A mostly routine Eaton Township supervisors meeting had police protection on its agenda last Tuesday (Feb. 6), with Supervisor Ken White noting he had spoken with Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Ed Morristell.
White said that Chief Morristell could help the township explore its police protection needs, and perhaps he could set up a meeting with all three supervisors.
Eaton Township has had police protection provided by the Pennsylvania State Police but last June when the shooting occurred at Weis Markets when a late night employee shot and killed three co-workers and then turned the gun on himself, supervisors have been mulling the idea of regular police protection beyond what the state police are available to provide.
In the Weis incident June 8, Tunkhannock Township Patrolman Stephen Williams and Tunkhannock Borough Patrolman Dustin Cokely were the first policemen to arrive on the scene.
Officer Cokely attended a subsequent Eaton Township meeting not to talk about future police coverage, but to receive the Eaton supervisors’ thanks for performing a tough task in a professional manner.
Also last Tuesday, the Eaton supervisors which had been talking about a municipal website since its 200th anniversary last July, decided to table the discussion of creating a new website for now.
The supervisors did, however, talk about having a work session among themselves on March 29 to talk about cybersecurity matters and a website discussion may re-emerge then.
Secretary Brenda Novak said that the township’s insurance was up for renewal May 6, and supervisors Paul Rowker and Abe Kukuchka said that some local entities have expressed interest in bidding on a contract.
The supervisors signed off on a millage certification with 0.75 mills for fire coverage with Triton, and 5.23 for the township, which represented no change from previous years.
New supervisor Kukuchka signed a bank signature card for the township’s accounts with PSBank. He succeeded Randy Ehrenzeller last month.
The supervisors also entered into a CPA engagement letter with Gnader Jones to audit the 2017 books, and also to enter into the COSTARS program for contracting for salt and other aggregates for the 2018-19 year.
Rowker said he had spoken with Chas Mead about a zoning map update that addressed some flood plain changes in the wake of the 2011 flooding.
The subject of Aldi’s came up, with the supervisors suggesting there could be an issue with traffic flow and traffic lights with concerns forwarded to the township’s planning commission.
A conditional use hearing regarding Aldi’s before the Eaton supervisors is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the township building at 1331 Hunter Highway.
Developers hope to build a 19,054-square-foot Aldi Food Market in the old WalMart patking lot.
At a hearing late last year, developers said they were hopeful of having the store in operation by the spring of 2019.