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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Keeping geese off new walking trails

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  • PAUPACK TWP. - The two walking trails in Paupack Township are now complete and ready to use. Except, a present problem, Supervisor Tom Oakley reported at the August meeting is that geese are plentiful and generously leaving their “deposits,” on the trail. To address this issue, the Board voted to purchase a “goose away deterrent system.”
        Oakley said the system is a solar powered light, that emulates the geese’s predators. Before the trail was complete, he said the geese weren’t really an issue. Now however, they are a “significant issue.” The goose away light supposedly covers three to five acres and so it would be placed in the pond, which Oakley said should cover the problematic area. He learned of the light from officials in Palmyra Township, who had a similar problem at the beach. Oakley admitted that he has been told that the light is not 100 percent, “but it’s very affective.” For more information visit, www.awaywithgeese.com.
        The trails in the park were upgraded, Oakley said because Township Planning Consultant Jim Martin received grants to do upgrades in the park. One of the trails goes around a ball field, while the other goes around the pond. Both trails are handicap accessible.
        Another part of the grant went to resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts. The finished appearance of the courts, Oakley said turned out “really well.”
        A grant to pave the municipal complex parking lot was received, which would also allow for an additional salt shed and pole barn. The bids for the pole barn will go out at the August 28 meeting, while the salt shed paving will wait until next year.
        An old, shared sign by the township and the Lakeville Fire Department at the beginning of Daniels Road where announcements are placed, will be replaced with an LED sign shortly.
    ••• Woodland Hills Assoc.
        The Vice President of the Woodland Hills Association, Paul Creteau, spoke to the Board about an “ongoing problem” residents are having with one resident’s septic system. He explained that the system is leaking and neighbors can now smell the fluids that are being discharged. As the resident often has weekend visitors, the waste is more problematic as it runs in a trench outside of the home. Some neighbors have reported seeing suds, which is questioned to be laundry detergent. Creteau said there is great concern because the septic system is on the shoreline of the lake, plus there is an issue of coliform bacteria. Even though the homeowner is aware of the issue, Creteau said the owner has only responded by adding dirt and wood chips onto the affected area. After calling the Department of Environmental Protection and PPL, Woodland residents were referred to the Township.
    Page 2 of 3 -     Supervisor Chairman Bruce Chandler said he and the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer Chris Martin have visited the home. Township Solicitor Ron Bugaj told the Board he would like someone to “determine the nature and extent of the violation.”  
    ••• 'Nasty to say the least'
        An unnamed resident in Paradise Point that had a shed improperly placed has paid a fine, but there is still an issue. Chandler said the man’s neighbors are afraid of him as he is “nasty to say the least.” He continued that people should not have to “live in fear,” as there were some “odd remarks” indirectly made by the man.
         After the man called the township and made “threatening accusations” when he spoke with Supervisor Leigh Gilbert, Oakley said he thought it would be a good idea to tell his neighbors.
       Bugaj said that the issue is a state police matter.  A letter from the zoning officer that states the man needs a permit to move the shed has been sent. Bugaj said when the man’s time is up, the appropriate judicial actions will occur in court, because township officials can’t be abused. Gilbert said the accusations were directed at the man’s neighbors. Because the man didn’t specifically name anyone, when the state police were contacted, they said there was no criminal act.
        A few people in attendance at the meeting, who wished not to be named, said the man is a, “very volatile person.” While another exclaimed that he is, “very frightening.” Oakley said the man actually threatened that a neighbor’s house will be burned down. After that, Bugaj said the Supervisors couldn’t “sit on this.” Of the burning of the house, Gilbert said the threat was made through him that, ‘one of these nights, my neighbor’s house is going to burn down.’ Because of incidents elsewhere, Bugaj said everyone “should be on their toes.” Oakley said, “it has our attention.” While Chandler finished the conversation with, “he is on the radar screen.”
    ••• Fowl roaming free
        The last abnormal issue discussed at the meeting, was about fowl roaming free on Hoadleys Road, because the bird’s owner doesn’t have the appropriate fencing. The fencing; Chandler said is a, “joke.” Aside from the bad fencing, he said there are too many birds. Oakley said he has had many conversations with the owner, but they haven’t led to anything. Since Township Zoning Officer Rolin Edwards has written a letter, Bugaj said the Board should let the letter “sink in” before additional action is taken. The letter was sent August 6.
    Page 3 of 3 - ••• Other matters
        • A new entrance door has been installed at the municipal building, because the original one was damaged, said Chandler. The door includes a security glass with stronger locks. Another door is set to be installed, so the overhead door isn’t opened as much during the winter season.
        • In July, the Lakeville Fire Department responded to nine calls that included: three motor vehicle accidents, two automatic CO alarms and no working fire alarms. There were three public service calls and one mutual aid. The ambulance had 37 calls in July.
        • Under building and zoning, Gilbert reported that there were 14 permits in July with: one house, two garages, one boat storage, four decks and six sheds.
        • Following the success of the spring cleanup, the Board decided to host a Fall Cleanup September 20 at the township building where people can dispose of items like tires, washing machines and more. That will run from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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