Working Out Agility Plan With PennDOT

Working Out Agility Plan With PennDOT

Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY -- Delaware Township has taken the first steps toward an unprecedented service-for-service partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Supervisors at their bi-monthly meeting unanimously approved a resolution executing an Agility Agreement and approved the township to enter into a work plan under PennDOT's recent introduced Agility Program. It came after lengthy discussion during the supervisor's workshop held before the regular meeting.
A PennDOT handout explains "Agility enables PennDOT and its eligible partners to exchange services, equipment and staff without monetary payments. Agility helps PennDOT and its partners to make the most of limited resources while developing strong and rewarding relationships."
Any arrangement need approval by PennDOT's attorneys.
The concept is good," commented Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson when the topic was introduced and explained.
"It's good but can it really come to fruition," wondered Roadmaster Vince Flatt.
One idea is to take an area for storing ground up asphalt and reuse it to pave local road projects.
"They're talking to us to take our space in our yard and then giving us material," affirmed Roadmaster Vince Flatt. He said a similar arrangement was made in Wayne County under RAP (Recycle Asphalt Program) but said no Pike County township had yet to partner with PennDOT in the Agility Program.
"We're hoping to have that RAP agreement here," said township Administrator Krista Predmore after the meeting. Supervisors had talked during the workshop about the amount of asphalt that would be churned up in the Wilson Hill Road project when it comes up locally without having to cart in fresh asphalt.
"It will save wear and tear on their trucks," said Supervisor Jane Neufeld.
Flatt said road shoulder mowing can be handed off in the arrangement. He figured the township could save more than $10,000.
At the meeting, the board approved a motion advertising for letters of interest from any township resident looking to volunteer for staff positions in the township's emergency management organization during declared disasters. There are opportunities in administrative and field positions, a handout reads. A valid Pennsylvania driver's license and background check are required. No experience is required but any background in planning or emergency services is a plus and training will be provided. Letters must be submitted by March 31 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Supervisors accepted the resignations of Recreation Committee members Dennis Lee and Steve Tarquini. Lee resigned because he is a member of the township's Auditor Board and can not serve on both boards simultaneously. Tarquini was approved by the supervisors at the meeting as a new member of the Zoning Hearing Board, along with Ted Parsell. It means Tarquini likewise had to step down from the Rec Committee. Tarquini's wife -- Terasa -- and Grace Gutschmidt were appointed to the Rec Committee. Jammie Fabela was approved as a member of the Zoning Hearing Board.
Supervisors also approved a motion for use of the township Quarry by the Pocono Environmental Education Center on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of its Sci-Q program. Also approved was the use of township fields 1-4 by Dingman Delaware Little League from April 1 through June 30 from 5-8 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
Supervisors at their next meeting on March 11 will conduct a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. on amendments to Ordinance 110 and Ordinance 901 Definitions regarding size and brightness of commercial business signs.
Henderson pointed out during announcements that the township Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host its annual Easter Plan and Bake Sale from noon to 7 p.m. on April 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11.
He also reminded residents that they can apply online for the new mail-in ballot option rather than go the polls for the upcoming Primary and General elections. Go to www.votesPA.com where paper applications can be printed out and mailed to the county election office.

He said the National Park Service reminds residents that River Road in Monroe County will be closed on warmer nights, particularly in wet weather conditions, to protect breeding amphibians.