Lackawaxen Township's September meeting was brief, with the board of supervisors approving a few subdivisions and public comment consuming a majority of the 15 minute meeting.
Kelly Nagee spoke to the board about the area's emergency response services. She said that in August she called 911 because her four-year-old son was blue and non-responsive. Although he is fine now, she said he had had seizures. Her concern however, was that it took nearly 30 minutes for Lackawaxen EMS to arrive, she said. She acknowledged Pike County's mapping, but when there are other emergency medical companies near by, like Hawley and Tafton she wasn't sure why those companies couldn't respond. Unsure of an answer, Nagee said she wanted the board to be aware of the issue. In response, the supervisors had a few questions, but had no definite answer. They did say they would try to get an answer for her.
In July, Marge Wassmer informed the supervisors of large pieces of trees that had been cut down by a company hired by PPL and the wood had been lying on the side of Route 590 for over a month. Now, in September, the wood remains and she had questions for the board. Firstly, Supervisor Brian Stuart asked if the township secretary had given Wassmer contact information to people who could help her. Wassmer said she wasn't going to call anyone because she is not on the payroll. To which Stuart replied that township Solicitor Tony Waldron who was not present has been, "all over this guy." He did not give further detail. Having seen the wood, Stuart agreed with Wassmer that the placing of the wood is dangerous. So far, Stuart said Waldron has been in contact with the people, to which Wassmer asked, "why do we need the attorney at $175 an hour?" Stuart acknowledged her point. She said there are three supervisors who can go over the necessary legal matters if necessary. She asked though, "why hasn't it happened, doesn't make sense." As she waited, the board spoke amongst each other. Wassmer said she didn't see the need to go to an attorney, to which Stuart agreed. But she added that the situation wouldn't be an issue in Milford.
The supervisors approved the payment of the $99,723.07 bills in the general fund. Also approved was an emergency management plan.
The board went into an executive session regarding personnel, which was followed by the closing of the meeting. The next Lackawaxen Township meeting is scheduled for October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
[Editor's note: Supervisor Robert Cocchi reported that action was taken following discussion in the executive session, to replace the Township secretary/treasurer. She was released from the position on Tuesday morning. Cocchi declined to comment on why the action was taken. Cocchi is filling in at the office until a replacement is hired.]
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