HAWLEY - Wallenpaupack Area Educational Support Personnel Association has made a donation for a new bulletproof vest, for the Hawley Police Department. Police Chief Daniel Drake, at the June 14th Council meeting, received the check from Lea Peoples, who represents the group.

In presenting the gift, she thanked the Borough Police for their service to the community and the many programs they do at the local schools.

Lea was back in familiar surroundings. She retired from Hawley Borough in December 2015, after 33 years. She worked as Borough Secretary since 1987.

Hawley Police are also planning to order new vests through a grant program. Drake said that they cost approximately $1,100 apiece. Council approved ordering three vests. Two would be covered by the grant. Councilwoman Christine Ferrara- Murray was also going to check with a local service organization about sponsoring one; Drake stated that the Police Department also has funds in a special account.

Vests have an expiration date when they are recommended to be replaced, after so many years.

Among other topics:

John Schock was approved to fill a vacancy on Borough Planning.

National Night Out is set for Tuesday evening, August 1st. Hawley Police and the Borough host a community barbecue in Bingham Park, near the bandstand. Material about crime prevention is distributed. The event has been growing in recent years, with special activities, including a dunk tank. The public is encouraged to attend.

Borough Planning Commission cancelled their meeting for that evening so the members could attend National Night Out.

Zoning Officer P. J. Dougherty received a complaint about the unkept condition of the former Barge nightclub property on lower Hudson Street. This included possible containments near the river, structural issues and other matters.  Councilman Mike Dougherty said he has heard nine complaints about the property, all who described the place as unsightly.

Solicitor Robert Bernathy advised that the Zoning Officer try asking the owner for permission to gain access in order to inspect the property.  The Zoning Officer will then bring a report, next month.

Queen of Peace Parish has asked to consolidate three parcels into one.

The annual flood levee gate drill was held June 8th. Hawley Fire Department practiced putting up the gate panels at the end of Church Street where the Eddy Bridge begins, between the two earthen levees. The barricade was also put up across the railroad tracks off Paupack Street, where flood waters could also get in.

Mayor Kevin Hawk said he plans to make monthly checks of the shed where the gate panels are kept, to be sure the lock and hinges are not rusty.

Deputy Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause offered to paint over the graffiti on the railroad barricade, if paint is provided.

Further storm water runoff problems on Cypress Street occurred over the winter. Wayne Conservation District assisted in obtaining a low volume road grant to pay to correct runoff issues seen before, that has been deteriorating the road. 

Councilwoman Michelle Rojas said that the District looked at the new issue, and suggested a solution using a “conveyer belt.” A buried plank would hold rubber flaps that would direct water from a private driveway so the flow would not miss the storm drain. Because the system would have to be installed past the borough’s right-of-way, the borough will be requesting  permission from the property owner to have it put in.

Trees and brush on a sand bar in the Middle Creek, near the railroad trestle, is expected to be cleared in time for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s flood levee inspection in July.

Council approved financing of a riding lawn mower needed to mow the parks and levee. The $7,800 cost will be split evenly between the borough’s General Fund account and Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission. A minimum bid of $1,000 is asked for the sale of the old mower.

Mayor Kevin Hawk performed six weddings in the past month.

The Regenski Trust agreement for the playground/ rest room project in Bingham Park was turned over to the borough.

A mid-year Budget Workshop was set for June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Road closures were approved for the ice cream social at the AMSkier garden on River Street between Main and Penn and the car show on Church Street between Main and Penn during Wally Lake Fest, August 26 (both events, 3 to 7 p.m.).

Road closures were approved for Hawley Harvest Hoe Down, Keystone Avenue from Main to Penn and Church Street from Main to Penn, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 14.

Deputy Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause asked the borough to take over responsibility for a private fire hydrant off Bellemonte Avenue. The hydrant is located at Eagle Heights at the Route 6 rock cut. The property, owned by John Dyson, includes three houses. The hydrant, however, was shut off. Council agreed to notify the Water Company that the borough will be taking it over.

There were reported that two people walking on the levee trail noticed snakes. The public was asked to be cautious.

Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue.