Tunkhannock Township supervisors literally reorganized Monday night as Hoyt Keiser was elected chairman of the three-member board, and succeeds Randy White in that post.
Supervisor Glenn ‘Ace’ Shupp placed Keiser’s name in nomination, noting the township needed to vigorously get behind last fall’s $10 million grant offered by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest) that will be working over the next year or two to bring a sewage collection system around Lake Carey.
That system, which was essentially mandated by the state Department of Environmental Protection, will serve both Tunkhannock and Lemon Township residents, and former chair White has often suggested it was unnecessary and too expensive, making it overly burdensome for the residents of both townships.
On Monday, White placed his own name in nomination for the supervisors’ chair post, and the four persons, other than supervisors present, awaited Keiser to second one of the nominations.
Keiser said he appreciated Shupp’s confidence in him and would serve as chair, but would need to step down as co-roadmaster, suggesting that post as well as vice-chair should go to Shupp and probably bring back the former roadmaster Ken White as township road foreman.
Ken White had been removed in November following an executive session that addressed concerns from residents at previous public meetings that because of some pressing health issues, he was not fully attending to his duties as roadmaster, and those residents were concerned that with an approaching winter and its own challenges, who would actually be overseeing township road maintenance.
After going over a list of items dealing with accounts, meeting times and appointments for 2020, secretary Judy Gingher suggested that road employees’ wages would increase 3 percent, Randy White said he was registering his disgareement because he believed in some conversations in late 2019 he thought they were in agreement that road wages should not go above 1.5 percent. Keiser said he didn’t remember it that way.
During his police report, Chief Ed Morristell said that during December there were 226 events,with 52 traffic citations and four individuals facing criminal arrests and 5,906 miles of patrol from four vehicles. He said a 2020 vehicle for the force has arrived and is in the process of being outfitted.
He noted that the police vehicle that was incapacitated after being run into by a motorist in the fall is no longer of use to the force and probably should be sold.
Keiser motioned for the vehicle to be advertised with a minimum bid of $3,500 to be set and it was approved.
Chief Morristell said that end over end comparing 2018 to 2019, the numbers were very comparable in most categories.
Supervisors were notified by the county planning commission that plans for a wastewater treatment plant on Billings Mill Road had been accepted and so was a commercial development that appeared to be a used car lot to be known as Mountain Motors LLC fromTony Kenia on German Hill Road.
Supervisors also agreed tosign onto an audit of Gingher’s books by Ginader Jones & Co. at no more than $700.