PennDOT Confirms Route 739 Work Schedule

PennDOT Confirms Route 739 Work Schedule
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, May 2, 2019

DINGMANS FERRY -- Motorists will find that many roads around Delaware Township will have a smoother ride in the months ahead.
Along with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's recent repaving of badly worn stretches of State Route 2001/Milford Road in the township, the state agency responded to a letter of concern from the township Board of Supervisors dated March 4 about other major local roads and gave assurances that needed work will be done. That information was shared by the board at its latest workshop before its regular meeting last week.


The letter from Assistant Direct Executive-Maintenance Dennis Giordano read about concerns "regarding State Route 739 from Log Tavern Road/SR 2006 in Dingman Township south to SR 2001 in Delaware Township ... and the portion of this road located in Delaware Township not being on PennDOT's 2019 construction season projects list. "Please be advised that SR 739 from the (Dingmans) toll bridge to just north of its intersection with SR 2001 (Milford Road) will be resurfaced, via contract, and is scheduled to be bid this year. The section of SR 739 from SR 2001 to Log Tavern Road (SR 2006) has been evaluated and is scheduled to be paved in 2022."At the meeting, township Solicitor Thomas Farley opened bids for local road projects. The lone bidder -- Wayco Paving & Asphalt Service in Waymart -- gave five bids for seven secondary roads in the township for tar & chip work. The board voted to table a decision, pending an evaluation of the bids by the township engineer. The work is expected to be awarded in a May meeting.


Many smaller "housekeeping" motions were made and approved at the meeting. The board agreed to sell and advertise for sale a little-used walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer from the Akenac Park Rec Hall. Roadmaster Vince Flatt estimated the freezer to be worth $4,500 to $5,000. It was part of a multi-page assessment of revamping the Rec Hall kitchen examined by the board and discussed during the workshop held before the regular meeting. Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson considered some of the recommended purchases on the list "pricey.""It's a very good plan," said Flatt, who said remodeling that area will smooth the work flow of food service.


Also approved during the regular meeting was a $1,700 allotment from the township's General Fund to replace the floating dock at the Akenac Park lake, based on one Honesdale company's estimate. "It's lightweight but has a high weight (supporting) capacity," said township Administrator Krista Predmore during discussion at the workshop. "It will have a ladder and does not require annual maintenance."


"We have the money for this (in the budget)," said Supervisor Jane Neufeld. Also at the workshop, the supervisors said they are undecided about allocating township funds from the emergency services part of its budget that was requested for ambulance repairs by the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson and Farley said the board still awaits more detailed information on the ambulance corps budget and expenditures. Also tabled off the workshop was a decision on the Blue Ridge Cable franchise agreement with the township, which still is under negotiation. The board also approved at the meeting paying Dingmans Ferry Stone $1,040 for 44 tons of white beach sand and $1,670 for 60 yards of certified playground mulch for Akenac Park. The township's Recreation Board's request to move its monthly meetings to the Akenac Park Rec Hall from May through October also was approved. The board approved the Rec Board's Music in the Park event for Akenac Park on July 6 from 4-10 p.m. with a classic rock band and food sold by the Dingmans Ferry Lions Club. The board refused to allow for a bonfire after the live music late in the night requested by the Rec Board.


The Rec Board's request to not participate in the Dingman Car Show was approved as was the board's decision not to plan a Community Road Clean Up Day. "The board does not feel that the planning of a community event to clean up a sponsored road is within their scope of responsibility," read the Rec Board's memo sent to the supervisors. Predmore was approved to attend the Pike County Conservation District Lunch and Learn event on the morning of May 23. The board announced the Smart Recovery Group for drug addiction will continue to meet Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the township's Emergency Management Building on Wilson Hill Road. Also, the Pike County Alliance for Prevention Program's Reality Tour takes place 6 p.m. May 16 at the Milford Bible Church. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 admission fee.