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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Funds needed to fix firehouse parking lot

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  • PAUPACK TWP. - At the Paupack Township July meeting, it was reported that there are ideas for many projects, but grants are needed. One such project would be resurfacing the firehouse parking lot. Supervisor Tom Oakley said that although the township has received grants in the past, “grants have dried up a lot lately.” The Board voted to have Jim Martin, the township planning consultant look into securing a grant for the project. The lot, Oakley said, is used for a landing area for helicopters and it can be used nearly all year.
        Grants have been secured for a municipal complex project, an additional shed that will be used to store things, another shed and a pole-barn for snowplows and equipment. Once the paperwork is received from an engineer, Oakley said bids can go out. Paving for the firehouse parking lot probably won’t occur this year he said, in part because two other buildings need work first.  
        Martin secured a grant for the basketball and tennis courts and to install a walking trail at the park. The first phases of the project, Oakley said is done. The courts have been paved and now the tennis court will receive a coating. The tennis court is expected to be back in service by the middle of August. Oakley called the work a, “temporary inconvenience for permanent improvement.” A hitting wall located in the basketball courts is an addition to the project.
         Supervisor Chairman Bruce Chandler reported that there was tree trimming on Daniels Road, which is now complete for the season.
        Oakley suggested people, “save your junk,” because a date has been set for the fall cleanup. September 20, starting at 8 a.m. people can bring materials they would like to dispose of, just like the township had in the spring. 

        The Hemlock Hollow School paint restoration has been completed. Chandler and Oakley spoke about some issues with the restoration job, with Oakley saying none of the Board members saw the interior of the building when the work was underway, because “we generally don’t do that.” But Chandler noted that the building is over 100 years old. Oakley took personal responsibility for the bell being red, and said it will be changed to black. But in the end, Chandler said the Board is satisfied with the paint job. The one room school opened in 1872 and closed in 1972.
        Speaking on behalf of the Hemlock Hollow School Association, Frank Williams thanked the township for having the building painted because it will make the “building last a lot longer.” Despite the few issues, Oakley said, “I believe we got a fair price for a fair job.”  
    Page 2 of 3 -     For building and zoning, Supervisor Leigh Gilbert said the township had nine permits for June, with three houses, two additions, one garage and three sheds.
        Under fire, there were 12 calls in June with four motor vehicle accidents, one carbon monoxide alarm, one working fire, four public services and two mutual aids. While the ambulance responded to 36 calls in June.  
        Last month, a group of girl scouts sent the township a letter expressing their concern about a slide at the playground. After discussing the condition of the slide with a company and the township's insurance carrier to confirm that the slide meets the appropriate standards, the Board has decided that the slide is safe. 

        During public comment Karen Lutz asked about a “major depression in Lake Shore Drive.” Oakley answered that PennDOT did repairs to the pipe that is rusted and depressed. He said blacktop was placed on top of the hole, but it went down again. And so, he suggested Lutz contact PennDOT because the road is a state highway. 


        As for an electric billboard by Crazy Fingers restaurant, Lutz questioned if the Board approved it. Oakley answered that the appropriate permits were given, but he doesn’t believe the billboard will be electric. 

        Another woman spoke about people blowing tires on Hoadleys Road. She said people have filled out paperwork for restitution, but she questioned if anyone has received anything. Oakley answered that he was not aware of anyone receiving restitution. A man in the public said people will not be reimbursed. Township Solicitor Ron Bugaj said he has never heard of anyone being compensated for blown tires. Oakley said with regards to the Hoadleys Road issue, the township has received complaints and some of the holes in the road were patched, but not all. The reason for the selective hole patching, he said is that PennDOT only patches the holes their trucks make. The hole patching, is costing close to $90,000. Oakley said the roads were videotaped before the patching work began to know where the holes were. 

          Having met with building inspection underwriters, Oakley said there are half a dozen properties that have “some serious issues.” The international property maintenance code book was adopted and Oakley said the township is trying to “look for a more streamline way to condemn properties as opposed to the UCC.” UCC stands for the Uniform Construction Code. An agreement is in the works with the inspectors.
        It was suggested that the Board could be the code official, but Oakley said although he has 35 years experience in construction, he is not comfortable as a supervisor saying a building should be condemned or raised. With three structure fires in the last three months, two of which have been cleaned, and a few properties that need to be done, he said the township will wait until a contract is set.
    Page 3 of 3 -     The township is hoping to have the fire department sign installed by the end of the month or the beginning of August. 

        The next Paupack Township meeting is set for August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the offices off Daniels Road.

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