Delaware Supervisors Support Eagle Scout Projects
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, March 19, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY-two local Boy Scouts presented their planned Eagle projects to the Board of Supervisors during the workshop before the Delaware Township regular meeting on March 11. Alfonso Grieger plans to build a sign for American Legion Post 851 and Wes Witheral plans to build park benches and bear-proof trash containers at Camp Akenac.
Grieger’s sign would be located on Township land, closer to the road than the current Legion sign, which is partially obstructed. The sign will be 10 feet tall and have supports that extend 4 feet into the ground. Materials will be donated, with a fundraiser to support, if necessary.
The lighted sign will have removable letters and be powered by a solar panel. The Supervisors gave permission for the sign to be on township property, provided that Grieger continues to work with zoning. Grieger plans to follow the permit process after he receives approval from the Eagle Council.
Witheral’s project for Camp Akenac involves building four to six wood benches at the playground and approximately three bear-proof containers for trash next to buildings.
Materials will again be donated, with some of his troop volunteering to help with construction. Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz suggested that he consult with the maintenance crew for locations, and the Supervisors agreed to give him a letter of support for the Eagle Council.
BID AWARD DELAY
Despite review and recommendation by Township Engineer John Tressler of Boucher and James, Supervisor Chairman Tom Ryan delayed awarding of the bid for construction of the Emergency Access Road to Akenac Park. Nine bids were received and read at the previous Township meeting, ranging from $71,943.12 to $193,370.72.
Rutledge Excavating offered the lowest bid, and Tressler found it acceptable, being familiar with their work in Smithfield Township. A resident in the audience said that the Park Service had been pleased with their work as will. However, Ryan said, “I just want to see more paper,” than what Tressler provided, including references and qualifications. The Supervisors expect to award the bid at the next regular meeting.
PRIVATE ROAD CONDITIONS PROBLEMATIC
Representatives from the Delaware Township volunteer Fire Company expressed concerns over the road conditions of smaller property associations. During a recent fire in Highland Acres, six “fire apparatuses” became stuck.
Fire Engineer George Beodecker asked that the Supervisors send a letter, reminding the associations that they are responsible for keeping roads clear for emergency vehicle access. Larger associations in the area, such as Birchwood and Wild Acres, were said to provide a plow in front of EMS vehicles during bad conditions. The Fire Company also requests that residents keep their 911 signs clear from snow and other debris, as well as maintaining your driveway and walkways for emergency access.
Fire Captain Sean Hughes gave the monthly report, saying that the fire company logged 160 hours of training, including ice rescue, and 129.5 hours reporting to incidents. The new truck has arrived and they should have it in service at the end of April. New equipment on the truck includes thermal imaging and forcible entry hand tools.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The Akenac Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28. The hunt will begin at 1:15 p.m.., and the Lion’s Club will provide coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Photos with the Easter Bunny and crafts and prizes will be available until supplies run out. If weather conditions are unfavorable, the egg hunt will be moved to the area of the Township Building. If you have any questions, you can contact the Township Office at 570-828-2347.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
The Delaware Plaza Project will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at an informal meeting between the Planning Commission and Kiley Associates; the public is welcome to attend.
A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on April 8 for amending ordinance 110.7 3 (C) Commercial Principal Permitted Uses and Conditional Uses. The stated intent of the amendment “is to have recreational facilities, whether commercial of private, to be a Conditional use in a Commercial District.”
The Supervisors approved new modular filing cabinets for the Township Office to consolidate 40 years of files and reclaim floor space. The new system will cost $6, 268 and the old filing cabinets will be put up for bid, with the price to be determined by the highest bidder.
Disposal of any remaining filing cabinets will be at the Supervisors’ discretion after the bidding period is over.
The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on March 25 at the Township Building Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, in Dingmans Ferry. Public workshops start at 5 p.m.