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Issue 17 — Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Stocking Stuffer
By Kenneth Books

DINGMANS FERRY — Delaware Township Supervisors gave local taxpayers an early – and tiny – Christmas present at their Wednesday, Nov. 18, meeting – a one-fourth-mill tax decrease.

The announcement came as part of a discussion with resident Jane Neufeld over the 2016 budget process. Neufeld recommended that the supervisors schedule a mid-year budget workshop “so residents can see how spending is going.” She also recommended that budget workshops be held in September and October rather than the usual November schedule.

“It would serve officials well to have a lot more communication,” she said.

Earlier workshops, she said, would help because “hard choices about spending need to be taken with greater attention. You may find that people are willing to not have something because they want to have more money in their pockets.”

The tax reduction means an owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $25 less in 2016 than in 2015. The current Delaware Township tax rate is 12.93 mills.

The 2016 budget is available for inspection at the township office at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Charges Reduced In Dimmick Inn Brawl

MILFORD — Aggravated assault charges were dropped against three Milford men accused of injuring a man during an incident at the Dimmick Inn on Feb. 15.

On April 28, Gregory J. Martucci, 44, Timothy Reilly, 47, and John Jorgenson, 45, were charged with punching and kicking the victim.

After preliminary hearings in the district court of Magistrate Debi Fischer, remaining charges against all three men of simple assault and disorderly conduct, misdemeanors, and harassment, a summary offense, were bound over to the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance

MILFORD — On December 7, the Marsch-Kellogg Post 139 will be hosting a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony at Pike County Soldiers & Sailors Monument on Broad and High Streets in Milford.

There will be a 10:30 a.m. assembly and an 11 a.m. start.

Opening Prayer: Chaplain Joe Ryder
Opening Remarks: Cmd. Rich Diaz Post 139
Flag Raising/Salute to Colors: Jack Coughlin Post 139
Pledge Of Allegiance: Tom Kennedy, Judge Advocate, American Legion
Keynote Speaker: Tom Cardinale USN Retire
Presentation of Remembrance Wreath: VFW/Marine Corps League (also at the River Ceremony)
Sounding of Taps: Marine Corps League
Closing Prayer: John Kupillas VFW Chaplain
Musical Selcetion Bagpipes: Bill Deveraux Post 139 E-Bd
Retire to River Ceremony: VFW Marine Corps League, VVA guests.

L’waxen Gets Update On Recovery Of Missing Funds

LACKAWAXEN — In response to public questions, Township Supervisor Bob Cocchi gave an update on the pending $222,242 embezzlement (of township funds) case against former Lackawaxen Township Secretary-Treasurer Shawn Roe. Cocchi fielded questions at last week’s regular township meeting, which was held at the township building on Urban Road.

The Commonwealth versus Shawn Roe case, brought by Pennsylvania State Police, is prosecuted by Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin’s office. The case is in the discovery process, according to Roe’s attorney, Michael Weinstein. He said that following discovery the judge would set a trial date at the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.

Meanwhile, Cocchi reported that the township bonding company agreed to reimburse the township for $210,000 of the missing $222,242. The company also agreed to reimburse $23,500 for the auditing services bill. The bonding company did not agree to reimburse the township solicitor’s legal services bill.

Cocchi noted that the township is continuing to negotiate to recover all of the lost money from the bonding company. The bonding company would go seek restitution from Roe... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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