MILFORD - Pike County Commissioners presented another $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Pike County, PA, at their May 6th meeting.
   Habitat volunteer Mike Donjon graciously accepted the contribution, and reported on the non-profit organization’s steady progress.
   He said that they are working now on their 22nd house in Pike County.
   Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian Housing Ministry. As explained on their web site, HFH seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner/partner families. These houses are then sold to partner families at no profit with affordable, no interest loans.
   A yard sale benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Pike County is planned for July 4th starting at 8 a.m., at the Habitat shed at Fisher Lane and Route 2001, Dingman Township (just south of Milford). Donjon said this is their fifth annual yard sale, and it is very successful. He said last year they raised $9,000.
   For information, contact Habitat at 570-828-1623 or visit www.hfhpc.org.

••• Courthouse expansion

   At the April 21st Commissioners’ Conference, the Solicitor was authorized to send a letter to Milford Borough Solicitor Anthony Waldron outlining the proposed property conveyances and easements between the Borough and the County. This is in preparation fir the Courthouse Expansion Project.
   Commissioners Richard Caridi and Matthew Osterberg met with Milford Council members Doug Jacobs, Nick May and Joe Casmus at the conference meeting to discuss the matter, proposed by Borough Council.
   A letter from Solicitor Waldron to the Commissioners dated April 22nd outlined the agreement requested by the Borough. This agreement was made to allow the County to build the annex on Peach Alley, behind the Kenworthy House, and to be able to utilize the lawn area in front of the present courthouse for the septic.
   According to the proposed agreement:
   The Borough agrees to deed to the County the area in front of the Courthouse, and to file a petition to vacate the alley.
  The Borough will convey storm water, sewer water and other utility easements on Gooseberry Alley for the project.
   The Borough agrees to send a letter to Milford Zoning Hearing Board recommending approval of the variances the County is asking. Waldron noted that most of these variances are simply set-black requirements to save the Kenworthy building.
  In exchange, the Sheriff’s Building will be deeded to the Borough, with the area behind it which includes the septic system. It will not include ant county parking area adjacent to the building.
   The deeds and easements will be exchanged simultaneously.
   The County will continue to lease the Sheriff’s Building for a period of up to one year, at no cost, after the certificate of occupancy is issued for the courthouse addition.
   Lastly, the County will lose to the Borough, rent free, for a period of 10 years, with a right to renew, one of the existing outbuildings on the PennDOT Bennett Avenue property once the County assumes ownership of the same. The Borough will maintain, and assume all other expenses incurred in using said building. The Borough will obtain adequate liability and property damage insurance and name the County as co-insured therein. The Borough can terminate the lease at any time. The County can terminate the lease if it sells the premises, or any part of the building.
   Once all parties are satisfied, Borough Council will approve the execution of the agreement at a meeting. The County will then execute the agreement.

••• Wills for Heroes

• Kelly Gaughan, Esq. and Elizabeth Erickson Kameen were present representing the Pike County Bar Association. They discussed “Wills for Heroes,” a program the Bar Association hosts. This free and easy service provides wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners, all sworn personnel and Pennsylvania military veterans. Lawyers in the Association were volunteering their time and services for the event, held May 9th at the Pike County Training Facility.
• Kevin DeVizia and Jessica Grohman discussed the popular Geocaching activity promoted in Pike County,
• Warden Craig Lowe has hired the following full-time Correctional Officers for the Correctional Facility: Isaac Dexter, Laurence Maslin and Scott Roberts.
• Larry Miller was promoted from Caseworker 1 to Caseworker 2 for Children & Youth Services.
• At the April 23rd Commissioners’ Conference, approval was given to the District Attorney to advertise for an additional detective to be used for investigating drug trafficking and enforcement.
• At the April 29th Commissioners’ Conference, a bid was accepted for the Kimbles Road Bridge emergency repairs. The bid, from Pioneer Construction Company, totaled $154,105.70.
The Pike County Commissioners meet on the first and third Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Administration Building on Broad Street in Milford.