Looking Ahead At Delaware Township Infrastructure
By: Heather Adams
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, April 30, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY-Infrastructure was the main topic at last week’s Delaware Township Supervisor’s meeting.
Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz and Tom Ryan said they spoke to State Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Rosemary Brown about the condition of State Road 2001 while they were in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors convention. “They assured us they would exert whatever pressure they could,” said Scheetz. Ryan was less optimistic saying that PennDOT acts like a fiefdom and seemed to be ignoring Delaware Township.
The culvert caps have eroded into the road, creating areas where traffic often has to veer into oncoming traffic on the two-lane road. Ryan said that he’s seen “more and more tractor trailers on 01 over the past four months.” He added that if anyone is in an accident, the township has a binder of over 500 photos of the road conditions, available via a right to know request at the township.
LOG AND TWIG BRIDGE
During the workshop before the regular meeting, the Supervisors said they need to start getting ready to replace the Log and Twig Bridge. They asked that staff start looking for grant money and said they need to start planning now as the bridge is considered just above the designation of dangerous, and replacement of the bridge will require permits from several agencies.
The Community Garden requested $500 for equipment and supplies, but the Supervisors decided instead to purchase a lawn mower and weed whacker on their behalf. Ryan was concerned that the amount they asked for would not cover the price of good equipment and preferred for the Township to purchase the items and have them available for garden’s use.
Additional requests such as permission for tilling and township employee help for straightening fences were also approved. Ryan volunteered Supervisor Bob Luciano to make the final decision whether or not to allow the cutting down of several trees which were said to have hazardous limbs adjacent to the garden.
Also for consideration is solar power for the township building. Engineering firm Boucher and James will evaluate the feasibility before the project will be open to bids. The return on investment for solar panels was said to now be approximately 10 years. Ryan said, “You couldn’t find a better spot,” than the township roof for solar power.
The next regular Delaware Township meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on May 13 at the Township Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road in Dingmans Ferry. Public workshops start at 5p.m. before the meeting.