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Scheetz Resigns As Delaware Township Supervisor; Neufeld Named Interim

Scheetz Resigns As Delaware Township Supervisor; Neufeld Named Interim
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, August 3, 2017
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY – Jane Neufeld was seated on the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors six months earlier than expected during its bi-monthly meeting on July 26.

The township auditor and a regular at the supervisor meetings, Neufeld was approved in a vote by township supervisors John Henderson and Ron Hough as an interim replacement for the rest of this year for Jeffrey Scheetz, who resigned as supervisors and treasurer on the board a day earlier.  Scheetz, who had served as chairman of the board, said he and his wife were relocating to New Jersey to join his children and grandchildren who live there.  His term expires at the end of 2019.

Henderson then was named board chairman and Hough was named to the vice chairman post, which had been held by Henderson.  Ironically, Henderson had the shortest term of service on the board at the start of this year.

Neufeld also was approved by Henderson and Hough as Treasurer.

Scheetz is the second supervisor in the township to resign this year.

Tom Ryan stepped down as supervisor in January to devote more time to his retirement from the contracting industry and to spend more time at his other residence in Florida.  Hough had been named interim supervisor for that position for the rest of the year.

Neufeld in May had defeated Hough in the Republican primary for the seat vacated by Ryan in the Primary Election.  There was no opposing candidate on the Democratic slate for the May election, so Neufeld was running unopposed in the November General Election.

Last week, she was named interim Supervisor for the seat held by Scheetz until January when she begins her full six-year term.

“To have a chance to get a let up in learning with the other two supervisors and employees and learning this part of local government service to our residents is fantastic,”  Neufeld said.

To take the interim position, Neufeld resigned as township auditor she had been holding before she was sworn in as supervisor.

Resident Steve McBride endorsed the selection of Neufeld during the township workshop prior to the regular meeting, pointing out that she not only would gain experience but also be able to give input on the town budget with her experience as auditor, although township Solicitor Thomas Farley said Neufeld still could recommend revisions after beginning her full term in January.

The Pike County Republican and Democratic committees will seek candidates to run in the November General Election for the remaining two years of Scheetz’s term, starting in January.  Those candidates will be named in early September.  Th committees also have to select candidates for auditor for the General Election.

“I never saw this before with this timing,” said Farley, referring to a resignation coming after a primary election that leaves it up to the county’s committees to select a candidate.

Hough may get another shot at a full-term supervisor seat if selected by the Republican party, but said afterward he is open to the possibility and would just wait and see what would happen.

In his letter of resignation to township Administrator Krista Predmore, Scheetz said.  “I apologize for the suddenness of this announcement, but, as many residents of the township know, my wife and I have been considering moving back to New Jersey in order to live closer to our children and grandchildren.”

“It has been my honor to serve the good people of Delaware Township and to help supervise its many outstanding employees.  Please convey my best wishes to them and my sincere gratitude for all their hard work on behalf of the township.”

“Lastly, I would like to recognize the current and past supervisors I have serve with.  It has been my honor to help them represent our citizens .  I would also like to thank our solicitor, Tom Farley, for his sage advice and friendship, which has made my job as chair of the BOS so meaningful and pleasant.  I would like to especially recognize you, Krista, for your professionalism, patience and accessibility.”

Henderson praised Scheetz during the public comment period at the end of the meeting, saying, “Although we occasionally disagreed, he was a gentleman.  I held him in high esteem with his integrity.  It was good working with him.”

Henderson said the resignation was no surprise.  “Everyone knew it was coming for a couple of weeks,”  he said.

“I knew it was a matter of time,”  said Len Glamann, head of the township Planning Commission who said it looked like Scheetz might have closed on a sale of his house two months ago before it was finally completed this week.

Changes already are under way with the turnover on the board.  Henderson made a motion that was unanimously approved to change the starting times of the supervisors’ workshop before the meeting to 6pm and the time of the regular meeting to 7pm.

He said moving the starting times a half house later would give more residents an opportunity to attend the meetings.

