Smokers Paradise III, located on Route 434 and Chancey Thomas Road in Shohola, is now open. The owner is already talking about expanding.
The Shohola Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 10 monthly meeting approved a lot consolidation of the commercial property – where the store is currently located – and the adjoining residential property.
Aaron Robinson, of the township Planning Board, recommended approval of the consolidation.
John Fuller, the engineer who represents A.R. Real Estate Holdings, the owner of the new business, explained that the original intent was to build the facility on one parcel of land. Then, the adjoining property went up for sale, and A.R. Purchased it.
The owner wants to discuss "a further development with the Planning Commission and the Board to propose a larger development in the future, which would involve expanding the store, as well as adding gas pumps," Fuller said.
He added that the existing house and shed on the adjoining property will be demolished, a condition required by the Planning Commission.
"If you are going to have a bigger operation, a lot consolidation makes sense," said George Fluhr Jr., chairman of the board.
*** Taxes rising
In other news, according to Fluhr, there will be a budget increase of 1.25 mills, or about $22 per household. He cited a need both by the township and the fire department.
"Believe me. We tried every which way to stop this tax increase, but we didn't have a choice. We have to put a new roof on our garage, and unfortunately, every insurance went through the roof. We're just going to need more money," said Fluhr. "The board has been very frugal in its spending, and we'll continue to be so, but unfortunately, it is what it is," he said.
The board approved advertising the budget in the Pike County Dispatch, and the budget is available at the township building. If any residents have questions, they may schedule an appointment with Diana Blume, township secretary/treasurer or any of the supervisors.
*** In other news:
The Shohola Park & Recreation Committee will host the eighth annual Pumpkins in the Park on Oct. 19.
The Shohola Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue will host its annual Italian Feast on Oct. 26 at Station-1 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15, and children age 10 and under are free.
According to Supervisor Keith Raser, the Historical Society will be creating a DVD about the history of Shohola thanks to a grant from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). Dennis Lee, who has produced documentaries on HBO, CBS and NBC, has agreed to create the DVD. A showing will take place next summer in Rohman Park after the DVD is released. Note: The recently announced Techinical Assistance Grants (TAG) from the UDC are pending receipt of UDC's federal funding for Fiscal Year 2014.
Page 2 of 2 - The police chief warned that there is a scam going on that is targeting the elderly. A man calls up claiming to be their grandson, saying he needs $2,400 after a car accident. The money ends up in Ecuador.
The Shohola Police Department is buying two Taser guns for the department at a cost of $800 to $900 each.
The board has agreed to fax township resident Carrie Thomas documents when she sends in Freedom of Information requests. She first made the request several months ago, alleging she has a disability, and wouldn't be able to receive documents as quickly as people who could drive to the township building and pick up papers.
The next Shohola Township Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., township building. For more information, visit http://shoholatwp.org, or the township's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shoholatownship.