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Emergency Management Update - 3/6 at 4pm

Updated information 3/6/18 4:00 pm:

* State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township.

* The township building will be closed Wednesday March 7th, the day the heaviest snowfall is expected.

*Please check the Township’s Facebook page, website and voice mail message (570-828-2347) for updated information.

 *Tomorrow March 7th, please do not travel.

*Residents are encouraged to be inside and to remain in a safe place during this long duration event.

*If you plan to shelter in place have enough food, fuel and water for several days.

*The new storm will severely impact emergency responders and township services as well as state services. Call 911 for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

*Anticipate that it may be several hours after the storm before travel is safe and practical again.

*Per Pike County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) the following shelters that are open are: Dingmans Volunteer Fire Department, Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company and for any other emergency shelter needs please dial 911.

*Pike County EOC will remain in operation throughout the next a storm.

*We ask that the public be vigilant with regards to the welfare of neighbors; to be prepared for an additional time without power and to understand travel should be considered in only the most necessary of circumstances.

*Warming center operations will resume at the township building on Thursday, March 8th, from 9am-4pm.  Water and MRE’s will be available.

Governor Wolf Outlines Preparations for Latest Severe Winter Weather Forecast Commonwealth Asks Drivers to Avoid, Postpone Unnecessary Travel

Harrisburg, PA –Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, PennDOT will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.

I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.

Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm.

The heaviest snows are expected to fall during much of the day Wednesday. In anticipation, PennDOT is moving five plow trucks and two graders along with 18 employees into Pike County to address any issues on Interstate 84, as well as 20 plow trucks and two graders along with 46 employees to address any issues on Interstates 80, 380, and Route 33 in Monroe County and the Lehigh Valley. The crews are being moved from western Pennsylvania to assist in this storm response.

“I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly,” Governor Wolf said.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling.

3/6 Emergency Management Update

March 6th Emergency Management Update:


* State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township.


*The township building remains open as a reception center and distribution center for limited supplies at this time. Delaware Township municipal building IS NOT operating as a shelter and is not anticipated to.


*Township road conditons remain marginal and flexible with ongoing intermitent road closures for utility restoration.


*Please DO NOT call the township office for accurate information on road closures, since all intermitent closures are ongoing and change hourly. If you must travel plan additional time for delays to be encountered.


*When traveling reduce speed, use caution, when possible yield to oncoming traffic, specifically emergency and untility vehicles.


*Please make every attempt to make your travel away from your home to those trips that are necessary to acquire supplies and resources to prepare for the next strom.


*To correct a misconception and rumor that arose yesterday "THERE IS NO MANDATORY EVACUATION AT THIS TIME FOR DELAWARE TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS", however, this is a long duration event and if you are unable to maintain your resources or the abililty to remain in your home you should consider relocating well inadvance of the next storm.


*During the next event keep in mind that the existing condition and new snow will severely impact emergency responders and township services as well as state services.


*Anticipate that it maybe several hours after the storm before travel is safe and practical again. We urge all residents to use the time available to re-supply and prepare for the next event.

 

Delaware Township State of Emergency Still Exists

Delaware Township State of Emergency Still Exists
March 5, 2018

Over 4,500 residents in Delaware Township remain without power.  There is no estimate for restoration at this time.

Power company crews and tree crews are working to clear debris throughout the township.

Expect/anticipate "floating" road closures and significant delays for the next several days.

More bad weather is anticipated Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Residents can anticipate significant snow fall which will severly impact the ability to travel - prepare now for food, fuel, water and other needs or consider relocating temporarily. 

State of Emergency Declared in Delaware Township

March 3, 2018

The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors along with the Delaware Township Emergency Coordinator, George Beodeker have declared a State of Emergency.

Travel throughout the township is limited and dangerous due to down trees and powerlines.  Travel should be restricted to only essential services/personnel.  Utilities are estimated to be restored in 7-10 days.  Stay inside and keep warm. 

Only residents with a true emergency should call 911. Currently, the township phone lines are out of service.  Do not attempt to call the township for information or with concerns.  The Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company can be reached by phone at (570) 828-2223, however, the facility is not staffed 24 hours and should not be contacted for requests such as fuel, food, or access.  Both the fire company and the township do not maintain those supplies, and will not have accurate information as to where they can be found.

The township municipal hall located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, will be open beginning tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 9am to 4pm as a warming center and everyday thereafter as needed.  No transportation or food will be provided.

ROADWORK FOR ’01, WILSON HILL ROAD GETS PUSHED BACK

ROADWORK FOR ’01, WILSON HILL ROAD GETS PUSHED BACK
Pike County Dispatch  - Thursday, February 22, 2018
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY – Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation’s major roadwork scheduled for the Delaware Township vicinity on Milford Road/State Route 2001 and for Wilson Hill Road may be done much later, rather than sooner, than projected.

Years later, in fact.

Township Supervisor Jane Neufeld went off the agenda topics to open discussion about what she had learned about that during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, which noticeably shocked a few residents who attended.  A PennDot official disagreed with the extended deadlines.

Work on Phase 3 of the Milford Route 2001 road widening project that was targeted for a 2020 completion now won’t be done until 2024.  Neufeld said she learned from two Pike County Road Task Force meeting she had attended recently.  That work goes from Little Egypt Road in Lehman Township to Rockledge Road about a mile north of the Delaware Township boundary.

