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Eaton Township is planning on a big birthday bash this summer.

Supervisors Ken White and Paul Rowker announced last Tuesday (March 7) that they have a steering committee of residents that has been busily planning a bicentennial celebration for July 15.

When still a part of Luzerne County, the township was carved out of Tunkhannock Township in 1817, and has been growing ever since.

In July the celebration is calling for a community cookout, kids games, wagon rides, historical craft demonstrations, self-guided historical tours, live music, a walk/run event, mementoes and shuttle service. And, much, much more.

Township secretary Brenda Novak said the organizers are looking for individuals who are 90 or older as on July 15, to designate them as ‘Pioneers’ and possibly get them to share their memories of growing up in the area, or whatever their experience has been with Eaton Township.

White said the organizing committee was meeting again on March 13, to hammer out a few more details about the special event, and will continue to meet fairly regularly.

During the business meeting, Novak noted that a Liquid Fuels allotment check had been received, and it was about $4,000 more than the supervisors had budgeted for.

The supervisors did sign a salt contract for 2017-18 for 120 tons through the Co-Stars program.

Eaton was also looking into purchasing 70,000 gallons of oil and 55,000 gallons of calcium in a joint buy with Monroe and Northmoreland townships.

There was discussion about a Cleanup Day, with an emphasis on collecting electronics.

Rowker said he weould be looking into the matter further.

At their February meeting the supervisors had begun looking into the possibility of compensating the volunteers who serve on the township’s Zoning Hearing Board.

Although Randy Ehrenzeller was away in Hawaii on vacation, according to White, Rowker and Wjite voted that ZHB members be compensated $25 for each zoning hearing attended.

The supervisors spoke of their concern that all of the recently released flood buyout money seemed to be going to Meshoppen Borough, based on an announcement by the Wyoming County commissioners earlier in the day. They said that if the eligible properties in Meshoppen didn’t take the buyout, there was a possibility that flood properties in other municipalities might be considered, but the decision was left up to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

In answer to a question from the public about possible new businesses coming to Eaton Township, White said Taco Bell was considering a move to the area last year but pulled back after the property it was interested in building on could only be leased, which it wasn’t interested in.

White and Rowker said they also had not heard of any interest from Aldi to move into the township.

White said he was excited that the WalMart Supercenter recently announced it was undergoing a substantial remodel on its interior, and was expecting to hire around 50 new associates.

“Anytime you get that many new employees, it’s a good thing,” White said.