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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Roadmaster Kmetz thanked for dedication

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  • PALMYRA TWP. (WAYNE) - To recognize the instances where Palmyra Township’s Supervisor and Road Master Joe Kmetz went “above and beyond,” by working on his own time cleaning ditches and using his own vehicle to plow the roads when the trucks are down, Supervisor and Assistant Road Master, Pete Steffen suggested that Kmetz’s hard work should be recognized by a $2,000 year-end bonus in the middle of the year. Township Solicitor Jeffrey Treat said the Board could not set supervisor’s compensation or bonuses. But Steffen was able to make a motion to ask the board of auditors to take the Supervisor’s recommendation and offer Kmetz the bonus.
        Following a very early morning incident, where Kmetz had to walk several miles because he did not have a cell phone, the township has purchased a Trac phone for him.
        The Wayne County Department of Planning approved a Dime Bank lot consolidation.
        The Wayne County Conservation District approved the erosion and sediment control plan for the Aqua PA Hawley water systems for Church and Prospect Streets, along with Ridge Avenue and Main replacement project for the Hawley Borough in the township. 

        Township Secretary and Treasurer Lois Powderly reported that as of March 31 in the general checking there was $112,161.67. In the state road account there was $44,621.27. In the building code account there was $23,405.01. Which together, all totaled $180,187.95. Revenues generated for March in the general account were $4,047.53. Salaries for March were $5,390.65. From January through March, Powderly reported that salaries totaled $13,773.37. Income for March in state road account was $51,010.01 because the township got the liquid fuels and the state turn back, Powderly said. Plus, $.20 interest was earned in the building code account. CDs total $52,011.18 which gives a grand total of $232,199.13
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        The Palmyra Township police report for March: one retail theft, two traffic citations, two traffic warnings and 26 investigations.
        Hawley Fire Chief Scott Mead reported that the department had nine calls in March. Mead added that the department has been very busy, as the volunteers often assist neighboring departments.  
        Paul McKiernan, a resident on North Street, spoke to the Board about a “continuous problem with a lot of water runoff,” that has gotten worse, he said. After communicating with the township at one point, McKiernan said the township was “very good at accommodating and trying to help elevate some of the problem at the time.” But now, he said the problem has gotten “progressively worse,” because water travels down a hill and misses a drain pipe ultimately traveling elsewhere.
        Noting that he is not an engineer, McKiernan said there is a chance there are other, “underlying problems,” because one part of a road has a crack. He asked the Board if there is a way to “readdress this type of issue,” whether by the road master or whomever. McKiernan noted that as a private citizen he was looking for further direction to fix the problem. Steffen and Kmetz said they will look at McKiernan’s situation and then address the problem if they could and or possibly send a letter to PennDOT. 

    Page 2 of 2 -     In regards to the Route 6 sewer line update, Steffen said he has spoken with representatives from Keystone Consulting and “they are not the bad guys totally.” He explained that PennDOT had a few concerns that needed to be addressed. Some parts of the plans that PennDOT has been, “knit picking over,” Steffen said is “pretty outrageous.” PennDOT, he said will allow a bond for only 25 percent of the total estimated cost of the project. That, he said is a “benefit for all involved.” Once the township has the final approval, Steffen said everything should be “pretty quick.” At this time, everything is waiting on PennDOT and the township has been working with the Hawley Sewer Authority. The grants are still secure, and so far Steffen said $40,000 has been invested in the project. He added that, “things are moving along, at a snail’s pace.” To which Jim Shook added, “progress is progress.”
        McKiernan questioned whether a quarry, he did not specify which, was still under a conditional use because of the occasional “shakes,” that reach “3.2 on the Richter scale.” Steffen said the quarry is “very heavily” regulated by the DEP. That means, the township cannot do anything, Kemtz said because the quarry is within the appropriate limits when blasting. 

        Despite his expressed concerns, McKiernan noted that he is pleased with the Township and the “diligent job,” with keeping a good township. 

        Under Solicitor’s report, Treat said since no roads or lands in Palmyra Township will be used for the upcoming Wally Man race, there is no need for a formal approval for insurance purposes. 
    With the ongoing issue with Lisa Osborne, Treat said he is pursuing a sheriff’s execution.     Palmyra Township’s next scheduled meeting is set for Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the offices on Oak Lane, Marble Hill.

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