Tunkhannock Township supervisors were faced with a mandatory connection ordinance for the properties to be served by a sewer system around Lake Carey, but chose not to address it Monday night.
A resolution will need to be signed by both Tunkhannock’s supervisors and those of Lemon Township who also will be served by the proposed system as a guaranty ordinance to be able to qualify for PennVest monies to partially pay for the treatment system mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Secretary Judy Gingher said that if the Township were to consider passing the resolution it would need to be duly advertised.
Supervisors did hear more about concerns from citizens regarding a possible silica sand plant operation proposed to go in the southwest corner of the Rt. 6 bypass with Rt. 92, in a spot opposite Dunkin Donuts.
They acknowledged that they did not have any additional information from Northeast Aqua Marcellus regarding a timetable or plans.
Resident Jerry Beauchene asked the supervisors if he might read into the record a letter written by Dr. Sarah D. Brooks, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, to the Wyoming County Planning Commission.
The letter was a page and a half, but Brooks wrote: “In summary, the situation is this- Silica sands are a known danger. OSHA regulations will ensure a safe work environment through personal protection devices and filters. Because regulations are not in place for residents, citizens will be exposed to dangerous levels of pollution and some citizens will suffer serious health effects...”
Bill Chapla, Linda Sherman and Sue Barzilowski asked the supervisors to endorse the letter and protect the public health of the township’s people.
At the front end of the meeting, secretary Gingher read some bids that she and supervisor Glenn Shupp had opened earlier in the afternoon for work to be done on portions of March Road, Billings Mill Road, and a side portion of Sunnyside Road, American Asphalt and Pennsy Supply were the only bidders and the contract was awarded to American Asphalt for $61,632.
Gingher also noted that she had recently submitted a grant application to the Department of Community and Economic Development for a replacement of the Fox Road Bridge over the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek in the village of Bardwell. She said this was her third try for an assist of an old iron gate bridge, and Supervisor Randy White said, “Maybe the third time will be the charm.”
Supervisors also considered revising/updating its harzard mitigation plan so should a disaster occur it could be eligible for FEMa and PEMA monies.
They approved a preventative maintenance agreement with Northeast Signal regarding the traffic intersection at Dunkin Donuts. It costs $745 a year for labor and equipment and was approved.
In a discussion of a list of assessment changes for the county for the previous month, Gingher noted three increased, one decreased and 11 stayed the same.She noted there was one tax appeal of Tom Shreve on Hunting Lane in which the assessment was lowered by 60 percent,
There was discussion about the September meeting date as the first Monday of the month is the Labor Day holiday. They agreed to meet the following day - Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.