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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Changes to Right to Know Act discussed

  • At the Oct. 10th Paupack Township meeting, Planning Consultant, Jim Martin informed Supervisors Tom Oakley and Bruce Chandler of updates regarding the Right to Know Act. Martin suggested that nothing needed to be done with the resolution because there weren’t any revisions and two House Bills are, “floating around.”
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  • At the Oct. 10th Paupack Township meeting, Planning Consultant, Jim Martin informed Supervisors Tom Oakley and Bruce Chandler of updates regarding the Right to Know Act. Martin suggested that nothing needed to be done with the resolution because there weren’t any revisions and two House Bills are, “floating around.”
        Based on the original Act that was adopted with the Senate Bill, Martin said there were a, “couple points of interest,” because the Bill addressed some issues the township has dealt with. He explained that the Bill has a focus on commercial operations that are looking for information. One such adjustment, he said is that commercial operations will have to certify that they are an operation looking for information for business purposes. With such requests, he said there will be a fee schedule adjustment for the person doing the research. Also, with some timeline extensions, people may have to wait 15 to 20 days till they receive information back. Martin gave a quick overview of the changes, but he said there is a large section regarding the inmate population that tends to request a lot of information.
            Additionally, there were other exclusions for tax information that the tax collector would have. If the Bill is adopted, Martin suggested that the township’s policy should be modified. Similar to other townships, Martin added that, “for now you’re in good shape.”
    ••• Copper pipe theft leads to oil spill
        In February of this year, one hundred gallons of diesel fuel spilt into a stream that runs into Lake Wallenpaupack because people stole copper line that went from the fuel tank to a heater in an area home. Since the incident, the empty home has been demolished. Oakley said the entire problem was a, “complete fiasco.” Supervisor Bruce  Chandler said copper lines have been stolen from three houses. Oakley added, “the moral is, guard your copper pipes.”  
          At the August 8th meeting, Chandler reported that Community Health Services (CHS) bought the Wayne Ambulance. Oakley said that since the change, service levels have been about the same, even a little better. But a few, mid-management level personnel are no longer employed by Wayne Ambulance and there was no ambulance log to report. Oakley said communication lines need to be better established yet, which is being worked on.
             There was a rededication of the Purdy Town Cemetery Oct. 12 after people, “spent an awful lot of time and effort spiffing the place up,” said Oakley. Originally, the cemetery was in a lake bed, but it was relocated when Lake Wallenpaupack was built in 1926.
    Page 2 of 2 -         The next Paupack Township meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the offices on Daniels Road.

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