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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Parcel next to park bought by Township

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  • GREENE TOWNSHIP - The Greene Township supervisors, April 2, authorized the purchase of the property on the southeast corner of Hemlock Grove Road and Brink Hill Road from Allen Shiffler in the amount of $15,000.
          The property is adjacent to the township park. Water may be eventually provided to the park from the well on the purchased property.
    •••Financial questions
      “Why in the last six years has there been a large increase in remaining Township funds? Asked resident Christine Rock. “I asked this same question last month but didn’t get an answer. Is there a way that the township can further investigate this?”
       Rock continued, “There has been an average increase of $85,000 in leftover funds. Why does leftover funds keep increasing but the tax revenue has not increased?”
       “Expenses have increased,” responded supervisor Gary Carlton. “We have purchased a new backhoe, allocated more money for stone, purchased a used roller, and had work done on the trucks.”
       He added, “It is curious to me, and I would like to find where the funds started to disappear. Perhaps after the 2013 audit, we should request the auditors to go through the 2010, 2009 and 2008 records. We did have a professional audit for the records for 2011 and 2012.”   
         “Money was saved through good management,” noted chair Edward Simon. “We have had a good treasurer and good secretary.”
        “According to the Profit and Loss statement, the net income in 2009 was $57,349.77, in 2010 was $81,730.19, in 2011 was $66,926.52, in 2012 was $173,469.01 and in 2013 was $105,494.63,” supervisor MaryAnn Hubbard stated.
         “The total income for 2009 was about $625,000, in 2010 was $686,000, in 2011 was $781,000, in 2012 was $683,000, and in 2013 was $709,000,” she continued.
         “The township borrowed $50,000 in 2009 and took $50,000 out of a certificate of deposit in 2010,” Carlton explained.
        “I want to know where we can grow stronger,” noted Rock.
    ••• Road  materials
         The supervisors awarded a contract for stone to Atkinson Materials for 3500 tons of 2rc stone for $5.25 per ton picked up at the plant and $10.27 delivered to the job site, 4,000 tons of DSA $5.25 per ton picked up, $10.27 per ton delivered, 1500 tons of 2a $5.25/ton picked up and 10.27/ton delivered, 200 tons of rip rap r4 $10/ton picked up and $15.02/ton delivered, 100 tons of rip rap #5 $12/ton picked up, $19.30 delivered, and 100 tons of #3 stone at $8/ton picked up and $13.02/ton delivered.
       The supervisors agreed to advertise for 20,000 gallons of liquid calcium and to advertise for 700 tons of cinders with bids to be opened at the May supervisors’ meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 -       Carlton noted that cinders cannot be paid for with state liquid fuels money because cinders are not manufactured.
    ••• Special meetings
        The supervisors scheduled a joint meeting with the planning commission on Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
       Emergency Management volunteers are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. at the township building to meet with new EMA coordinator Allen Shiffler.
       The Greene Township Supervisors meet on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the offices on Brink Hill Road, Greentown.

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