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Lifeguard Hiring, Boat Buys Ready Akenac Waterfront

Lifeguard Hiring, Boat Buys Ready Akenac Waterfront
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch

DINGMANS FERRY -- Delaware Township's supervisors are making some quick, 11th hour moves to further prepare Akenac Park ready for the summer season that begins in just a couple of weeks.
The township for the first time appointed a part-time seasonal head lifeguard at the park. Enid Resto will fill that role from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at a rate of $14 per hour. The supervisors approved that appointment as well as rehiring two part-time seasonal lifeguards for this summer during their regular bi-monthly meeting last week.
They said a head lifeguard is needed with so many visitors at the park and lake during the busiest time of the year, including the board's approval at the meeting of Pocono Environmental Education Center's summer camps on Wednesdays from July 3 to Aug. 21 and PEEC's Family Camp Weekends next Saturday and on July 4 weekend. Resto also will oversee visitors and vacationers at the lake as well as family events there approved by the board.
They also agreed to purchase a boat and canoe for the park from Dick's Sporting Goods for $1,264.97.
But for anyone looking to fish, that's a different situation. The board approved closing off the entrance to the fishing dock for the public as it seeks a company to refurbish that and two smaller docks. The supervisors expect to decide who will do it and when the work will begin shortly at their next meeting on May 22 after gathering information on prospective companies.
Replacing the docks can be done this summer, said the supervisors during discussion at their workshop prior to their regular meeting. Township Public Works Director Vince Flatt said the dock's deterioration makes it "somewhat of a safety issue eventually."
"It's dangerous and only a matter of time when somebody would fall through the railings that are starting to go," Flatt said.
Supervisors said the newer designs for the fishing dock involve less maintenance.

The township received funding to restore and replace the docks from the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation's Marcellus Mini Grant Program for $9,340.50 and the township has matched that figure.
We plan to replace the current fishing dock with a floating dock," explained township Administrator Krista Predmore afterward. "There is only one grant received for the replacement of one (fishing) dock. If the township decides to replace the two (other smaller) docks in the swimming area, the purchases would not be covered by a grant."
The township already has replaced the existing floating dock for swimmers in the middle of the lake.
Supervisors also will discuss adding more tables to the three already in the Recreation Hall as well as adding more chairs. Visitors who were approved of using the Rec Hall for gatherings had to supply their own tables and chairs. The new tables and chairs would be stores in a "cutout" enclosed area and the supervisors plan to discuss procedures on buying and storing new tables and chairs as well as installing a door at the cutout area. Supervisor Jane Neufeld said estimates could run to about $2,500.
Delaware Township Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson and fellow board member Rick Koehler said they have stayed in touch with Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services and recently received an email saying that Commonwealth plans to advertise for job openings in the Milford area very soon. Commonwealth has been in discussion with a consortium of seven Pike County municipalities, including Delaware Township, for Basic Life Support and Advance Life Support services.
"That (possible new service) has nothing to do with our (township) ambulance corps," said Henderson of the local beleaguered service that has cut its service hours amid financial concerns.
He said after the meeting that it's been an "up and down" situation trying to bring Commonwealth to the area.
During the workshop, supervisors discussed and later rejected the suggestion from West Easton to collaborate on crafting a township Right to Know Resolution. Supervisors said the idea has merit because some residents can be persistent on requesting more and more documents and that some townships charge 25 cents per page when there are so many documents requested that it becomes a burden to township employees.
They concluded there is no need to go that route on a resolution at this time.
Supervisors also approved the adoption of Chestnut Ridge Road by Melissa Joseph as part of the township's Adopt-A-Road program.
Neufeld during Public Comment at the end of the regular meeting talked about her involvement with the county's Opioid Task Force that meets the first Tuesday of each month. She said the task force has discussed expanding resources to make the public more aware of addiction and recovery, an epidemic problem that affects entire families.

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.