When it was pointed out to the board that works have been moving utility poles back near the Briscoe Mountain Road intersection in recent months to prepare for the road widening, resident Karen Hagan said she hasn’t seen work started north of that area.  “That’s as far as the work goes,” Hagan said.

Neufeld pointed out that the project has completed work on the two opposite ends of Milford Road – in Lehman Township and the Milford vicinity – but not much has been going on in between.  “They’re back to doing a lot of work in Lehman Township,” Neufeld said.

“That’s been a 10 year project (already),” lamented township Planning Department member LoriAnn Hines.

Neufeld said the road has been reclassified from a “feeder road” to a “minor arterial road”.  That could affect prioritizing the pace of the work. 

Neufeld also said the work to rebuild the crumbling eastern end of Wilson Hill Road now won’t be completed until 2026.  It originally was supposed to be done this year then pushed to 2019, according to PennDot officials.

“That’s news to me,” said Don Wuchter, head of maintenance and paving of roads in that area.  “It’s an extensive project to get that road stabilized and I understand it was being pushed from 2018 to 2019.  We’re replacing 11 to 12 culvert pipes.  It’s all about (state) funding and I’m looking at resurfacing and repaving that road in 2020.”

Wuchter said the road is “slowly getting worse,” with edges slipping down the mountainside.  Metal road barriers are seen tilted almost sideways.  “The fire company has told us they’re concerned about using that road now,” Wuchter said.

Neufeld said it would be good to get residents’ response along with the board communicating with local lawmakers on the issue to move the work along.  She said the board could perhaps take them on a tour and to tape a video of a drive taken along the road.  Township Solicitor Thomas Farley cringed at the touring idea, acknowledging the danger of traveling on the road.

Neufeld expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of Milford Road, particularly worsening potholes and overall road deterioration, from heavy truck traffic.  “The amount of traffic hasn’t lessened since the summer,” she said.

She said it’s also her understanding that a stretch of Silver Lake Road/State Route 2004 remains on the schedule for repairs and replacing culverts for this year.  That stretch of road foes from Route 749 to the private community of Pocono Mountain Lake Forest.

At the regular meeting, the board, with Chairman John Henderson absent because of illness, approved the slightly revised township budget, which includes primarily 2 percent cost of living allowances for salaried employees. …Ron Tussel was appointed township Sewage Enforcement Officer… Township roadmaster Vincent Flatt was appointed to the sixth and final spot of the Pike County Road Task Force.  Pike County Commissioners delayed filling that position because Flatt was just named roadmaster earlier in February after Mike Kolenet resigned.

The board agreed to advertise for accepting letters of interest to fill vacancies for the Emergency Management Coordinator, the seats on the newly resurrected Recreation Committee, the township auditor and township Public Works employee.

The Rec Committee will advertise again after getting no response to the first announcement.  Rick Koehler had been elected township auditor in the November General Election but had to resign when he also was elected township supervisor. Public Works, meanwhile, need to fill only one of its four positions.

ZONING ORDINANCE HEARING

The board approved advertising for a public hearing on March 28 at 7:15pm for the amendment to Zoning Ordinance 110 and the amendment to definitions on Ordinance 901 involving animal kennels.  The issue came to the forefront at a September meeting after a complaint from a neighbor about noise from a business on Meadow Ridge Acres Road run by a couple – Elisabeth Cologne-Szymanski and James Szymanski – who are certified to breed elite show dogs.  Matters were resolved on that issue, said Farley, with a 10 point conditional permit mainly about setting hours when the dogs could be allowed outside.

The permit also requested a stockade wood fence to be built around the back of the property facing the neighbor to reduce sound.

Farley said at the time the key element was the township determining that the couple’s property is not a kennel, a category that falls under township ordinance.

The board also is leaning toward switching its garbage removal from Waste Management to County Waste.  Township Administrator Krista Predmore said Waste Management’s contract had become expensive and County Waste countered with a lower offer.

She said that, “Waste Management then came back with much lower rates but I feel County Waste is the better option.”

Predmore said that, after tapping into a webinar about grant writing for historic funding that applying for money to restore kitchen flooring in the Historical Society Building located with the library in Akenac park does not fit the criteria of historic buildings.  Four bids from companies came in with estimates ranging from $9,000 to $15,000 for restoring the floor, which was damaged a few years ago by a flood.  Neufeld said perhaps the work could be covered by the Scenic Rural Conservation Project since it is a part of the park.

In a continued effort by Neufeld and Predmore to streamline the banking of township finances, the board agreed to move two Wayne Bank Certificates of Deposit of $3,461.14 and $843,020.20 to the Wayne Bank General Fund checking account.

It also moved to close the Wayne Bank Park & Recreation checking account and transfer the account to the Dime Bank Park & Recreation checking account.

It also amended the approved decision to close the Diem Bank General Fund account and transfer it to the Wayne Bank General Fund checking account.

The board approved a parking lot use request by Camp Gans Israel for 60 to 100 cars from the afternoon of June 7 to the afternoon of June 10 for a Jewish Shabbat retreat gathering.

Neufeld asked to delay a decision on the North Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Buddy Walk request for Sept. 23 at Akenac Park until more information goes to the Board.

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