A student summer lunch program is being considered for this summer, run by Wallenpaupack Area School District. Hawley Council President Ann Monaghan, who works at the high school, discussed it at the last Borough Parks & Recreation Commission meeting.

HAWLEY - A student summer lunch program is being considered for this summer, run by Wallenpaupack Area School District. Hawley Council President Ann Monaghan, who works at the high school, discussed it at the last Borough Parks & Recreation Commission meeting. The proposal is to have the hot lunches distributed at the bandstand in Bingham Park.

At the council meeting, May 8, she said that she expected that the School District Food Services Manager, Brenda Zeiler, would bring more information to the council meeting set for June 12.

Zeiler told The News Eagle that the program, as proposed, is still pending approval from the PA Department of Education. Many details have to be worked out. The concept, she said, is to help ensure that the students continue to have a balanced, nutritious meal when school is not in session for the summer. It would be made available probably Monday through Friday.

Council discussed moving the school lunch distribution to the Borough Hall when the weather is not satisfactory to have it in the park.

Zeiler said that she previously ran a summer lunch program, but it was held at the school. The idea of having it at the park, near the playgrounds, is this is where many children gather.

Monaghan told Council that the School District would provide the food, labor and cleanup, and the program would be paid through a federal grant. The borough would not have to pay anything.

Solicitor Bernathy will take the matter under review and issue a recommendation to Council.

Former Avery garage

John C. Dyson Jr. came before council to ask permission to have a sewer line laid along a borough right-of-way, from Fern Street to his building on Bellemonte Avenue (Route 6) directly across from the Hawley Silk Mill entrance.

The right-of-way is a “paper street” found on old maps but was never developed. It is between two parcels owned by Lynne Mayer. Dyson’s surveyor, Dennis Stinton of Kiley Associates, stressed to borough solicitor Robert Bernathy that the right-of-way does not cross private property.

Bernathy stated that Dyson’s request placed the “cart before the horse.” He said that a conditional use hearing would be needed first, to determine if the proposed use was acceptable in the zoning district. That would drive the size of the sewer line, the attorney said.

The wood frame building was an Avery bus garage for several decades. Dyson has been renovating it. He said he wants to move in there; the downstairs, he said, would be good for storage or a business. Ultimately, he said he would look at making apartments upstairs.

Zoning Officer P.J.Dougherty said that the building is grandfathered under zoning, and a multi-family residence is permitted in the C-1 zone but needs a conditional use permit.

Also discussed:

Council Vice-president Eliane Herzog reported that Commonwealth Health answered 43 ambulance calls in Hawley last month. Commonwealth Health has been in discussing with Wayne County Commissioners on the need for ambulance service for the entire region. They are discussing continuation of service to Hawley, while based at the Lakeville fire station. She advised reaching out to Tafton Fire Company which was designated as the secondary ambulance provider for the borough.

Hawley Fire Department had 15 calls in April.

Monaghan, who is also liaison to the Hawley Area Authority sewer board, said the Authority is starting strict enforcement of seriously delinquent accounts, by having the wastewater connection shut off. Deputy Fire Chief Eugene E. Krause noted this was evident, from the many green markings on Church Street, made by the Authority. “It’s amazing how many people have called to make arrangements [to pay].” Monaghan said, “… a little paint goes a long way to get your bills paid.”

Zoning Officer Dougherty said he issued a sign permit for Sylvania Club, 215 Main Avenue.

Police Chief Daniel Drake was approved to hire two officers to succeed two who need to resign due to their other employment.

Paving of Penn Avenue, Barker Street and two thirds of Wayne Avenue was expected to begin the week of May 13. Leeward received the contract last year.

Council discussed the need to replace the pedestrian crosswalk signs. Deputy Fire Chief Krause asked if the signs were insured by the borough. He cautioned that there have been numerous wide loads passing through town due to the lane restrictions on Interstate 84, which can easily knock into the signs. As many as six signs need to be replaced.

Vets invited to march

Reminder: The Memorial Day Parade is set for Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. with lineup an hour earlier. Veterans of various eras are invited to march (or ride) in the parade, by divisions. For more information contact Borough Administrator Andrea Racht at 570-226-9545.

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