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Residents of Mehoopany Township are cautioned to be wary of anyone showing up at their residence, offering to provide paving at a bargain price.

Mehoopany Township Supervisor George Kavaliauskas reported at the supervisors’ meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10, that a person recently showed up at his door, offering to blacktop his driveway.

Kavaliauskas said the man informed him his name was Mike Young, and he was from Milton, and he had a load of asphalt left over from a paving job recently performed in the area. Young told him he would used the asphalt to pave his driveway at a bargain price, Kavaliauskas said, but he turned it down because he was “very, very leery” of the proposal.

Meshoppen Police Chief John Kreig, who attended the meeting, later explained that he gets complaints about such proposals from spring to fall every year. The situation is almost always a scam, in which the person doing the job only puts down a very thin layer of asphalt on the driveway or other area being paved. Although it looks good initially, the asphalt breaks down very quickly, leaving the property owner with a massive repair job. The chief recommended that if someone does want paving done in such circumstances, they should watch the work being performed from start to finish to make certain they are not being cheated.

Kavaliauskas also informed supervisors Bill Henning and Ron Visneski that Bill Faux of New Enterprise Stone and Lime had contacted him about the roadwork being performed on the section of state Route 87 which is now closed for repairs. Faux said they hope to have the road open for traffic by Aug. 24 in time for when school buses start transporting students back to classes. However, Kavaliauskas said that Faux could not guarantee this would occur.

Henning said that School House Road is still being used as an alternative route while the work on Route 87 continues. He said some residents along School House Road have been complaining because of the increased traffic patterns and some people driving too fast, but there’s not much the supervisors can do under the circumstances. He did recommend they ask the police chief to continue to monitor School House Road to keep things under control.

In the police report, Henning said that in July there was one response for a theft of more than $200 from a building. Other incidents included one call for harassment; one call for trespassing of real property; one alarm; one call for dumping; one animal call; one traffic/parking problem; one assist for an ambulance; and one local criminal warrant. Five traffic citations and eight warnings were issued.

The supervisors voted to purchase a 550 Ford 2017 truck from New Holland Auto Group and have it outfitted with a plow, cinder spreader and tool box by Powell Equipment at a total cost of $71,359. The new vehicle will replace a 17-year-old truck now being used by the township for maintenance.

The supervisors also voted to award a contract to Browns Farms of Tunkhannock to provide cinders at a cost of $17.75 per yard delivered.