Hawley Public Library officials thanked the Palmyra Township (Pike) Supervisors for their $1,500 donation, November 8th, noting that 15% of their library card holders are Palmyra residents.

PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Hawley Public Library officials thanked the Palmyra Township (Pike) Supervisors for their $1,500 donation, November 8th, noting that 15% of their library card holders are Palmyra residents.

Margot Clauss, President of the Hawley Library Association, said that this donation is “very substantial” and needed to help keep the nonprofit library operating.

Present were Scott Beilman and Amanda Porter Schmalzle, who along with Clauss are on the Library board of directors and are residents of Palmyra-Pike. Mary Anne Teeter, Library board member and Library Director Deb Corcoran also represented the Hawley Public Library at the meeting. The Township solicitor, Anthony Waldron, who attends the supervisors’ meeting regularly, is also on the Library’s board of directors.

“We are here to thank you for your very generous donation of $1,500 to the Library,” she said. “That is very important to us, as you know all non-profits are in a situation that is very tight. In recent years we have had to… cut back our hours.”

Of their 8,442 registered borrowers, 1,247 are from Palmyra Township-Pike, or 15%, she noted.

Lackawaxen Township, which also borders Hawley Borough on the Pike County side, has 1,915 card holders at the Hawley Library, which makes up 23%.

Teeter stated that they hope that Palmyra’s donation will inspire other townships in Pike County to give similar support.

Hawley Public Library offers many public services, all free of charge. Some of them include homework tutors, computer lessons for adults, employment services, outreach to schools and day cares, school visits at the library, parent/child/caregiver workshops, Adult Literacy tutoring, online research, a community room and more.

Also discussed:

A closing on the sale of the former Paupack Consolidated School is expected at the November 21st supervisors’ meeting. The buyer, Ray Milora, wants to do a title search and is not planning to mortgage the property. Milora has stated his intentions to keep the historic school facility, and renovate it for rental artist lofts. The two-room school operated from 1925 to 1988. In 2001, the Wallenpaupack Area School District sold the school to the Township. The supervisors were invited by the County Commissioners to be part of the new county drug task force. Supervisor Ken Coutts offered to attend the initial meeting, November 15 at 10 a.m. at the Pike County Training Center. A letter of intent was approved, for the county to conduct a study, to analyze/assess Pike County municipal needs for regionalized ALS and BLS emergency medical services. The study would be done through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). Brian T. Kelly, CPA & Associates was approved to again conduct the annual township audit. The supervisors expect on Nov. 21, to approve having the proposed budget advertised for public review. Adoption would take place at the Dec. 19 meeting. Pocono Gas Station Inc. has come into compliance with township regulations, said solicitor Waldron. A non-permitted trailer and tires have been removed from their property on Route 6. Maintenance Foreman Brian Mathews said that in the last month or so of the beach season, the lights in the concession stand and restrooms had to be left on. The ceiling has been falling down and needs repair, for the spring. Mathews had a price quote of about $1,370 to replace the lights with energy-efficient lighting with motion sensors.

Coutts explained that the fluorescent light fixtures have become so brittle that they had trouble putting on the lights.

The Palmyra Township Supervisors meet on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at the offices off Gumbletown Road.