Delaware Fire Dept. Lists Strategic Plan Goals
By: Kenneth Books
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, January 21, 2016
DINGMANS FERRY-A year-end report from the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company to the township supervisors Wednesday, Jan 13, included a list of areas in which improvement is planned, according to fire company President George Beodeker.Strategic plans will be developed for one-three-and five-year goals, Beodeker said, with a focus on the infrastructure of the fire company.These include identification of capital projects as both buildings and all physical plant systems are at least 25 years old, replacement of aging equipment to meet “service life” considerations, new standards and regulatory requirements, and resumption of fire company social activity fundraisers to increase interaction between the public and members in a non-emergency environment. Beodeker said social activities being considered include golf outings, a turkey shoot, a 5K walk/run, holiday parties and dances and a firefighters’ field day.
Another area Beodeker stressed is recruitment. Currently, the fire company has 40 members, about two-thirds of whom are active firefighters or fire police. In 2015, six firefighters resigned and four new members were recruited, but, Beodeker stressed, it will take time to fully train the new staff.
Adams Creek Rescues
The continual need to rescue people who sustain injuries at Adams Creek was another area Beodeker cited, noting that while Adams Creek is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is under federal jurisdiction, Delaware Township rescue personnel are also called to the scene in case of emergency. Then, he said, township personnel are restricted from offering assistance until federal officials arrive. In addition, he said, the possibility exists that an emergency could take place elsewhere in the township while rescue personnel are tied up at Adams Creek. “It’s inevitable that one of our residential houses is going to go up while we’re there hanging off the cliffs.” The potential also exists for a Delaware Township firefighter to be injured during such rescue operations, leaving township taxpayers liable for a workers compensation claim. The supervisors agreed to send a letter to NPS Superintendent John Donahue, seeking a meeting on the matter, and to invite emergency responders from Dingmans and Milford townships as well. In another matter, the supervisors announced that a lawsuit filed by township auditors against the township and former supervisors has been dismissed. Supervisor Tom Ryan said he does not expect the case to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.Auditor Jane Neufeld said the supervisors spent $24,878 on the case. She said she does not expect further bills to arrive from their attorneys.
Numerous organizations were granted permission to use township facilities. Approved requests for the township building include Warrior Extreme Cheer for a year-end party March 5; the Republican Club for the third Friday of each month beginning Feb. 19; Gambetta Ballet for each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Jan. 19 through May 27 and Sept. 6 through Dec. 31; Delaware Township Auditors every third Saturday as needed, starting Feb. 20; and Milford Valley Quilters Guild every Monday in 2016 and Saturday, March 26. Ryan commended the Quilters Guild for donating 30 quilts to the Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton, with the intention of donating an additional 270 in the future.
The supervisors also:
Accepted an application for a license to operate a junkyard by Kathleen and John Henderson at 1756 Route 739;
Accepted the resignation of Steven R. Guccini as solicitor for the township Zoning Hearing Board;
Approved tax abatement for Donald Clyde Farber for property located at 130 Gumtree Lane, based on the disabled veteran real property tax exemption certification.