SHOHOLA TWP. - Township Supervisors met on April 10 for the monthly meeting at the township building. While not top on the agenda, a good deal of the topics of the evening did center on the Parks and Recreation Committee as well as other opportunities for fun upcoming in the next months.
A park use application will now be needed to be filled out by groups wishing to use the park for special activities. Chairman George Fluhr explained that it is a rather simple form that just contains basic information about the group and planned event that will need to be filed before the event can occur.
The Committee will also be hosting the Annual Community Clean Up Day on Saturday May 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jenni Hamill from the Park Committee reported the Easter Egg Hunt was a great success. She noted that 175 children attended which was a big jump as not too long in the past the activity only drew as few as 30.
Hamill also announced that the park will be closed from approximately the last two weeks of April until the second week of May while the improvements to the playground and park are completed. Along with the new equipment for children’s use, exercise stations along the walking path will also be added.
Rounding out the recreation, the board approved the purchase of new infield mix for the baseball field and it was reported that PennDOT has given approval for the road use request by Boy Scout Troop 76 for the Barryville 5K Run/Walk to be held on October 18.
Supervisor Keith Raser called for a motion to recognize the Park Committee for all its hard work over the past few months, which was seconded and approved by the board.
••• Big fire at Trails End
• As the meeting was held just hours after the large fire at Trails End Campground, no firefighters were present at the meeting. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but damaged or destroyed approximately 20 campers and storage sheds and burned about 10 acres of ground. Over 100 firefighters from departments in both Pennsylvania and New York responded.
• Matters concerning the Roman property matter were once more discussed. Solicitor Jason Ohlinger announced that an agreement about the property use had been reached between the property owners and the township. Raser and Fluhr moved to accept the agreement but Vice Chairman Greg Hoeper had concerns about the septic system and asked that additional stipulations about the occupancy of the building be put into the agreement. Ohlinger noted this and agreed that the occupancy limits of the property will be based on the recommendations of the inspector.
• There were no further zoning or planning commission reports, but the board did announce that a $65K grant has been awarded to the township by the Monroe County LSA for the purposes of constructing a new salt shed.
• Fluhr also motioned to approve the Delaware Valley School District LERTA resolution, which was subsequently passed.
• Shohola Township Police responded to 16 calls for service in March. They issued five traffic citations and eight traffic warnings. One non-traffic citation was issued and there was one arrest.
• The Road Committee reported that pothole work will commence soon and that the first priority will be Little Walker Road.
• Finally, Raser recounted the board’s happiness that the new factory prospect announced at the March meeting is indeed moving forward. Still undisclosed as to who the owners are, it was stated last month that the new business is involved with metal recycling and should employ between 80-100 people.
Shohola Twp. Supervisors meet on the second Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Shohola Twp. Building, 159 Twin Lakes Road. The office may be contacted at 570-559-7394.