JACKSON TWP. – Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution aimed at helping nonprofit organizations in the township.
Township attorney Jeffery Malak presented Resolution 6 which will allow the supervisors to refund fees associated with permits, except for the cost to actually process the permit.
The resolution applies to The Lands at Hillside Farms, whose property is in Shavertown and Jackson townships. Last month representatives from Hillside Farms filed a rebate request to have $400 in municipal fees for inspection requirements and permits.
Following the adoption of the resolution, Supervisor Al Fox made a motion to rebate the farm 75 percent of the fees, retaining 25 percent to offset permit costs. The motion was unanimously approved.
In other news, the DeCesaris subdivision, off Chase Road, and the Devonshire subdivision, of Sutton Road, were approved based on recommendation from the township engineer and planning commission.
Supervisor Chairman John Wilkes Jr., said the DeCesaris subdivision is a family owned lot which was split up.
“This will not be a housing development,” he said.
The Devonshire subdivision will become a housing development, Wilkes said.
Also, supervisors approved a renewed intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Regional Emergency Management Agency.
Wilkes said this agreement will be renewed annually by all participating municipalities.
Supervisors announced the annual Easter egg hunt will be held at 2 p.m. on April 19 at the recreation field behind the municipal building.
The next municipal meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on April 1 in the municipal building.
Resident complains about mace attacks
DORRANCE TWP. —In addition to taking action to purchase a 2014 truck, the township supervisors Monday night heard a report by a Prospect Road woman that residents in her neighborhood over the weekend of March 8 were the victims of attacks by teenagers who allegedly sprayed the residents with mace.
Gina Nevenglosky told the supervisor she is aware of four her neighbors being attacked in a ruse in which she said teenagers would knock on doors or ring door bells and when the residents responded they would be sprayed with mace upon opening their door. The attackers would then flee.
Nevenglosky said she doubts the attackers are from her neighborhood, but hail from other sectors of Mountain Top. She said the victims are reluctant to speak out because of fear of further repercussions.
Since law enforcement in Dorrance is provided by the State Police, the supervisors advised Nevenglosky to notify the State Police of the incidents.
Nevenglosky also complained about the number of potholes on Prospect Road and she was told by Gary Zane, supervisor chairman, that the board is aware of the situation and repairs will be made.
The supervisors on a 3-0 vote, decided to move ahead with the purchase of a Dodoge Ram 5500, 4x4 diesel from Susquehanna Chrysler-Dodge of Wrightsville at a cost $55,293. It was stated a $2,000 deposit has been made; financing the project is scheduled to be discussed at the April 7 meeting.
— Tom Huntington
Nuangola Sewer Authority approves additional funds
NUANGOLA — An amendment to an existing contract resulted in the sewer authority unanimously approving an additional $90,000 in expenditures for the engineer of the sewer project, the Quad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre.
After an outline of services by chief engineer Rich Kresge, authority members Monday night approved Amendment 3 for additional work extending to as late as December 2014, and raising the total cost of the contract to $691,697.
The board, however, held in abeyance a request by Kresge for an additional $32,640 for work Kresge said he performed that “exceeded budget.”
It was proposed by solicitor Robert Gonos that the matter be tabled pending a review by Mike Angerson, regional representative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA has provided loan and grant financing for the project.
Mike Johnson, board member, elaborated that the motion should be adjusted to include that while the board accepts Kresge’s bill, payment is pending Angerson’s approval.
Gonos was central in stating that a work session on March 20 with representatives of the primary contractor, the Wexcon Co., is intended to be a non-public meeting. Gonos said the topic of discussion will center around issues related to sewer lateralls and the installation of grinder pumps.
Gonos said public input will not be sought nor will residents be allowed into the meeting.
Problems with grinder pumps and laterals have been brought before the authority since the project was essentially declared complete in November, 2013.
The board, however, did act to execute closure with the Doli Co., which installed the pipeline from the borough line to a juncture with the Mountain Top Area Joint Sewer Authority off Blythburn Road. On a 5-0 vote, the authority acted to “certify the project as complete,” Shirk said, pending the receipt of a warranty bond from Doli officials.
Kresge noted that Doli “came in at $27,000 under bid.”
Kresge was also called upon to deal with issues relating to surface water runoff on Main Street, “caused by lateral installations,” John Kochan, borough council chairman, said that resulted in 9 inches of ice having to be removed from the street by a borough crew.
— Tom Huntington