Childs Park, Road Conditions Top Meeting with DWGNRA Superintendent

Childs Park, Road Conditions Top Meeting with DWGNRA Superintendent
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, April 18, 2019

DINGMANS FERRY -- Sula Jacobs, appointed Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area superintendent by the National Park Service in September, accepted an invitation by the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors to attend its meeting to hear ideas and concerns and commit to residents' interests.
"I think it's important we all come up with a solution," said Jacobs, referring to questions such as when the restoration work in Childs Park located in the township will be complete for it to reopen. Jacobs could not specify when that might happen after the multi-million dollars worth of damage from the two nor'easters that struck the area in early March last year.
"We've closed it (Childs Park) to work on the outbuilding, the large amount of trail that has fallen away, huge amounts of work," Jacobs said. "We've closed it to make the right changes."
Jacobs made a lot of points and wrote down many of them as she has been seen doing in meetings with community leaders and residents

"You invited me to be here. I will get here," Jacobs said in her opening remarks. "It (her new job) is coming back home. I grew up in Sullivan County, New York nearby and spent a lot of time in the park. I know I've cared so significantly about the resources. I'm from the area; I know about the economy."
Jacobs worked previously since 2014 at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. She succeeds John Donahue, who retired as DWGNRA superintendent at the end of 2017.
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson expressed satisfaction about the meeting afterward.
"What I get out of it is she is open to working with the township on a personal basis freely with the federal government, which is a breath of fresh air, although I did (also) have that relationship (in the past) with John Donahue, " Henderson said. "I'm pleasantly surprised we have that relationship (with the NPS) again."
During the meeting, which took up nearly all of the scheduled hour-long workshop before the regular meeting, Henderson asked about the potholes along Route 209 through the park caused by winter weather that recently have raised concerns for motorists.
"I have asked for emergency repair work (on the federal level) on the worst of them," Jacobs said. "We did the best we could do and will work on it (ourselves) over the summer. The work we do can only help so much. There's a holdup on the (federal) funding."
Jacobs said a lot of the makeshift patch work being done locally could break down again shortly, particularly in the crown of the road where it is difficult to repair the damaged grids used to alert motorists drifting to the other side of the road.
"The ultimate goal (of the NPS) is to shut down Route 209 to commercial traffic. Is it still the ultimate goal," asked 
township Attorney Thomas Farley, who also asked when that might happen.
"The NPS is restrictive on commercial vehicles. We can't control (its) legislation," Jacobs said. "We have to follow the (U.S.) Department of the Interior and the NPS policy. The policy is expiring soon and we have to go by that national policy."
Also discussed was the deteriorating, dangerous condition of Wilson Hill Road as a crosstown access to Route 209. Its maintenance is shared in some areas by the National Park Service and in others by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the township. 
"We're actually working on it. There's nothing to communicate further," said Jacobs. "We're definitely moving forward. It's a priority."
Part of that roadway on the eastern end falls under the NPS up to a gate that has been closed during emergencies, which is located farther in off Route 209 than other gates built on side roads. All of them were installed a couple of years ago.
"What is the philosophy of the gates? Why have the gates," Henderson asked. "When are they opened and closed? I know when John Donahue was superintendent he said it's to protect people from themselves."
"It's during major accidents," Jacobs said. "To divert traffic is one of the potential uses of the gates."
She added, "They are closed for the protection of visitors."
Supervisor Jane Neufeld said the township needs to be notified when gates are closed so residents don't travel down those roads form State Route 2001/Milford Road, only to have to turn around as they approach Route 209.
The supervisors said, when asked afterward, that they are still exploring the idea whether to install their own gates at the top, western ends of those roadways that would be shut when the NPS closes its gates.
They also discussed the Heller Farm on Route 209 that once had a store selling fresh grown produce to visitors, with an honor box.
"It's not that I'm against that. It doesn't have the right opportunity," Jacobs said.
Jacobs and the supervisors discussed the National Park Service's planned barricading of Doodle Hollow Road to vehicles during summer months. Although the road is owned by the township, the land on both sides is part of the DWGNRA. Supervisors mentioned in past discussions about dedicating the road to the NPS but they and Jacobs agreed to further discussion.
When that workshop segment opened to public discussion, Max Brinson of the Friends of Marie Zimmerman nonprofit read a heartfelt statement about the Zimmerman homestead and farm that has been closed to the public since 2017, except for one annual Marie Zimmerman Day open house. Brinson pressed for the homestead to again be opened for tours on summer weekends.
Brinson told Jacobs that the nonprofit has raised $2 million in public funding and $400,000 in private donations and talked about how the homestead had become a meaningful part of the local community.
Brinson said afterward his group has waivered in its commitment because of the closing of the homestead by the NPS. It has a six-member board and its general membership has 20 volunteers.
"It's hard to keep people interested when it's closed," Brinson said. "It's a shame. There's a real push from Washington D.C. (where the National Park office is headquartered) to lease properties in the park for 10 years."
Brinson said he has a followup meeting scheduled with Jacobs this week.
During the regular meeting, supervisors approved quarterly reports on the General Fund and Recreation Fund. When asked afterward about the state of the General Fund at this point versus the budget passed in December, Neufeld said, "It looks good. Our spending ties in with the season. We're doing pretty well. I'm not at all unhappy 
with where we are in the first quarter."
The board unanimously approved a $2,912.88 reimbursement request by the township volunteer fire company from the township's $16,000 annual fire company allocation to buy collapsible traffic cones and needed equipment. It also allotted $1,949.03 to the fire company for its first-quarter tax distribution.
Supervisors agreed to notify Dingman Township that they are accepting the updated boundary line information that Dingman sent to them.
The board unanimously approved donating two port-o-johns and to provide traffic control for the Dingmans Ferry Lions Club's Fishing Contest at Egli Pond on Route 739 from noon to 3 p.m. on April 27. Rain date is the following day. The Lions Club, in a letter to the supervisors, said approval of the port-o-johns is a $1,200 savings. Over 300 trout are stocked, with prizes awarded to the three largest fish caught, and children receive hot dogs and a soda and a prize for attending.
It also approved field use by the Pike County Women's Softball League from June 3-Aug. 4 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays and from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
An update on the Blue Ridge Communication franchise agreement up for renewal was tabled until the next meeting as more information is gathered.

