Meeting TIme-Out for 9/11 Tribute
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, September 19, 2019
DINGMANS FERRY -- What was expected to be a brief, routine agenda for the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors at its bi-monthly meeting last week included a solemn, emotional observance of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when commercial airlines were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Supervisors, at the conclusion of their workshop that routinely proceeds the regular meeting, left the room and headed to the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company for the hourlong ceremony before returning to complete their normal business.
It's only the third time that the Board of Supervisors meeting occurred on the same day as the 9/11 tribute.
Supervisors and all of the public at the board meeting headed down Wilson Hill Road to the firehouse nearby where State Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-89, who spoke to the gathering, and Pike County Board of Commissioners Chairman Matt Osterberg joined 16 members of the fire department that included fire company President Ed Hammond, Assistant Chief Michael Cairns and Lieutenant Mike Moffa, and many residents.
"This is where I want to be today, with our firefighters and emergency responders," said Brown. "They are amazing people."
"This is the largest gathering over the past five years," said former Delaware Township fire chief George Beodeker. "They say wounds heal as time goes by but we will never forget."
Fire Chief Sean Hughes laid a commemorative wreath at the commemorative garden that had been set up by the fire company year ago after the 9/11 attack. The wreath honored the 344 firefighters who perished in rescue efforts that day.
"There were 2,977 people who died in the (two) towers that day but about 30,0000 were rescued," said Cairns, who set up much of the commemorative event.
"The mission was to save as many lives as possible," said Hughes. "We lost a lot, but we saved a lot."
Fire chaplain Ted Persall gave a heartfelt prayer. Hughes's wife, Stacey, and daughter, Kayla, gave emotional speeches, with his daughter, choked up with tears as she ended her emotional speech.
A video and musical score also was presented as some people sniffed through tears.
Beodeker talked about the difference between a legend and leaving a legacy, which he feels members of any fire department are tasked to do for other firefighters.
"That is our legacy, an amazing legacy," Beodeker said.
Cairns said that every year he selects learning about one firefighter who perished at Ground Zero to learn more about that person and he selected for this year a chief from Brooklyn, as he recounted his many achievements and acts of bravery and his final day of service.
When they returned for their regular meeting, the supervisors, after lengthy discussion during the workshop with a representative from Medico Industries, unanimously approved a five-year lease with an option to buy an $87,000 backhoe. The lease calls for $1,249.57 monthly payments.
The backhoe originally cost $159,174.12 but was reduced by a $46,160.49 CoStar discount, a $3,013.63 Medico incentive and a $23,000 trade-in of a John Deere model owned by the township.
The board approved, under New Business, an agreement with Marshall Consulting IT services at a rate of $100 an hour. It also approved Worker's Compensation coverage with Municipal Risk Management for $14,575.15.
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson announced that Wayco will begin paving Doolan Road and Park Road beginning Sept. 23.
Work consists of grading shoulders, building aggregate shoulders, providing superpave scratch, levelling and wearing courses and line striping for the 1.7-mile length of Doolan Road and for Park Road from Milford Road/State Route 2001 to Silver Lake Road. The funding will come from a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grant.
The board approved the township's Public Works Department to level and roll two gravel parking areas adjacent to the main driveway of he Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company at a date and time convenient to the fire company's operating schedule.
Supervisors released $105 from the General Fund for township employee Lori McCrory to attend the Lehigh Valley Government Academy Subdivision Course from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, 10 and 17, with mileage reimbursement. They also approved $150 for Beodeker and Hammond to attend the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Fall Exercise Forum at Montgomery County on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with reimbursements for hotel and mileage.
The board approved a request by Dingmans Ferry-Delaware Township Historical Society to move its executive board meetings to the municipal hall on the first Thursday at 10 a.m. of each month when Akenac Park is closed for the winter season. It also agreed to allow the historical society to enclose the screened in porch on the building at Akenac Park and to utilize the shed on Conner's Lane in the park for storage.
Supervisors also amended municipal hall use request for private community Pocono Mountain Lake Estates' sections 5, 6 and 7 from Sept. 21 to Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Henderson reminded the gathering that the township's Annual Harvest Festival takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 28 and the Pocono Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day takes place the following day from noon to 3 p.m., both at Akenac Park.
Supervisors during the workshop agreed to set up an informal meeting with the Bushkill Emergency Corps after the corps reached out to the township.