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PA American Water Hearings

Hearing at Stroudsburg High
by David Pierce
Pocono Record - July 19, 2013

Pennsylvania American's 13,000 Poconos customers won't have to travel far next month to air their views on a proposed water rate hike of nearly 12 percent.

One of seven Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearings on the proposed rate changes will take place August 6th at the Stroudsburg High School auditorium on West Main Street.  The hearing begins at 6:30pm.

The private utility seeks a 10% hike in revenues - an additional $58.6 million - from its 2.2 million customers statewide.

Pennsylvania American's local territory includes Mount Pocono, part of Coolbaugh Township, the village of Tobyhanna, and portions of Smithfields and Stroud Township.  It has customers in Saw Creek Estates, Blue Mountain Lake, Rustic Acres, Pine Ridge and Country Club of the Poconos.  There are Pike County customers in Lehman, Delaware and Westfall townships.

A typical residential customer in Monroe or Pike County would see water rates rise by 11.7 % - from $630 to about $703 annually.

A typical residential customer uses 47,520 gallons of water per year.

It would be a completely different story for Poconos sewer customers, whose bills would decrease from $612 to $571 per year.  That's because local sewage systems were added fairly recently to the Pennsylvania American system, company spokesman Terry Maenza said.

The company kept the pre-existing sewer rates in place but now seeks to standardize the rates for all sewer customers statewide.

Testimony at the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will rule on the rate requests.

The PUC suggests that those who testify prepare their remarks beforehand and bring copies to the hearing.  Two copies of any written statement should be provided to the court reported transcribing the hearing and other copies should be provided to other parties in the case.  Those who testify might be questioned about their positions.

Delaware River Safety Advisory

Release Date:  11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013

Contact:            Kathleen Sandt, Public Information Officer

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Delaware River Safety Advisory:  Weekend Update

Due to heavy rains this week the Delaware River level as measured at Montague, New Jersey, is currently at 11.79 feet. It is predicted to rise to 13.7’ feet before cresting at 8:00 p.m. this evening.  The river level at the Montague gauge normally measures between five and six feet this time of year.  It is running seven to eight vertical feet higher than normal and the water temperature is in the fifties. 

By order of Superintendent John J. Donahue, issued on June 11, all individuals are required to wear a properly sized United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) in good and serviceable condition while on board any vessel on the waters of the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This order will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 8 feet which is not expected until after the weekend.  Additionally, swimming is prohibited during this period.  “The safety of our visitors is a top priority and we are taking precautions to ensure that all of our visitors have a safe and enjoyable trip to the park,” said Donahue.  “We also need our visitors to take proper precautions too,” he added.  

At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline.  It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider a river trip during this period of high water.  

Superintendent Donahue would like to remind visitors that there are plenty of alternatives available in the park this weekend.  “The park’s waterfalls will be spectacular this weekend from all of the rain that has fallen,” he pointed out.  “And the weather will be perfect for a hike on one of our many trails or a picnic at one of our picnic areas,” he added.  Rangers at Dingmans Falls Visitor Center will be offering Ranger Talks at 10:00 a.m. and guided Waterfall Walks at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  A Campfire Program will be offered on Saturday evening at 7:00 at Dingmans Campground.   All programs are free and open to the public.  


Property Tax/Rent Rebate App Deadline

June 4, 2013

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended to End of Year

Harrisburg – The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

“Each year we take a look at the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches, and if the funds are there, as they have been each year in recent memory, we extend the deadline to ensure everyone who is eligible for the program has time to apply for the tax relief they’re owed,” Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser said.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

As of May 31, the Revenue Department had received 506,518 rebate applications.  About 600,000 households are expected to benefit from the program.  As specified by law, rebate distribution will begin on July 1. After June 30, rebates  will be distributed as claims are received and processed.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. In response to continued inquiries and complaints regarding fee-based application filing services offered privately, the department reminds residents that free filing help is available at hundreds of locations across the state. Application forms and assistance are also available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.

Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.4 billion worth of property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming.

Media contact: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960


May 3, 203

Program Requirements

  • The refrigerator or freezer must be clean, empty, defrosted, and in working condition.
  • The refrigerator or freezer unit must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet.
  • You must be a Pennsylvania residential customer of Met-Ed, Penelec, PennPower or West Penn Power.
  • There is a limit of two refrigerators or freezers and two room size air conditioners per household per calendar year.
  • If you are recycling one side-by-side refrigerator, it will be considered as one appliance for recycling. It will not be counted as two separate units.
  • AC units must be included with a qualifying refrigerator or freezer to qualify for pickup.
  • The customer must own the unit(s) being recycled.
  • An adult, 18 years of age or older, must be present to sign and release the unit at the time of the pickup.
  • Recycling appliance must be disconnected from waterlines prior to the pickup crew's arrival.
  • The unit needs to be plugged in and running on the day of the pickup.

You must provide clear and safe access to your appliances for the removal team. JACO will not risk injury or be able to move personal effects or modify your home(e.g.: remove door or railings) to remove the unit(s)

Why participation is important to you

1. Old refrigerators and freezers are not bio-degradable and contain many materials that can be recycled and some that are harmful to the environment.
2. The rebate you will receive for a working refrigerator or freezer will be $50.
You can also receive $25 for a working air conditioner. Checks should be received approximately 4 to 6 weeks after pick up.
AC units must be included with a qualifying refrigerator or freezer to qualify for pickup.
3. Old refrigerators and freezers typically use two times more electricity than newer models that are being produced today. If everybody tries to do their part to conserve energy and to recycle responsibly, this could help manage our energy resources well into the future.

The Appliance Turn In Program.

Again, for your efforts to recycle responsibly, you will receive a $50 check for your working refrigerator or freezer - and a $25 check for a working room air conditioner approximately 4 to 6 weeks after pick up.

By participating in this program, Customer agrees to allow the local utility to take ownership of the Energy Efficiency resource credits associated with the measures generated through this program. Your local utility may at its sole discretion then aggregate your credits with other similarly situated customers and bid the credits into the PJM market through an auction. Any proceeds from any such bids accepted by PJM will be used to offset the costs charged to the utility’s customers for compliance with state mandated energy efficiency and/or peak demand requirements.

If you have any questions about the program, or if you would like to schedule your pick up date by phone, please feel free to contact JACO's customer service center toll free at 877-270-3521. This program will continue until further notice or until funding is exhausted. Program is subject to change or termination without prior notice.

Resident Bulk Disposal Stickers

April 9, 2013

The Township Bulk Disposal has been established to relieve the pressures of storing unwanted bulk items for Delaware Township residents only.  In order to prevent non-residents from using our bulk disposal, please fill out the Resident Bulk Disposal Sticker Application, and provide proof of residency.  The Township will provide stickers to display on resident vehicles.  Each household member is required to complete the form. 

Bulk Disposal is available the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (click here for Schedule).  Please make payment via cash or check.  Checks are to made payable to "Delaware Township."  Prices have remained the same.  Click here for more more information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Township office. 


Press Releases

Twp. Approves No Tax Increase For 11th Straight Year

By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY -- Delaware Township will have no tax increase for another year after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 2019 budget at last week's meeting. "There hasn't been an increase in my seven years here (as township administrator). In fact, there have been several decreases," said Township Administrator Krista Predmore with a smile reagrding her undertaking  with township Supervisor and Treasurer Jane Neufeld. There has not been a tax increase since 2008; however, taxes will not be decreased as they were in three recent years 2012, 2013 and 2016.

The tax rate holds at 11.68 mills, including 8.68 mills for the General Fund, 1.5 mills for the Recreation Fund and 1.5 mills for the Fire Fund. The General Fund has a listed $1,280,152.25 total income and $1,275,484.09 expenses. Any surplus will go into the township's capital reserve. Tax revenue for the Recreation Fund and Fire Tax Fund is $145,500 for each. Township contribution for the volunteer fire company is $16,085, although no funding was approved for a stipend payment to volunteer firefighters as a few other townships in Pike County are starting. Contribution for the township volunteer ambulance is $53,394.

Three budget workshops were held in the fall. "We are very happy to have the taxes unchanged," Neufeld said. 'There was a lot of opportunityto see how their (tax) money is being spent. Looking at the coming year, we believe we have provided not only for the upcoming operations but also have been able to identify more possible infrastructure work as well as unforeseen needs."

Supervisors also gave final approval for the Delaware Plaza project for Route 739, provided that six conditions are met. The approval came after project engineer Joe Hudak of Riley Associates presented updated blueprints for the hub that will be anchored by Weis Markets. Hudak was joined by John Stieh, representing developer Charles Miller; and an attorney for Weis Markets.

Delaware Township engineer Jon Tresslar was among the 25 people gathered for the meeting.

The conditions include a hefty performance bond accepted by Tresslar. The conditions also state a certificate of occupancy will not be granted for the gas pumps at a station until the state permit is provided. It also stipulates that the developer shall try to accommodate the fire department's concerns raised during the Planning Commission meeting. Those concerns were revised after the preliminary approval and after Chris Kimble was appointed township fire chief. They include, for example, outdoor lighting for behind the buildings so emergency responders could see well at night if summoned.

"We're waiting for the executed development agreement and for the performance bond, which we expect soon," Predmore said. "The plan is to start sometime in 2019 and that the project will take nine to 12 months."

The supervisors, after a brief public hearing, unanimously passed amendments to Ordinance 110 zoning and Ordinance 901 definitions by adding Non-Tower Wireless Communications Facilities to the ordinance. The conditional use regulates things such as trailers carrying wireless communications that would be stationed in the right of way. Supervisor Rick Koehler made the motion.

The change comes amid reports that the state is looking ti allow wireless companies greater access to other servicing opportunities apart from the townshiups' scrutiny. " We have taken steps to make sure that dosen't happen without thorough township regulation,"Neufeld said. Supervisors also agreed to a $39,382.25 payment to Mar-Allen Concrete Products Inc. for the Akenac Park Recreation Building's pier repair foundation project. Mar-Allen has been a lead contractor in the Pike County Courthouse Addition project.The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $7,396 to the Pike County Drug Task Force for one year only. It would go toward hiring a county detective on drug enforcement against illegal traffickers. If most townships do not contribute, Delaware Township will get its contribution back. The board accepted the resignation of Robyn Eldred from the township Planning Commission but appointed her to the township's Recreation Committee. The Recreation Committee will move its meetings into the township building for the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. starting Jan.10.

Township bulk disposal days for residents discarding certain large items that cannot be picked up in normal garbage disposal to take place on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. That will run from April through October.

During the workshop prior to the regular meeting, supervisors said there was no update on any response from Blue Ridge Communications regarding revisions proposed by the township for the cable franchise agreement that is up for renewal.

Supervisors said they have not yet gotten a response from the National Park Service to their request for the township to be notified when NPS will close the gates to and along Route 209 during inclement weather or an emergency so township officials can notify residents.

Legal Notices




January 16, 2015

The News Eagle




 The Delaware Township Board of Auditors will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the third (3rd) Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. beginning February 21, 2015. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building(s), located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.


  Thank you.

  Krista Predmore
Township Administrator/Assistant Treasurer

Thomas Farley, Esq.

Township Solicitor



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