Vacating Road To Park Service Would Hurt Fishermen

Vacating Road to Park Service Would Hurt Fishermen
By Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, April 4, 2019

DINGMANS FERRY -- Delaware Township officials call it the "road to nowhere" and its name -- Doodle Hollow 
Road -- befits its identity.
It runs through National Park property that includes a body of water nearby that is visited by some fishermen, a 
hidden secret except for residents and outsiders in the know. It is not a through intersection.
But township officials are at the point where they want to decide what to do about the road -- to keep it or to 
dedicate it to the National Park Service as part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
"They own the land. We just own the road," said township Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson, who 
said he wonders whether the township should turn over the road that it has maintained to DEWA.
The issue that has been discussed at prior meetings got renewed focus during the workshop prior to last week's 
general meeting when the supervisors announced they had received a correspondence from DEWA saying it 
wants to close the road to vehicles during the summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
"It's all about the concerns of the 'nature people,'" said Supervisor Jane Neufeld, who later said, "It's worth 
considering that they (DEWA) would take it."
"They (DEWA) say they want to keep the road open at other times of the year for fishing," said Neufeld, but she 
and her fellow supervisors pointed out that summer can be a very active time for fishing.
Another concern by DEWA, they said, is garbage dropped on the land along that road and closing it might deter that recurrence, particularly during busier summer months.
But resident Steve McBride expressed a concern. "If we (vacate) the road, they (DEWA) will close it 
(completely)," he said.
"Why would you want to deny our residents access," posed township Solicitor Thomas Farley. "Closing that area 
off to a transient group (of visitors) presents a catastrophic injustice."
Discussion will continue toward a final decision at upcoming meetings, the supervisors said.
At the meeting, the board accepted the annual budget report from the township volunteer fire company. "We're in 
great shape. We're holding our own," said Ed Hammond, president of the fire company, afterward. "We budget 
accordingly and we're transparent," said Fire Chief Sean Hughes.
Hughes said the company last year began budgeting toward replacing timeworn equipment. That was a concern 
expressed by neighboring Lehman Township during the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company's report presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting last week.
Also at the Delaware Township meeting, the board appointed Steve Tarquini to the township's Recreation 
Commission. With that appointment, Henderson and Neufeld agreed to let fellow Supervisor Rick Koehler vacate 
his role as a temporary member of the commission until someone was appointed for a full term.
The supervisors unanimously agreed to accept the fiscal year 2018 audit performed by Krk Summa & Co. LLP. They also agreed to publish and advertise the township's Concise Financial Statement on the modified cash basis by the accounting service for 2018.
The board agreed to purchase two truckloads of clay for its ballfields along Wilson Hill Road from Dingmans Ferry Stone, costing $55 a ton at a maximum payout of $2,700. .. Supervisors also agreed to accept tar and chip 
resurfacing estimates for five roads, including Emory, Nichecronk, Mary Stuart, Johnny Bee and 
Juniper/Resers/Pocono Circle. "It's not a bid but a preparation for putting it out to bid," clarified Neufeld.
The board approved Music in Akenac Park on July 6 and Aug. 31 from 5-9 p.m. ... It also agreed to the request by the Dingmans Ferry-Delaware Township Historical Society to hold meetings at the municipal hall on the third 
Thursday of each month from April through December, starting at 6 p.m.
The board during the workshop cited comments from township Emergency Manager George Beodeker as 
