Wyoming County Commissioners continue to get input about the Roadside Rest off of Route 29 in Eaton Township.
A once popular stopping spot for a picnic or fishing in Bowmans Creek has fallen on hard times, and previous commissioners have met with PennDOT only to learn they don’t have around-the-clock personnel available for monitoring and maintenance.
Eaton Township supervisors had scheduled their own public session for input at the end of October, but Commissioner Chair Rick Wilbur said he’d like to cast the net wider to see what the public’s interest might be and if there might be a nonprofit group that might like to offer a steady hand at oversight.
To that end, the commissioners have scheduled a public meeting for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Gathering Place located near the Sunnyside ballfields. Masks and social distancing will be required, and Wilbur said that all interested parties and interested agencies that might have a creative solution to what’s been a thorny issue would be most welcome.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners noted they would be attending their weekly Recovery Task Force meeting via Zoom on Thursday with representatives of EMA and Tyler Memorial Hospital as well as Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, representatives of Tunkhannock Area and Lackawanna Trail school districts to address any pressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Boback participated in the commissioners meeting to add her thanks to their county proclamation of Oct. 18-24 as National Business Women’s Week. She said she would be adding a state proclamation acknowledging women’s contribution to the workforce.
After Commissioner Tom Henry read the local proclamation, TBPW president Julianne Miller thanked the commissioners for their support, and noted the group this year was advocating peaceful solutions in addressing community problems. She was joined indoors by Elaine Walker and then a couple more women joined the commissioners for a proclamation picture on the courthouse lawn.
The commissioners signed off on some contracts for children and youth services and acknowledged having given out 155 out of 169 signed contracts for grants they had approved.
They also issued a reminder of a call for fifth graders in the county’s schools soliciting art with a drug-free message of the student’s choice. Contributions are needed by Oct. 30, and those who have questions could call Commissioner Ernie King at 570-996-2229 between Monday and Friday.
Wyoming County 911 Director Jeff Porter was on hand Tuesday to discuss a new drone aerial imagery program to which the commissioners voted to expend $1500 for a new license to help them as they attempt to reach hard-to-access areas.
Commissioners also voted a letter of support to EIO Waste Solutions & Recycling for a satellite transfer station for recycling in Monroe Township.