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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Right of way for old street raises questions

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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - It has been a very long time since the Pennsylvania Coal Company (PCC) was a news maker in Palmyra Township Wayne County.
       This year, 2014, marks 129 years since the PCC operated its gravity railroad here, bringing coal to Hawley for further transport by canal or steam train. It was the PCC that mapped out Marble Hill's streets where the Irish immigrant laborers made their homes.
        During a brief meeting of the Palmyra Township Supervisors, August 4th, some residents of Marble Hill had questions about one of those old streets affecting them today.
       Dan Schariest of North Street inquired what part of Fairmont Avenue was vacated. He said that the road encroaches on his property.
       Supervisor Joe Kmetz noted that the streets had been laid out by the coal company. Solicitor Jeffrey Treat stated that the PCC laid it out originally. When a road was never accepted for dedication as a street, it goes back to the property owner but a right-of-way still exists. Those roads or portions of roads that never became dedicated as public streets are still on record as belonging to the PCC.
       A woman in the audience stated that they wanted to acquire the right-of-way and had been researching the deeds.
       Chairman Pete Steffen agreed to come and look over the section with Schariest. "It looks like a goat trail now," Shariest said.
    ••• Also discussed:
    • The Supervisors approved a $250 donation to Hawley Borough Police for the National Night Out barbeque, held August 5th.
    • During July, Hawley Fire Department responded to 16 calls, five which were in Palmyra Township.
    • PA Liquor Control Board sent a notice stating that a transfer of a liquor license had been received for John's General Store.
    • Zoning Officer Dennis Mynarski reported issuing one permit, for a deck on Welwood Avenue.
    • Mynarski investigated a complaint at 127 Grandview Avenue. He said that while the property was not a "Taj Mahal," there was nothing arising to justify condemnation. He said the owner related he would try and level up floor boards.
    The next Supervisors' meeting is on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the offices at 219 Oak Street, Marble Hill. This is a day later than normal due to the Labor Day holiday.
    Visit online at www.palmyrawayne.org or call the office at 570-226-6566 for information.

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