"accurate and to the point" to the American Red Cross Poconos chapter's assessment of the Delaware Township municipal hall as an emergency shelter. Supervisors had withdrawn the building designation as a full emergency shelter because it does not have showers for long term stays, they said. But Beodeker said the building can be used for an evacuation stating point, a warming center and a charging center (for residents' mobile electronic devices). "Why sign an agreement for what we don't have," Beodeker said.
Also during the workshop, supervisors talked about installing gates at the upper, western end of by-roads such as Wilson hill Road that connect Milford Road/State Route 2001 to Route 209. Those gates would be closed during storms when the National Park Service closes gates it has already installed at the lower end of those roads at Route 209.
PA American Water Project Manager Gary Vebulko talked during the workshop about phases of expanding 
services, including into Wild Acres private community. "We're getting closer to acquiring that system," Vebulko 
said. He could not specify when that would happen at Wild Acres when asked by the supervisors about it, except 
to say "maybe the latter part of the year."
Supervisors announced that the township's annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place 1-4 p.m. on April 13 at Akenac 
During public comment, Nancy Janiec read a letter she and Cathi Hewston submitted to the Delaware Township 
Volunteer Ambulance Corps talking about how they are rescinding their application to the new DTVAC leadership for returning as members and volunteers of the corps.
"We appreciate your taking the time for meet with (us) on March 4 to discuss our offer of volunteering and the 
discussion that took place. At that meeting, there were three main concerns mentioned:
"First, our concern for DTVAC's financial situation and the lack of ambulance coverage for Delaware Township due to the financial situation the company is in. To help alleviate this financial situation, it was suggested that DTVAC take a direct hire approach. In doing this, DTVAC would stand to save a substantial sum of money (Note: Rather than going through a placement agency as it does) and that could help toward the reorganization of DTVAC since they would have more money available for direct hire employees, thus more coverage.
"Second, it was requested that proceeds collected from the ambulance calls, that volunteers run, go to BLS 
operating expenses of DTVAC only, not to the outside contracted employee payroll. The idea would be to try to 
save DTVAC assets before they are lost to sale or forfeiture due to the irreversible financial situation of the 
organization at present.
"Third is a request that one of us become a member of the Board of Directors, which would be a better adherence to the by-laws description of Second Lieutenant by putting a certified first responder in that position."
The letter goes on to conclude:
"You have claimed that all of these requests are unreasonable.
"Unfortunately, we will have to rescind our applications for membership and volunteering. Neither one of us are 
willing to volunteer under the present management and organization of a DTVAC that seems uninterested or 
incapable of making any changes that might contribute to bettering our ambulance service, how it is run and 
managed, and its sustainability in the future.
"However, should DTVAC reorganize and return to volunteers or combination of volunteer and direct hire, we will definitely reconsider our position and reapply."

District Judge Reports to Delaware Twp Board

District Judge Reports to Delaware Twp Board
by Wayne Witkowski
Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, March 21, 2019

DINGMANS FERRY -- Cases of domestic violence and truancy have remained steady in recent years in 
Delaware, Lehman and Porter townships, Pike County Magisterial Court Judge Paul Menditto said in a presentation to 
Delaware Township Board of Supervisors during their workshop last week.
In fact, cases for Menditto's District Court 60-3-04 have actually declined a bit for Delaware Township, which 
means lower fund disbursements from collections.
Menditto pointed out in a four-page pamphlet on the "state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Magisterial 
District Court 60-3-04" that the yield to the township from fund disbursements from collections declined from 
$3,164.59 in 2017 to $2,263.75 in 2018.

"It shows that Delaware Township has less crime," Menditto said. He later said, "I notice the State Police, since I've started (as judge in 2015) are spending more time in southern Pike County."
The report also indicated that Lehman Township's fund disbursements increased by about $100 from $7,638.45 in 2017 to $7,731.06 last year. Porter's slipped slightly over the past two years, from $327.40 to $292.53.
Fund disbursements from Menditto's court to Pike County have risen about 25 percent from $40,762.77 in 2017 to $50,362.69 last year. Disbursements to the commonwealth slipped slightly from $137,744.19 in 2017 to 
$137,475.30 last year.
Menditto's district also covers part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Menditto went on to explain the different duties executed by his court, located at 213 Silver Lake Road in 
Dingmans Ferry.
"We're more than a traffic court," said Menditto, who said his rulings includes local ordinance violations, issuing of subpoenas and protections from abuse orders and for victims from sexual violence or intimidation and handling cases of truancy.
"I'm very proud of that," said Menditto, who said truancy is regarded as a crime in Pennsylvania.
A special program he adapted from Monroe County District Court Judge Michael Muth has helped stabilize cases of truancy. The districts by both judges cover some households whose children attend the East Stroudsburg Area School District and the program calls for the judge to meet with parents of the children and school administrators where children are in danger of being truant.
Menditto said truancy has dropped from 74 citations in his first year on the bench in 2015 to 34 in 2016, 35 in 
2017 and 32 last year.
"Parents and children are not getting citations and (therefore) getting into the system and they (students in danger of truancy) are back in school," Menditto said.
Menditto's duties also include jurisdiction on cases up to $12,000 including tort and contract actions, ordinance 
violations and civil fines, and hearing landlord/tenant actions up to $12,000 that determine possession of property. He also swears in officials with Oaths of Office and presides over weddings.
"I've done many marriages," Menditto said emphatically. "The Boy Scouts (in an Eagle Scout project) built a 
pagoda behind the (court) building so we can do it outdoors when the weather is nice."
Mendito said, when asked, that he has not had any cases of sex trafficking brought to his court, which has 
become a concern in neighboring Monroe County. "There are cases of child pornography and molestation but (the numbers of) those cases seems to be steady." 
Technology in documenting court action is current, he said. "Pennsylvania leads the nation in the way we use 
technology to make the courts accessible and efficient," the report reads. "Our innovative programs provide 
opportunities for dramatic differences in people's lives and are often proving to be cost-savers as well."
Also at the meeting, the board unanimous approved contracts to low bidder Wayco for the Doolan Road project for $212,848.84 and the stretch of Park Road from the entrance of Wild Acres to Milford Road/State Route 2001 for $353,732.54. Both projects will be reimbursed by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants.
The board authorized township engineer Boucher & James to prepare an analysis of replacing or repairing the 
municipal building roof, which board Chairman John Henderson said has been leaking. Township Administrator 
Krista Premore said an engineering analysis in 2013 indicated the roof has a 10-year lifespan. Band-air repairs 
done a couple of years ago were expected to cover five years.
Also approved was an upgrade and three-year contract renewal with PenTelaData for Internet services.
During the workshop session before the regular meeting, Predmore said she and township Emergency 
Management Coordinator George Beodeker were expected to meet with officials of the American Red Cross 
Poconos chapter on Wednesday this week to discuss the agreement for the municipal building as a Red Cross 
shelter. Predmore said the township pulled the building from the Red Cross list because there are no showers and the question of whether there would be enough volunteers to run the building as a full shelter. Instead, Predmore said they're recommending to the Red Cross it be used as a warming center.
Also at the regular meeting, Dennis Lee was appointed to the township Recreation Committee. The board also 
approved advertising for part-time lifeguards and season gate-keepers for Akenac Park for the summer season as well as a season park manager for a 35-hour work week. Also approved was use of municipal ballfields by the Matthew Ohlemann Memorial Softball League on Sundays from May 5 to Sept. 29.
Resident Nancy Janiec talked during the public comment period about her efforts to help the Delaware Township 
Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
"I met with the ambulance corps, made numerous suggestions and offered numerous services but I've gotten no 
response," said Janiec, a former ambulance corps volunteer. "Now is the time to move forward to pursue 
(ambulance) coverage for our residents."
"We're moving as fast as we can (on this)," Henderson said. "There are a lot of people involved."


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