Also at the meeting, the board approved adopting the Akenac Park Recreation and Kitchen Rental Policy with full kitchen use at rate of $400 for five hours and $80 per additional hour and would include mandatory online training for kitchen and food safety.  The board also approved the online training package of $248 annually for usage of both Akenac Park and the township building kitchens.

Also approved by the board was a stringent township donation policy and application to nonprofit organizations and individuals who must show that the work directly impacts township residents along with following other guidelines.  Three years of tax returns also must be provided in the request.

The board approved the $139,700.90 contract bid of JPA Masonry for the new salt shed project at 145 Wilson Hill Road to be completed by Sept. 29.  Township employee Ed Hammond asked how it would be funded and Predmore said there was a $100,000 line item for the project in the current budget and the rest would come from the general fund or capital reserve.

The board also approved renewal of its annual contract with Portland Contractors Inc. for August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018 as the township’s Certified Water Operator at a rate of $400 per month.  The board pointed out it was the least expensive firm that meets the qualifications.

Mike Kolenet, Mike Moffa, and Hammond were approved by the board to attend a free LTAP Chainsaw Safety Training and Demo 8am to 3pm on Thursday at Chestnuthill Township in Broadheadsville.  Glamann asked if it would reduce township insurance costs and Predmore expressed doubt but said she would look into it.

The board approved a budget workshop 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 2.

Delaware Township Weighing Stringent Policy on Donations

Delaware Township Weighing Stringent Policy on Donations
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch-Thursday, July 20, 2017

DINGMANS FERRY – Any nonprofit or goodwill community cause will need to dot a lot more “i’s” and cross a lot more “t’s” to get funding approved by the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors.

A proposed township donation policy and application took up much of the discussion during the township workshop before the regularly scheduled meeting last week and appeared headed for approval before it was tabled for the next meeting.

The holdup involved getting the same wording added to the one-page policy that already was in the accompanying two-page application that requires the applicant to show that the donation will directly benefit the Delaware Township community.  It’s stated in item No. 13 of the 24 questions on the application.

The supervisors asked township Attorney Robert Bernathy, sitting in for lead Solicitor Thomas Farley who was unavailable for the meeting, if they could amend the motion to include that item No. 13 into the policy.  After brief discussion, they decided it would be better to table the matter until drafting a revised policy with the item and then put it to vote.

The stringent policy states that the applicant must include in the request financial statements for the last fiscal year and a projected budget for the next fiscal year.  It must include tax returns of the last three years. 

Considerations for the supervisors include how many people will benefit, particularly those who reside in the township’ activities and fundraising by that organization.  The township will not fund projects or services performed by the township or other governmental agencies or school activities already paid by school taxes. 

The application is ever more detailed, asking if the applicant has a history of service to the township community and for how long, the purpose of the donation and the reason for the project or service.  It also asks who will benefit and how, admission or membership fees for any event where funding is requested and any grants received or applied for in the project.  It also asks if there are other sources of revenue with an explanation.

Resident Jane Neufeld asked about application form item No. 13 to define the word “tangible” on the subject of what “direct tangible benefits to the Delaware Township community” would come from the funding.

“Tangible is a hard word to define, “ Neufeld said.  “(Delaware Township) taxpayers can get something out of it (the project) but it may not be tangible.  It may not be able to be measured.  To have that (word) stand alone makes me nervous, that a lot of services might not be tangible.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Scheetz admitted afterward that the word might be “problematic” but said it would be kept in the policy.

The board at its meeting tabled passage of the Akenac Park Recreation and Kitchen Policy with a rental rate of $400 minimum for five hours and $80 per additional hour.  It was tabled because of an item that would be added to the policy requiring applicants take an online course on kitchen safety.

Township Supervisor John Henderson during the workshop introduced the online course for anyone from the public requesting use of the Akenac Park kitchen as well as township employees using that kitchen or the one at the municipal complex. “The kitchen is subject of concern in terms of safety,” said Henderson.

