GREENE TOWNSHIP - “There was a big call for an ambulance this morning,” reported Jerry Obert at the August 2nd Greene Township supervisors' meeting. “A 26 year old girl had cut her wrist and was locked in the bathroom.”
“Promised Land Ambulance was called but they didn't have a crew at 5:05 a.m. Tafton ambulance was called but they were already on a call. Newfoundland Ambulance was called and was responding at 5:35 a.m. Hemlock Farms was also called but was cancelled when Newfoundland was responding.”
“The communication center is waiting too long before they tone out the next ambulance. This is the whole problem,” Obert concluded.
“The communication center will not call both Tafton Ambulance and another company at the same time,” supervisor Gary Carlton indicated.
Paid ambulance crew
“Tafton has a crew because they have a paid crew,” supervisor MaryAnn Hubbard said. “They would have been much quicker to respond if they weren't on a call.”
“Promised Land Ambulance currently has difficulty getting an ambulance crew,” chair Ed Simon noted.
The supervisors agreed to write a letter to the communication center indicating that for the calls in the Promised Land area, Tafton Ambulance should be called first, Newfoundland Ambulance second, and Promised Land third.
“This decision is to save people's lives; nothing else is more important,” stated Hubbard.
“Residents on Breezewood Drive in Sky View Lake complained at the May supervisors' meeting about soapy water coming out of a drain at night,” Carlton said.
“The owner has indicated that the water coming from the drain was coming from a sump pump,” Don Nicholson, Sewage Enforcement Officer, reported. “The area was dry the 10 times when I visited.”
“Could there be discharge of gray water through the sump pump?,” questioned Carlton. “Why not test the soil? Penn State does soil testing at a cost of $8. They will give a complete read out on the soil.”
“Get a water sample or soil sample from the area of discharge and get the soil tested through Penn State,” recommended Solicitor Jeffrey Treat. “Penn State has a great laboratory.”
The supervisors agreed to follow up with a soil sample to verify the contents of the sump pump discharge.
The Greene Township supervisors meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the municipal offices on Brink Hill Road, Greentown.