Tunkhannock Township supervisors who last month decided to reopen a discussion about possibly getting zoning approved in the township, voted Monday night to do an about face.
Before approving the previous month’s meeting minutes, supervisor Randy White who was not at the July meeting, asked fellow supervisors Glenn Shupp and Hoyt Keiser, why the matter would be brought up when he was absent?
Keiser said he raised the matter to see if there was an appetite to pursue zoning.
White said, “We have talked this thing to death, and people have voiced their opinion. Frankly, I can’t see us spending any more money on this. We’ve beat this dead horse enough.”
Keiser said, “Well, if we don’t have all three supervisors together on this, as far as I’m concerned, it is a dead issue.”
Resident Jerry Beauchene, who sat on a township planning commission which looked into the matter last year, said, “People I’ve talked to want it.”
White said he was concerned about litigation. “I don’t want to put the township’s finances through that.”
Resident Bill Chapla said he came to the meetings last year seeking information, “and we did not have a pre-set agenda.”
He said he was never able to get a logical reason about why zoning might be considered a bad idea. “We just kept getting told over and over, ‘We don’t want it.’”
White said he had a fiduciary responsibility to take care of the township’s money, and that was frankly the end of it.
White said he also took issue with the fact that in July the supervisors approved a new personnel hiring policy that was more restrictive than the present one. He asked what prompted it.
He was told that solicitor Paul Litwin had recommended it to be in line with PSATS policy.
White then said he was okay with the minutes, and just wanted to have his say.
In the road report, roadmaster Ken White reported a busy season, with Hilltop and Maple Lane now done. Overlook Drive and a portion of German Hill Road were to be worked on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Lane Hill Road is completely done with line painting to come. Some grading of Whipporwill Hollow started last week, but the rains interfered. An order of cold patch for potholes was shared with Eaton Twp. Also, there was an issue with blockage of pipes under Stark Road, that Mountain Energy was going to assist in getting them cleared out.
In the Lazybrook Park report, Judy Gingher reported receiving $1,235 from the antique machinery show. She noted that Interfaith was going to be having a Benefit Day of Sharing on Aug. 18 and Williams would be having its annual barbecue competition there on Sept. 14. She also noted requests were being made for a few remaining Sundays that the park would be available for pavilion rentals.
In other business, the supervisors agreed to make a $1,000 donation to the Tunkhannock Baseball Association to support the softball girls in their World Series quest that begins Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.
The supervisors were notified that Southwestern, Chief and Cabot all were seeking to withdraw water from the Tunkhannock Creek to support gas drilling activity.
They also were notified that an application to the state Department of Environmental Protection had been made to Aqua America for upgrades to the wastewater treatment system that serves Rivercrest and Highfields.
Gingher announced that the county association of township officials would be having its fall convention at Triton Hose Company on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a deadline of Aug. 31 to sign up for the dinner.
The supervisors noted that the usual first Monday meeting of the month in September would be the Labor Day holiday and they moved that month’s meeting to the next night, Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.