Tunkhannock Township supervisors got a thumbs up Monday (March 4) on the audit of the township’s 2018 books.
Eric Davis of Gnader Jones was present and noted he had completed an audit over the winter of the township’s revenues and expenditures.
“For the fourth straight year, there are no issues with internal controls,” he said.
Davis gave a 3-year summary with lots of interesting tidbits but a bottom line was that there were “no red flags” with how money was received and spent.
On the up side for revenues were an increase ($12,000) in earned income taxes representing more employees in the township; an increase ($12,000) in real estate taxes representing a rise in delinquent tax collections; an increase ($11,000) in liquid fuel allocation; and an increase ($6,000) in impact fee allocation.
On the up side for expenditures was $117,000 more for police coverage representing $63,000 more in wages, a $40,000 new vehicle purchase and benefits also were up. The township also spent $9,000 more for insurance with premiums up and cybersecurity coverage added.
The supervisors spoke to a special Feb. 28 meeting to inform those residents newly listed as being in a flood plain based on Federal Emergency Management Agency food maps issued. At that meeting, the county’s Chas Mead showed a map along the Susquehanna River corridor which reflected new and old areas prone to flooding, according to FEMA.
On Monday, Roadmaster Ken White announced that two dirt and gravel road grants would be sought from the conservation district.
In the Lazybrook Park report, secretary Judy Gingher noted that calls were coming in for reservations of pavilions; she also said that she had received word that the Cornstock Festival which typically took place Labor Day weekend would not be happening this year.
Supervisor Randy White, who also serves as Triton Fire Chief, gave a fire report noting that Triton Hose Company responded to 10 calls in the township during February.
Gingher noted that a liquid fuels allocation from the state for 2019 was $237,936 which is up $5,347 from 2018. She also noted that a CO-STARS salt contract was due by March 15 and she planned to file for it.
Regarding a list of tax assessment changes that were contested for 2019 from the previous year, the county assessor’s office had five properties increased in value and 11 decreased with 10 staying the same.
There was a brief discussion about the D&C Fuel Sales station being developed, with the supervisors noting unmet conditions so far were a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT and a stormwater signoff from the conservation district on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection.
It was announced that the Wyoming County Association of Township Officials would be having their spring convention at the Eaton Township municipal office, at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 19.
It was also noted that the 25th Northeast Regional Contractors and Engineers Workshop was coming up on March 13 at Keystone College.
In the question-and-answer period Bridget White asked about the new headquarters of BKV planned for the Mile Hill area of the township. She cautioned that water runoff needed to be followed to make sure it did not come back into town.
She also asked about the number of trucks in the township and wondered why two persons are riding in one vehicle.
She got no response, and said, “That’s the problem that never gets answered.”
Resident Ed Harding asked about the water pipeline project and where the pump stations would be located. Supervisor White said at the river and another one near Williams’ headquarters north of town.
Harding asked if they would be running year round, and White said he thought so.
Another resident asked about stormwater fees that were presently being raised in Lackawanna and Luzerne County, and wanted to know, “Will they be raised here.
Supervisor Hoyt Keiser said, “We haven’t heard anything about that.