He said the course, which would cost the township $245 yearly and can be offered for an unlimited number of users, can be completed in an hour’s time.

It covers personal protective equipment, hazardous chemicals, common accidents and injuries, fire prevention and fire safety, electrical safety, foodborne illnesses, personal hygiene, pest and waste management and cleaning and sanitizing.

Also, Boucher & James Inc. consulting engineers reported on their June 22 inspection of the pier work at Akenac Recreation Hall.  “Our observation confirmed work was proceeding in accordance with the intent of the design plans,” it reads.

DELAWARE PLAZA UPDATE

During the workshop, the board discussed an update of the Delaware Plaza project it requested from developer Joe Hudak after residents inquired at the previous meeting.

“Things are moving along,” wrote Hudak in an emailed response to township administrator Krista Predmore.  “PennDot has issued a temporary construction permit to allow us to enter and exit the (construction) site.  We are optimistic that the next submission to PennDot will result in the issuance of both the Sign Timing Permit and Highway Occupancy Permit for all of the driveway locations and other highway improvements to Delaware Township.

The board also got a response on July 7 to its June 15 letter to PennDot regarding the condition of Wilson Hill Road’s roadside barriers that are falling out of their proper positioning.

“Please be advised that the District Traffic Unit has scheduled a review of this section of Wilson Hill Road,” the response reads.  “Upon completion of the review you will be informed in writing of our finding.”

The letter said flashing yellow warning signals would be installed in areas of concern.

Also, the board presented a correspondence from Dingmans Ferry Stone to township administrator Predmore, who was absent from the meeting, regarding one resident’s detailed report of large dump trucks on Doolan Road, rather than their using State Route 2001/Milford Road.  A representative from that company said tis trucks are not using Doolan Road and said a lot of trucks, in fact, involved with the Marcel Lakes project take Silver Lake Road.  The representative said trucks from other companies could be using Doolan Road.  Neufeld said she noticed an improvement in that situation lately, that it seemed more trucks are taking Milford Road and fewer are on Doolan Road. 

The board approved GAIT therapeutic riding’s usage of Akenac Park on Aug. 27 from 11am to 4pm to present and celebrate a newly acquired therapy horse.  It also approved the township fire department to handle parking and traffic control, which it has offered to do for free.

The board agreed to table examining the bids for the new salt shed project on 145 Wilson Hill Road because of what Bernathy regarded as significant clerical error in one company’s bid that needs to be fixed.

The township approved a $120,855.40 quarterly payment to its volunteer fire company.

A township Board of Supervisors Budget Workshop is scheduled for 7-9pm on Aug. 2.

Announcements from the board included an American Red Cross blood drive 10am to 2pm on Saturday at the Delaware Township Ambulance Corps at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry.  Walk-ins are accepted but pre-registrants with the Red Cross can avoid possible lengthy waits…The Family Fund Festival Fundraiser at Holy Trinity Church, 103 Delaware Crest in Dingmans Ferry, on 1-6pm on July 29 will benefit the Holy Trinity Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

SAFE HAVEN RENEWS APPEAL FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP FUNDING

SAFE HAVEN RENEWS APPEAL FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP FUNDING
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch, Thursday, July 6, 2017

DINGMANS FERRY – Safe Haven Executive Director Tamara Chant returned to the Delaware Township Supervisors for their bi-monthly workshop session last week for an update on the Pike County agency and another appeal for funding.

Chant, who again was accompanied by Safe Haven Vice-President Allison Taylor and Treasurer Brian O’Hare, had visited the supervisors in December and were told to return when their financial restructuring was completed. Chant said her agency passed state and federal compliance standards on finances and data recording for nonprofits on March 9. Since then, it has served 60 clients who are victims of abuse, including 56 women, three men and one transgender. There also have been 33 calls to the hotline and 11 shelter nights recorded in that span.

“We’re doing great since March 1,” said Chant whose staff of size includes herself, three advocates and two outreach specialists, along with 11 volunteers working out of their Milford Borough offices.

Chant requested a $10,000 donation from the township, whose budget carries a $6,000 limit for overall donations. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Scheetz said afterward that funding could go beyond that $6,000 limit if merited. Delaware Township did not donate to Safe Haven last year while awaiting results of the restructuring. It donated $10,000 in 2015 and $5,000 in 2014.

Chant said reports of possible federal and state cuts on the horizon threaten the yearly budget that projects at $412,410 for fiscal year 2017-2018. As a result, there has been an even greater push for support from townships, community foundations and grant writing. Dingman Township already has donated $10,000 and Lehman Township has donated $2,000.

Cuts to the state Coalition Against Domestic Violence budgets would affect subsidies to Safe Haven.

“We’ve even looked at school districts because we do a lot of work with them but they’re not in a position right now,” said Chant, whose agency has a Media Literacy presentation plan for ninth graders in both the Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North high schools for next school year on how media can affect healthy relationships.

Safe Haven has opened a satellite office in Lehman Township to cover the southern end of the county. It operates two hours a day on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Supervisor Ron Hough asked if Safe Haven has clients from the township and, if so, how many. Chant said there are township residents who are clients but said privacy agreements prevented her from specifying the number.

Resident Jane Neufeld pointed out that Safe Haven payroll expenses ($224,919) make up more than half the upcoming budget and was told it covers the many hours put in by advocates, who are paid hourly for their work. “That’s very typical of agencies like ours,” Taylor said.

Safe Haven also pays, a mortgage on its building. O’Hare said owning the building will increase equity over time for borrowing money as needed. “We’re looking to strengthen the agency and grow is,” he said.

“We’re very excited about the work Tamara and her staff has done,” Taylor said. “They’ve done an outstanding job of outreach, so much more than the former staff.”

Safe Haven had a Colorfest at Akenac Park on Saturday.

VIRUS PROTECTION FOR WEBSITE

During the regularly scheduled meeting, the board approved $648 for a managed support/security plan with plug-in/modular updates for the township website with the Niki Jones Agency that manages the website. It came after owner Niki Jones gave a detailed explanation during the workshop before the meeting showing the need for the update to prevent possible Malware viruses from hackers while the township loads updates to the website.

The board approved $93,600.15 for Waycorp, Inc. of Waymart to repave Chestnut Ridge Road and line stripe a number of roads in the township.

The Township also is executing an agreement for the Gravity Rail at Akenac Park playground with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company.

The agreement calls for replacing the wheels above the seat that youngsters ride on the rail. They’ll be replaced by the end of July. The agreement covers the next five years as needed. Children often have been unable to ride the rail on seats with the momentum from their weight, as advertised, and another person would have to push them along. If the product enhancement kit does not correct the problem over the next year, Miracle agreed to remove the gravity rails for free and refund the township $14,940.

“I think the company realized they made a mistake,” said township Solicitor Thomas Farley after a lengthy discussion with the company led to the agreement.

The board approved general park policies for Akenac Park that were discussed at previous meetings. Residents of the county enter for free and non-county residents living in the state pay $5 but out-of-state residents pay $30. Visitors from outside of the county who are guests of the township residents are admitted for free pending verification at the front gate.

Neufeld recommended writing into the policies in the future about the catch-and-release for fishing at the lake but township employee Ed Hammond said it is posted on signs throughout the lake area.

The board approved a $413 payment to Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. for copyright to present “Smurfs: The Lost Village” on Free Movie Night at Akenac Park on August 19th and also approved the Birchwood Swim Team to operate a concession stand that night on condition it presents a certificate of liability insurance. Resident Dawn Bukaj suggested during the public comment period at the end of the meeting that the board look into movie nights with adult-themed movies as well for middle aged and senior residents.

The board tabled two motions. Once for use of Akenac Park by GAIT Therapeutic Riding to present and celebrate the acquisition of a new therapy horse. Board members are awaiting details on whether GAIT can meet the conditions to use the park. The other motion as for the Akenac Park Recreation & Kitchen Rental Policy with full kitchen use of $400 for five hours and $80 per additional hour rented. Supervisor John Henderson said he was looking into more information on the policy.

