PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Recycling is very important in Palmyra Township, Pike County. Not only do they host public recycling for township residents, they are not letting material from their old parking lot go to waste either.

Maintenance Foreman Brian Mathews said at the Tuesday, Sept. 19th supervisors’ meeting that he’d like to get prices from contractors to take the big pile of asphalt taken from their lot and apply it to Old Greentown Road.

He said that the milled asphalt has been ground up well, and talk around 200 truck loads. This would cost around $50,000 if they were to go out and by modified road material, he said.

They are in the midst of having the township office parking lot repaved, and at the time of the meeting the lot was down to its base.

Following the blacktopping season, he said he’d like to have the old asphalt re-used. He said it would cover most of Old Greentown Road where it is needed. Part of the road is in better condition.

The lot was about to be paved. There was a question about how to accommodate the tax collector, Maria Coutts, who had office hours at the township office that Friday, which was listed on the tax bills. “We’ll make it work,” Mathews said.

New zoning/code officer

The Township has secured SFM Consulting LLC, for zoning and code enforcement functions. Michael Manter, Associate with SFM, is assigned to Palmyra Township. Solicitor Anthony Waldron went over five code enforcement matters carried over from when Jeff DeYoung was serving the Township in this capacity. 
Master will have office hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 10 a.m.

Kimbles Road is holding up well, Matthews said, although it is being heavily used with the current PPL line upgrade project. The contractor is hauling rock and machinery on the road. Kimbles Road was re-paved within the last few years, following a previous power line project that did considerable damage to the road surface. A bond agreement was in place, as it is now, to cover restoration to the road.

George Hunter inquired if the township could assist him in having is TV set recycled. The Township hosted electronic recycling this past June when they had their annual Cleanup Day.  Administrator Jo-Ann Rose said it was costly for the Township, but many people took advantage of it to get rid of their unwanted electronics.
Hunter hoped a chain retailer in Pennsylvania that sells electronics would buy the old TV back, but he said they won’t take it. Coutts suggested that State Rep. Mike Peifer be contacted to clarify what the state law says about whether retailers are allowed to recycle electronics and charge the customer. Hunter said he may try one of the same retailer’s stores in New Jersey when he visits there.

Pike County’s township association is having their annual convention at the Inn at Lackawaxen, on October 6.

Jill Porter expressed interest in the open Township Historian position. Porter and the late Donal Coutts (who last served as Historian) started the Palmyra Township Historical Society, which became the Wallenpaupack Historical Society. Rose said that a second person may be interested in the volunteer Historian position as well.

The bins are full of salt, Mathews reported- ready for winter road treatment.

Before PennDOT will issue a highway occupancy permit for the Pinecrest Marina boat storage property on Route 507, the supervisors had to clarify the township’s culpability regarding stormwater’s impact. Mitch Jacobs of Kiley Associates, the township’s engineering firm, related that it was PennDOT’s position that if the township was not a co-applicant, then 100% of the stormwater must be retained on site.

Attorney Waldron, who represents Pinecrest Marina’s (Sam Shahar) owner in this matter, advised that retaining all of the water was physically impossible, so the alternative would be to have a hold-harmless agreement. Alternate Solicitor Tony Magnotta, representing the Township, agreed. Supervisor Ken Coutts stated that it was the supervisors’ policy not serve as the co-applicant.

Jacobs said that two inlets would be installed to take storm water off the property. Anything within the PennDOT right-of-way would be the responsibility of the township.

The township is not permitting the pipes paralleling 507, but only the connection at the inlets. Courts expressed concern that if the grate failed after 20 years, the township could be held liable if someone walked on it and was fell in.

The supervisors agreed to an indemnification/ hold-harmless agreement, protecting the Township from culpability.
The Palmyra Township Board of Supervisors meets on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the offices off of Gumbletown Road.