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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Cost of tax inquires to rise

  • During the summer months, Palmyra Township Tax Collector JoAnn Kmetz received over 100 inquiries. But, during the off season, she said at the Oct 7th Palmyra Township meeting; she only receives between two or three inquiries.
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  • During the summer months, Palmyra Township Tax Collector JoAnn Kmetz received over 100 inquiries. But, during the off season, she said at the Oct 7th Palmyra Township meeting; she only receives between two or three inquiries. For 15 years, Supervisor Chairman and Assistant Road Master Pete Steffen said the cost per inquiry was $5.00, now though; it will increase to $10.00. Township Solicitor Jeffrey Treat said the cost for inquiries were a, "customary fee," that other townships also charge. Based on the, "time and financial burden placed on the collector," Treat explained the commonwealth ruled on the reasoning for the cost.
    Township Supervisor and Road Master, Joseph Kmetz said the paving job on Beach Nut Drive has been completed. Come the end of October, the road crew will start work on replacing a pipe in Garfield Avenue. The work may take two days, and Kmetz said he would let the homeowners know when work will begin. Steffen explained that Hawley Borough is purchasing the pipe, but the township is responsible for the rest of the job. The pipe alone, Kmetz said will cost almost $4,000. In addition to the pipe replacement, Jack Robertson asked if there would be a stabilization and repaving done to widen the road because of concerns raised by township residents about, "the deterioration of the road." Robertson said repaving to widen the road would also be a good idea. Because the line between the Hawley Borough and the Township cuts through Garfield Avenue, and so money could come from the Liquid Fuels account, "we'd like to enter at a cooperative agreement." Kmetz responded that the blacktop will be put back and there will be some modifications done with the edges. Area resident, Alicia Hanes asked about all the leaves that have made the road, "scary." Kmetz said the leaves would be taken care of too. Work is slated to begin Oct. 20th.
    There are trees along Fourth Street that has township resident, John Morgan concerned. He said if there was enough wind, the trees could fall and cause problems. Morgan questioned who would be responsible since Fourth Street was never dedicated. Because it is not a township road, if there were problems, Treat said since it is privately owned, it would be the owner's responsibility. He said the owner of Fourth Street is a corporation out of Pittstown.
    Morgan said the homeowners on the road were concerned because if there was a problem and the road was blocked, they would have to park on Highland Street and walk to their homes. He asked the Board if it would be possible to open Fourth Street to create an access to Spruce Street. Zoning Officer and Driveway Permit Officer, Dennis Mynarski responded that it isn't possible because according to a map, Fourth Street goes through a home on the street.
    Since July 2nd, Morgan said the width of Garfield Avenue has decreased because the pipe is, "narrowing." Treat will look into what type of access the township could create if it was possible to get title to the piece of property. Aside from road issues, Morgan briefly brought up another concern about water that isn't going into a stream, to which Steffen said the township would address the road issue first.
    Page 2 of 2 - For the month of September, Hawley Police Officer Ernie Hilling reported that there was: one criminal mischief, three disorderly conducts and three retail thefts. Eight traffic citations and nine traffic warnings were issued along with one non-traffic citation. In the township, he said there were 44 other incidents.
    Hawley Fire Chief, Scott Mead said the fire department received 15 calls in September and there was mutual aid to Tafton, Forest and Lakeville once. Also, in Hawley Borough there were eight calls, with four in Palmyra Township.
    Under correspondence, Township Secretary and Treasurer, Lois Powderly said PennDOT will receive $42,440.91 on March 1st for the township's Liquid Fuel tax allocation.
    The next township meeting is scheduled for Nov. 4th at 7 p.m. at the offices on Oak Street, Marble Hill.

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