TRUCKS ON DOOLAN ROAD

During public comment, Jim McCaw expressed concern about the heavy truck traffic along Doolan Road near where he lives. A resident since 1991, McCaw said that on June 15 he kept track of traffic from 8:30am to 4:30pm and said it included 76 trucks, and all but 10 of them were dump trucks that he figured were involved with the quarry nearby. Neufeld said those trucks apparently preferred not to take Milford Road/State Route 2001 “because they feel it’s not safe anymore.” She said maybe roads should have updated classifications.

Farley said the only way to regulate the situation would be to establish weight limits on the road in agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Other than that, it’s not enforceable,” said Farley, who added there has to be a balance struck on the matter with local businesses. “All we can do is ask” that those trucks use Milford Road, said Scheetz. Henderson said he had talked with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, who said she’s look into it.

The board presented, in coincidental timing with Safe Haven’s request, a donation policy during its workshop session. Scheetz said it will set a precedent for boards in the future with some stringent guidelines, including submitting three years of tax returns, showing the extent that entity serves the township residents and that its work does not duplicate activities already supported through school taxes or already provided by the township or other governmental agencies. The amount of fundraising that organization needs to do also will be weighed.

The board announced a blood drive at the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry from 10am to 2pm on July 22. Donors must make appointments in advance with the American Red Cross.

Township Sets Nonresident Fees for Park Use

Township Sets Nonresident Fees for Park Use
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY -         For some people visiting Akenac Park, it’ll cost you.

And the farther you travel to get there, the more it will cost.

Park policies were finalized and approved by the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors at their latest meeting, and deciding fees dominated the conversation.

As in the past, those who live in the township and Pike County in general can enter or free. Pennsylvania residents living outside of the county will pay $5 each. It’s $1 less than the original proposal of $6 per person. But if you visit from out of state, it’ll cost each person $20.

Some at the meeting felt it would enforce the idea that the park is dedicated to the surrounding community. Out-of-state residents who are guests of a Pike County resident can be admitted for free if the local resident is at the front gate to show them in. Proof of residency is required.

The original draft of park regulations read that out-of-state residents who are not a guest of a Pike County resident would not be admitted at all.

After discussion, the board rejected a $5 fee for anyone entering the new playground opened last December.

“I’m not crazy about that idea,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Scheetz said of that fee proposal.

“I have to represent Delaware Township taxpayers, and if someone uses the facility, someone has to pay for it to be maintained, either the taxpayers or park visitors,” township supervisor John Henderson said. “we’re not trying to make money but to take charges (for maintenance) off the taxpayers of Delaware Township.”

The board agreed to research data on who uses the park and who uses the playground in its first full season.

Boat rentals at the lake will continue to cost $5, and no one can bring a boat into the park.

Wording was strengthened from “will not be tolerated” to “is prohibited” for anyone harassing wildlife, harassing other visitors and defacing or removing park property.

During the workshop, board members and residents discussed fees for Akenac Park recreation and the kitchen rental policy.

It said the township charges a $400 fee for five hours and $80 for each additional hour for a township employee to work as a safe serve attendant operating the stove. The discussion centered on advertising for and training someone who is not a township employee to work per diem on weekends at the kitchen stove.

Board members said that rate would cost those using the park a lot less than the $80 hourly fee paying a township employee overtime on the weekend to be there.

The park is open during the summer season 8am to 7pm every day except Tuesday, when it is closed.

EMPLOYEE USE OF TOWN TRUCK

Another agenda issue that got a lot of discussion involved whether township Assistant Roadmaster Ed Hammond could use the township truck from June through September. The agenda item was discussed during a workshop at a previous meeting and some residents apparently came to the meeting to talk about it.

Roadmaster Charley Kroener uses the township truck during the winter months.

The board acknowledged that if Hammond uses the truck, it eliminates reimbursing mileage if he was called to fix something at Akenac park or the township building. Federal rates pay $.50 per driven mile. If he were using only his personal car, he would have to go to the site and might even have to drive back to the municipal complex to get the township truck if it was needed.

After township supervisors Ron Hough and Scheetz appeared to approve, Henderson questioned how often Hammond might be called upon. Some residents said Henderson’s objection and the lengthy discussion “is personal” and “What’s the big deal (to use the township truck)?”

At that point, Hammond said, “Forget about it. I just won’t answer the phone (to respond to a repair issue).”

Scheetz responded by changing his vote to a “no” vote for Hammond to use the township truck and instead moved to reimburse Hammond for his driving mileage of his personal vehicle. Henderson said he wanted it researched how many times Hammond gets called back to work on a repair issue during the summer months.

When township residents pressed Scheetz on his changing his vote, Scheetz answered, “He (Hammond) said, “ Forget it.’”

But Scheetz said that Hammond has been a commendable township employee and said Hammond’s remark about not answering his phone was taken “facetiously” by Scheetz.

The board also approved a 201 vote, with Henderson dissenting, the showing of the latest Power Rangers movie on free movie night at Akenac park on July 15. The motion included paying Swank Motion Pictures Inc $453 for copyright to show the movie. Henderson objected to the cost but township administrator Krista Predmore said it is a standard charge when showing a movie outdoors in public and that the township has a $900 recreation fund for the summer.

The board in the regular meeting approved use of Akenac Park by GAIT Therapeutic Riding center in Milford from 11am to 4pm on August 27th to present and celebrate the acquisition of a new therapy horse. Therapeutic riding instructor, Deborah Albrecht came to the workshop before the general meeting to find out what her organization need to do and what’s available, including refrigeration for food.

She was told 50 chairs and some tables are available. She was told a constable is needed for security as well as parking attendants, which are supplied by the fire department. Township fire chief Joe Beodeker said fees to pay attendants would be waived in good will; “from one nonprofit to another.”

Henderson said at the meeting he spoke with Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John Donahue regarding a gate being installed by the National Park Service at the end of Chestnut Ridge Road and was told the gate is only set up for safety and would only be closed to deny access when weather conditions or a natural emergency restrict driving on the crossroad route 209.

The Township moved to advertise for an August 2nd budget workshop from 7-9pm…the Township also agreed upon purchasing a new truck in August and to donate a pickup truck it’s replacing to the township fire company.

Family Gets Conditional OK to Subdivide Silver Lake Parcel

Family Gets Conditional OK to Subdivide Silver Lake Parcel
Pike County Dispatch, Thursday, June 1, 2017 – pg. 5
by Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY – Delaware Township Board of Supervisors gave conditional approval to an application for subdividing a 13.5 acre property in Silver Lake Estates owned by the Crowell family during last week’s meeting.

The board voted approval 2-0, with board Chairman Jeff Scheetz absent. It came after a nearly hour long hearing of testimony from attorney Timothy McManus of Stroudsburg, representing applicants for the subdivision, and challenging questions from Milford attorney Eric Hamill, representing neighboring homeowners who attending.

McManus was accompanied by property owner Nicholas Crowell, who resides in New Orleans with his wife, along with their daughter, who lives in New York, and engineer Sarah Bue Morris, who presented the plan blueprints.

Crowell is one of three brothers, along with Geoffrey, who lives in Philadelphia and visits a cabin on the property occasionally, and Christopher, who lives out of state. The family purchased the property as a getaway retreat during the 1970s.

“This has been a three-year process,” Crowell said after the approval. “All three of us are in our 70s. We will be gone sometime and we want to be sure this is set up as an inheritance for our family.”

The plan would divide the property into three lots, a pair of three-acre lots and one that would be 6.9 acres and include the cabin. Township requirements allow for only one home on each of the other two three-acre lots, with the cabin as the residence on the other lot.

