 or not available.

  Event information at (908) 451-1206


Delaware Votes To Help the Animals

  By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, February 4, 2016

DINGMANS FERRY- A packed house Wednesday, Jan, 27, debated the pros and cons of Delaware Township donating tax dollars to Pike County Humane Society, Inc. The often-heated discussion was prompted by a request from Humane Society Executive Director Barry Heim for a donation equal to 50 cents per township resident.  The 2010 censes recorded 7,396 residents of the township. In a written request, Heim noted that the Humane Society has served Delaware Township for 18 years but has not received contributions since 2008.  “Last year alone, over 30 percent of our calls and workload were from your township,” his written plea stated. “Several months ago, we attended one of your meetings to let you know what our services are and how we continue to help the residents and their pets.  We also informed you that these services cannot continue without receiving adequate funding."  The request threatened to discontinue services in the township Feb 1 “because you feel that our services are not important enough to be included in you budget for 2016.  In an impassioned speech that drew several rounds of applause from spectators, Heim said, “The last thing we want to do is stop servicing Delaware Township, because you don’t need us until you need us.” Jane Neufeld, secretary for Delaware Township auditors, supported Heim’s request. “It’s time for us to recognize that this is something that impacts humans,” she said.  “We have the amount (requested) in the budget I think it’s something we can and should do.  Supervisor Tom Ryan noted that a Humane Society report lists net assets for the organization at $127,000. Heim said, however, that $100,000 of that amount came in the form of a bequest.  He said he had to reduce the society’s manpower from nine to seven people because of revenue shortfalls.  Ryan wondered if it is the township’s obligation to help finance the Humane Society, a comment that drew widespread opposition. In the end, it was Ryan who moved that the township donate $4,000 to the Humane Society, $302 more than would have been contributed at 50 cents per resident. Motions regarding maintenance and activities at Akenac Park sparked additional controversy as Supervisor John Henderson stood against any expenditure in that area. Three motions-one of which was retroactive-were approved by 2-1 margins for such expenditures.  They were: $1,903.43 to buy plumbing materials for the Rec Hall Kitchen from Home Depot; $2,366.59 to buy tools for plumbing projects, also from Home Depot; and $5,135 retroactively to buy tile for the bathhouse from Pocono Interiors. A fourth motion, to approve an estimate from Combined Energy Services of $4,800 for the park kitchen was tabled at Ryan’s request pending receipt of additional information.  “I’m not in favor of putting good money after bad in Akenac,” Henderson said in voting against the expenditure.   He also said any such expenditure request should include the total labor cost using township employees, including benefits and workers compensation, a suggestion that was approved unanimously by the supervisors. An Akenac project that was approved was payment of $66,690 to Kobalt Construction for septic system replacement. Approval was given for use of Akenac Park for five events: Easter Egg Hunt March 12; free movie nights July 9 and Aug. 13; Harvest Fest Sept. 24; Trunk or Treat Oct. 22; and Dickens Christmas Dec. 10. Approvals were given for use of the township building by Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Police for March 12, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 10; by  for Pocono Mountain Lake Estates Jan. 30 from 9 to 11am for its January meeting; by for the Lion’s Club Thursday, March 3,5 to 7pm and Friday Mach 4, 2 to 9pm, for its fish fry; and Delaware Township Democratic Club for the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30pm.  The supervisors announced that electronic recycling days have been canceled because the vendor raised the collection rates from $10 to $20 per carload, with an obligation to the township to make up the difference in the vendor’s monetary goal is not met.  Other are municipalities will be surveyed with an eye to possibly pooling efforts.  A motion to advertise for additional Planning Commission members died for lack of a second.  The Planning Commission currently has five members.  There was some confusion as to whether the township was permitted to expand in according to local ordinances.

 The correction should read Delaware Township requested assistance from the Volunteer Fire Police for the following dates:  March 12, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Dec. 10.

Delaware Fire Dept. Lists Strategic Plan Goals

 Delaware Fire Dept. Lists Strategic Plan Goals
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, January 21, 2016

 DINGMANS FERRY-A year-end report from the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company to the township supervisors Wednesday, Jan 13, included a list of areas in which improvement is planned, according to fire company President George Beodeker.Strategic plans will be developed for one-three-and five-year goals, Beodeker said, with a focus on the infrastructure of the fire company.These include identification of capital projects as both buildings and all physical plant systems are at least 25 years old, replacement of aging equipment to meet “service life” considerations, new standards and regulatory requirements, and resumption of fire company social activity fundraisers to increase interaction between the public and members in a non-emergency environment. Beodeker said social activities being considered include golf outings, a turkey shoot, a 5K walk/run, holiday parties and dances and a firefighters’ field day.

Another area Beodeker stressed is recruitment.  Currently, the fire company has 40 members, about two-thirds of whom are active firefighters or fire police.  In 2015, six firefighters resigned and four new members were recruited, but, Beodeker stressed, it will take time to fully train the new staff.

 Adams Creek Rescues

The continual need to rescue people who sustain injuries at Adams Creek was another area Beodeker cited, noting that while Adams Creek is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is under federal jurisdiction, Delaware Township rescue personnel are also called to the scene in case of emergency.  Then, he said, township personnel are restricted from offering assistance until federal officials arrive.  In addition, he said, the possibility exists that an emergency could take place elsewhere in the township while rescue personnel are tied up at Adams Creek. “It’s inevitable that one of our residential houses is going to go up while we’re there hanging off the cliffs.”  The potential also exists for a Delaware Township firefighter to be injured during such rescue operations, leaving township taxpayers liable for a workers compensation claim. The supervisors agreed to send a letter to NPS Superintendent John Donahue, seeking a meeting on the matter, and to invite emergency responders from Dingmans and Milford townships as well. In another matter, the supervisors announced that a lawsuit filed by township auditors against the township and former supervisors has been dismissed.  Supervisor Tom Ryan said he does not expect the case to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.Auditor Jane Neufeld said the supervisors spent $24,878 on the case.  She said she does not expect further bills to arrive from their attorneys.

Numerous organizations were granted permission to use township facilities.  Approved requests for the township building include Warrior Extreme Cheer for a year-end party March 5; the Republican Club for the third Friday of each month beginning Feb. 19; Gambetta Ballet for each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Jan. 19 through May 27 and Sept. 6 through Dec. 31; Delaware Township Auditors every third Saturday as needed, starting Feb. 20; and Milford Valley Quilters Guild every Monday in 2016 and Saturday, March 26.  Ryan commended the Quilters Guild for donating 30 quilts to the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton, with the intention of donating an additional 270 in the future.

The supervisors also:

  • Accepted an application for a license to operate a junkyard by Kathleen and John Henderson at 1756 Route 739;

  • Accepted the resignation of Steven R. Guccini as solicitor for the township Zoning Hearing Board;

  • Approved tax abatement for Donald Clyde Farber for property located at 130 Gumtree Lane, based on the disabled veteran real property tax exemption certification.


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



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