If you’re stopped down at the Lake Wallenpaupack’s only public beach lately, you may have noticed a colorful mural being created before your eyes to brighten the scene.

PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - If you’re stopped down at the Lake Wallenpaupack’s only public beach lately, you may have noticed a colorful mural being created before your eyes to brighten the scene. (It may in fact be complete by the time you read this.)

A long awaited mural project was approved August 15th, by the Palmyra Township Board of Supervisors. Melissa Dechellis, who owns and operates The Craft Room in Greentown, agreed to make the mural on the blank cinder-block wall of the storage building. This is next to the Concession Stand and faces the beach.

Tanya Cunningham, representing the Park & Recreation Board, introduced Ms. Dechellis, who showed the supervisors a sketch if what she was envisioning. Meeting the approval of the township officials was a picture showing a bald eagle, fireworks, a compass, the words “LAKE WALLENPAUPACK” and the four islands on the lake listed.

“It’s fun and easy to do,” Dechellis said.

Cunningham said they hoped to have it ready by Wally Lake Fest (Aug. 25-27). She said they’d like to gradually do more murals on other walls at the beach.

The project was suggested by Park & Rec about two years ago. Debra Waldron had considered the project, and graciously passed it on to Dechellis, Cunningham said.

In other “beach news,” Township Administrator Jo-Ann Rose sent a letter to Wallenpaupack Area School District about possibly restoring the $5,000 allocation for the beach expenses. The District makes use of the beach for their swimming program. Rose was waiting for a reply, as of that evening’s meeting.

Palmyra Township has owned and operated the public beach since the summer of 1958. The Township entered a lease purchase agreement with P.P. & L.(later, PPL), the utility that owned the lake at that time for hydroelectric purposes.

Also discussed:

Approval was given for Edward Engle of Sunset Harbor to build a three car garage rather than a two car garage. The Zoning Hearing Board approved a setback variance in 2013 but it wasn’t specific if it was a two or three car garage. Solicitor Anthony Waldron said the change makes the use “less non-conforming” to the zoning ordinance, and brings the structure no closer to Route 507. Candidates are being sought for an alternate to the three-member Zoning Hearing Board. The chairman, Jon Tandy, was temporarily unavailable to attend, and three possible zoning hearings may be scheduled, Rose said. While a quorum exists with the remaining two, an alternate was desired in the event of a tie vote or if one member had to be recused because of a conflict of interest. The other members are T. Scot Brown and Robert S. Schargel. PPL’s contractor for a power line upgrade that will involve crossing of Kimbles Road, provided a $250,000 bond and excess maintenance agreement, as requested. Waldron said that the bond covers possible truck damage for the entire length of Kimbles Road. Among matters being addressed by Code Enforcement Officer Jeff DeYoung, are unkept properties. One property owner in Cromwelltown has made substantial progress and getting rid of junk, but there are continuing issues with another property across the road. Maintenance Foreman Brian Mathews was given approval tomato use of a special third seal to have applied to Burns Road which is among several township roads being re-paved. The price is around $3,000. The “fog seal” will be added to the double seal coat and is expected to further protect the paving work on this heavily used, sloping road.

Palmyra Township supervisors meet on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the township building off Gumbletown Road.