Nearly all of the hearing centered around the condition of an approximately 800-foot stretch of Nyce Road, which is about a mile long and runs through the lakefront private community. Because it is a private road, residents maintain it, and the Crowell family needs to bring that part of the road fronting their property to township standards, mainly to accommodate emergency vehicles.

The agreement calls for lowering one side of the road and widening it before it is covered with a tar and chip surface. No other road could be built for the Crowell property.

“It’s all about the health, safety and welfare of residents,” said Delaware Township Planning Commission Chairman Len Glamann near the end of the hearing. “If something is not done about the road, it could cost somebody their life.”

To that end, the approval includes a development agreement, providing a road bond escrow for 110 percent of the actual cost that will be refunded to the Crowells at the completion of the work, a performance bond to be executed and a developer’s agreement for relocation of a 10 by 12 foot shed on the edge of one Crowell property line farther within the Crowell properties.

“We already have a contractor ready,” Crowell said of the road work.

A state Dept. of Environmental Protection study also calls for a 650 foot buffer around a bald eagle’s nest.

“We did extensive research and did not have proof of a bald eagle’s nest,” McManus said. “Removal of that (finding) involves information that takes time.”

But residents joining Hamill at the meeting were concerned about what it means for the length of road in front of their properties. One concern was answered whether the subdivision would allow for multiple housing on each lot. Supervisors clarified that issue.

“For my part of the road, will I be required to keep it up to township standards,” asked Emily McFarlane, one of the property owners represented by Hamill during the hearing.

“Not at this time,” said township Solicitor Thomas Farley of the apparent leading concern of the homeowners, but said that homeowners are responsible for the part of the private road fronting their properties.

Farley deflected questions by Hamill and alter by another resident of the implications this would hold for further development in the community.

“We’re only concerned with this application,” Mr. Farley said. “They would have to be approved and conditions would have to be met.”

It also was established at the meeting that if residents of a private community do not approve of the way a road is maintained by a neighbor or that there is inadequate snow removal in that stretch of road that they can seek legal court action with a mandatory injunction for that party to maintain the road.

IN OTHER MEETING MATTERS

The board approved road refurbishing and line painting for Chestnut Ridge Road to be advertised for bid, with a contract awarded at the June 28 meeting. The work, which would be in compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation specifications, would be paid with the township’s state liquid fuels fund.

The board approved purchasing a replacement for a 6-foot sickle bar mower with hydraulic fold from Kremansky Equipment LLC for $4,000…Board members also approved $500 for the Delaware Township Library Association in response to its request for its annual subsidy. Supervisor John Henderson, board vice chairman who had chaired last week’s meeting, pointed out that the money already had been set aside in the current budget.

It also approved use of municipal ballfield for American Legion home games on seven dates in late May through June…It tabled approval to show a “Power Rangers” movie free to the public at Akenac Park on July 15 when Henderson questioned the $453 fee to rent it. Township Administrator Krista Predmore said the cost is for copyright to show it at a public park. The board would examine other possible movies.

During the workshop before the meeting, the supervisors discussed the Akenac Park playground’s Gravity Rail that has been taken out of service as a safety precaution because of problems with children riding it.

The rail, with a chair attached, is supposed to move young rides forward by momentum but it was pointed out that parents have to help push it along and may not want to do that. Henderson asked if the township can ask for a refund for that item and Predmore said her inquiry with the company has not been answered on that matter. “They told us they can fix it but we were not told what it is, so we’re in limbo,” said Farley.

Supervisors also discussed Akenac Park policies with a handout to the public, which includes a suggested $6 admission per person to Pennsylvania residents beyond Pike County and that out-of-state residents must be a guest of a Pike resident to be admitted. Henderson asked whether the fee should be lowered from $6 to $5 to make it manageable for the gatekeeper. He also questioned whether individual fees should be charged for use of certain amenities, such as a playground fee. Fees of $2 or $5 per resident were discussed.

Some residents said that there is enough burden with taxes and other expenses to ask residents to pay repeatedly during return visits to the park.

Henderson pointed out that the park may add other amenities in the future such as tennis courts that would need funding to help maintain them.

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