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Greatest Threat Will be High Winds

October 28, 2012
Delaware Township's Emergency Management Agency has issued the following information regarding hurricane Sandy:

Based on the 9 am conference call with the NWS – it appears that although we will probably see a fair amount of rain, the greatest threat to our area will be high winds. Currently the models are predicting that there is up to a 70 percent chance to have sustained winds in excess of 39 MPH for quite an extended period, beginning Monday afternoon as the storm comes ashore and lasting until sometime Tuesday morning. There could also be gust well over 50 to 60 MPH. The current path has the storm coming ashore in southern NJ and going straight into southeast Pennsylvania and eventually turning north toward the middle of the commonwealth.

It appears that the heaviest rains may stay south and west of our area. But as was also mentioned, it is too early to tell exactly where the heaviest rains will fall as we are still over 24 hours away from landfall and tropical storms are known to be unpredictable and not follow what the weather folks predict. We have experienced that several times in the past. The Poconos and the Catskill were two areas that were mentioned frequently as perhaps seeing the highest winds and having the most uncertainty in the amount of rainfall. 

From past experience, many of the heaviest amounts of rain have fallen east of the storm as the moisture is pulled in and dumped on the mountain slopes. Could that happen again – who knows. They do expect flash flooding as some of the heavier rainbands move through, but there is no way of knowing where those bands will strike.

Recommendations – continue to prepare for the worst and expect damaging winds and long duration power outages. I would suggest that if you didn’t like Irene in 2011, you will definitely not like Sandy in 2012.

Residents with Health Problems Should Evacuate Now

Residents with health problems are requested to evacuate now.
October 28, 2012

The following announcement has been released by the Delaware Township Emergency Management Agency:

Any Delaware Township resident that has a significant healthcare issue or requires long term oxygen must immediately evacuate your home and go to a healthcare facility that will be able to accommodate your needs. 

If you have no means of transportation or if you are physically unable to evacuate on your own, ask a neighbor to assist you. 

Delaware Twp declares State of Emergency

Public Service Announcement

Sunday, October 28, 2012

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, Pike County, Pennsylvania – The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors along with the Delaware Township Emergency Management Coordinator, George Beodeker, have declared a State of Emergency.  Delaware Township residents should use extreme caution.  Yesterday, the Township distributed flyers to the community associations and local businesses encouraging residents to prepare themselves for Hurricane Sandy.  Sandy is expected to hit our area this evening and residents should stay off the roads and remain in their homes.  Please go to readypa.gov and delawaretownshippa.gov for tips on hurricane preparedness and further updates. 

PPL Electric Utilities Urges Customers to Make Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

PPL Electric Utilities Urges Customers to Make Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Plan Now to Keep Family, Friends Safe

 (Oct. 26, 2012) - Although Hurricane Sandy's expected arrival on the eastern seaboard is still days away, PPL Electric Utilities asks customers to make preparations now to stay safe during the storm.

"According to the latest weather forecasts, the storm could cause widespread damage resulting in power outages lasting several days," said Gregory Dudkin, president of the utility.

"It's important to make a plan now to deal with situations that might affect you, your family and your friends and neighbors," he said. "Take this storm seriously, stock up on food and water and think about how to stay warm if the power goes out."

Here are some steps you can take to be ready before a storm hits:

Prepare a storm kit: Take a few minutes to assemble supplies you would need in the event of an outage lasting more than a few hours. Examples include canned food and a manual can opener; bottled water; a flashlight with fresh batteries; and a first-aid kit. More tips on storm preparation are available at www.readypa.org and www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Make a plan: Customers who are elderly, have small children or have special personal needs should plan the actions they would take in the event of an extended outage.

Other ways to stay connected:

It's never too late to sign up for PPL Alerts, a free service that allows customers to receive important information about power outages by phone, text or email. Information about how to sign up for PPL Alerts is at www.pplelectric.com.

Customers can also receive information and storm restoration information by following PPL Electric Utilities on Facebook and Twitter.

PPL Electric Utilities preparation update

"We've already made arrangements with outside line crews and have hundreds of contractors on standby to provide additional support should it be necessary," Dudkin said. "Crews from our sister utilities in Kentucky will be arriving Sunday, and we're also bringing in additional crews from as far away as Utah."

In total, a workforce of about 1,500 outside line crews, assessors and tree trimmers is ready to help respond to storm damage and power outages, tripling PPL Electric Utilities' physical workforce. PPL Electric Utilities has also secured large generators to serve any critical customers - hospitals, 911 centers, sewage treatment plants - affected by the storm.

Since the busy storm season of 2011, PPL Electric Utilities has made numerous storm response improvements, including increasing phone lines for customer service and expanding emergency call capacity to better handle high volumes of customer calls during major storms.

Customers experiencing outages are asked to report them at 1-800-342-5775 (1-800-DIAL-PPL) or through the online Outage Center at www.pplelectric.com/outagecenter. When prompted, customers reporting by phone should press 1 for "Power Problem." The Outage Center also is available on smart phones or other mobile devices.

Other steps to take in an outage also are available at the utility's online Outage Center.

PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania and consistently ranks among the best companies for customer service in the United States. More information is available at www.pplelectric.com

Sincerely,

Paul J. Canevari

PPL Regional Community Relations Director

Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

October 26, 2012
Governor Tom Corbett issues Proclaimation of Disaster Emergency for Pennsylvania
Click here to view the proclamation.

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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

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NOTICE

 

 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.

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  Thank you.

  Krista Predmore
Township Administrator/Assistant Treasurer

Thomas Farley, Esq.

Township Solicitor

 

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