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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Residents warned not to put snow on roads

  • “Some residents push snow from their drives across and into already plowed and cindered roads,” complained Jerry Obert, roadmaster, at the January 6th Greene Township Supervisors' meeting. “Snow has been left in a heap that falls into the ditch and back into the plowed lane. People should be fined or charge...
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  •    “Some residents push snow from their drives across and into already plowed and cindered roads,” complained Jerry Obert, roadmaster, at the January 6th Greene Township Supervisors' meeting.  “Snow has been left in a heap that falls into the ditch and back into the plowed lane. People should be fined or charged for the road to be replowed. Snow left in the roadway causes danger to drivers and the snowplow drivers.”
        Supervisor Gary Carlton added,  “Someone plowed four feet of snow into a road. Snow plowed into the roadway is a hazard. The state law states that snow cannot be plowed onto a roadway.”
         The supervisors agreed to send a warning letter to those residents who plow snow into the roadway, authorize solicitor Jeffrey Treat to look into the vehicle code to strengthen the warning against plowing snow onto the road, and directed the township secretary to look through township ordinances for prohibition of plowing snow onto the road.
    ••• Pike ALS designated
        Kyle Wright, Pike County Advanced Life Support (ALS), reported that the “Pike County ALS response time has improved in the last three years and now is 18 minutes, 49 seconds. A unit is occasionally stationed in Hamlin which does decrease response time to Greene Township.”
         “Pike County ALS is the only unit accredited for pediatric care at the Master’s level. The service responded to 10 more incidents this year than last year and the service has improved each year.”
         “Pike County ALS offers a subscription program for an annual fee of $30. The subscription will provide a 25 percent discount. The service offers compassionate billing; patients at or below the federal poverty level are charged nothing. No unpaid bills are submitted to a collection agency. Pike County ALS rates are substantially cheaper than Atlantic Health Care,” Wright stated.
         “The ALS gets dispatched when the communications center feels that the emergency is life threatening. The Hawley unit is an ambulance and can transport if local a BLS service cannot respond,” Wright explained.
        “If there is no crew available Promised Land Ambulance will call the communications center to let them know that the ambulance is out of service,” David Prell, Promised Land Fire & Ambulance added. “The Atlantic crew will bill the patient if their crew member boards a local ambulance.”
          The supervisors agreed to keep Pike County Advanced Life Support as the ALS provider for the township.
    ••• Ice rink closed
         “The ice rink is closed for the season,” Carlton announced. “There are too many holes in the tarp and the water won’t remain in the rink.”
    Page 2 of 2 -      The supervisors agreed to donate $500 to Greene-Dreher Volunteer Fire Company for cleaning the ice rink tarp and filling the rink with water.
         The supervisors also agreed to consider adoption of the false alarm ordinance at the February supervisors’ meeting.
    ••• Reorganization
         During the annual reorganizational meeting Ed Simon was elected chairman, delegate to the Council of Governments, road encroachment officer, and road task force representative; Gary Carlton was named vice chairman and facilitator; Mary Ann Hubbard was named voting delegate to the state convention, solid waste coordinator, and Local Emergency Planning Commission representative; Judy Kleeman to continue as secretary with a $1 per hour wage increase, housekeeper, HIPAA, CDL, and open records officer, and alternate planning commission secretary; Heather Reichman as treasurer, alternate secretary, and alternate HIPAA, CDL, and open records officer; Don Nicholson as sewage enforcement officer (SEO) for the 43rd year, set back, well permit and sign officer; Jeryl Rinehart as alternate SEO; Jeffrey Treat solicitor, Randy Borden alternate solicitor, Engineer Gilmore & Associates, alternate engineer Kiley & Associates, Jerry Obert roadmaster, Peggy Bancroft township historian, Judy Obert vacancy board chair, Allan Shephard jr as EMA Coordinator (he will be both Greene & Dreher Township EMA coordinators), Kerry Nix planning commission secretary, Gilmore & Associates as Stormwater Mangement officer, and Gordon Olsommer Pike County Library representative.
         Septic permit fees were raised 10% to $385; all other permit fees remain the same.
    ••• No tax hike
          Tax millage remains at 5.5 mills plus 0.5 mills for fire. Tax Collector, Barbara Gilpin, will receive 3.5% for tax collection.
          “We can’t raise taxes when we are doing better in our accounts,” Carlton noted. The supervisors agreed to open a certificate of deposit at the Dime Bank in the Spring to invest surplus funds to “fall back on.”
        “We’ve had a good year. A bridge needs repaired that is going to cost a lot of money this year. We are trying to get grants to fund the repair,” Simon noted.
      Township office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The county office holiday schedule will be followed.
         The regular meeting of the board of supervisors is set for 7 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month at the township building, Brink Hill Road, Greentown.

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