Little Walker Road, Downtown
Shohola Paving Advertised
SHOHOLA — Township supervisors continue to prioritize road repaving, repairs, and upgrades. At last week's regular meeting, Shohola supervisors approved advertising for paving bids for two sections of Little Walker Road.
Both sections are between Twin Cedars Senior Living Complex and Route 6. Supervisors also approved advertising repaving a section of downtown Shohola, from the tennis courts to the middle of downtown.
Supervisors also applied for a grant to upgrade the dirt sections of Little Walker Road and Parkers Glen Road. Pennsylvania offers municipalities annual grants under the state's Dirt and Gravel Road program, which is not part of the state's annual Liquid Fuels allocation (used by municipalities to fund local road rebuilding and maintenance.)
Resident MaryAnn Yeaw questioned supervisors about what they are doing to deter drivers of overweight trucks from using Little Walker Road, which has a 10-ton weight limit.
Supervisor Chairman Greg Hoeper said, "If a 20-ton garbage truck is on that road, or a well-drilling truck, or a delivery truck, we can't stop it." Supervisor George C. Fluhr said that the township must allow drivers of trucks providing essential services, such as garbage removal, well drilling and delivery.
Fluhr said after the meeting, "If someone abuses the weight limit, we have to have someone there to see it to do something about it. We just don't have the staffing to have someone on the roads all day."
Yeaw said, "Aren't there permit regulations [for heavy trucks using the road]?" Hoeper replied, "Not for well drilling or garbage trucks. It would cost us millions of dollars to get a perfect road [that can accommodate heavier traffic]." Yeaw asked why supervisors don't apply for additional grants for road upgrades. Township Secretary/Treasurer Diana Blume, who is the township administration's grant writer said, "We are applying for grants." The township has obtained state grants for dirt roads, such as Parkers Glen, in recent years. She noted that grant writing is not a slam-dunk. It can be challenging.
For example, Blume said that though the township Fire Dept. is a separately incorporated entity not formally part of the township administration, it ran into an unexpected roadblock.
About a year ago, the department asked their bank to provide financial information that the Fire Dept. needed for a state grant application for a building repair.
Shohola Fire Dept. President Brad Dellert said at the meeting that a mistake submitted disqualified the application for two grant cycles (spanning two years). The department can reapply this fall for next year's state grant cycle. Blume noted that the department discussed putting its financing into another bank... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Township Spring Cleaning
Includes Park, Beachfront
DINGMANS FERRY — During the April 12th meeting, Delaware Township Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of various materials to repair public properties around the township including Akenac Park, Akenac beachfront, the playground and the township building.
Local Boy Scout Troop 174 will be repairing the Akenac Park Recreational facility. The Township is providing the materials to redo the flooring in the building. The Dingman Delaware Little League petitioned the Board for assistance concerning rising field maintenance costs at last month's meeting. Their request was approved and the Board will purchase 42 tons of clay to refinish the fields.
The Board is still revising the Delaware Township Employee Handbook to encompass hiring CDL drivers. The guidelines would establish how CDL drivers are hired, what hourly wages are set, training and possibly reimbursing employees for CDL certification, etc.
The 4H club has been approved to use Akenac Park for the fishing and archery club from mid-June to mid-August.
Local Girl Scout Camp Hidden Falls is in the process of being sold to The Conservation Fund. The camp is 1,000 acres; however, it is primarily located in Lehman Township, with only 315 acres in Delaware Township. The Conservation Fund is an environmental group that has successfully preserved forests across the U.S. They plan on purchasing the camp and transferring it to the National Park Service.
Gambetta Ballet is considering holding a Jazz Festival at Akenac Park on June 17th. Details are still being worked out, including a possible rain date.
The next council meeting will be the 26th of April.
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