Tunkhannock Township will be receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency flood monies for damages that occurred in August 2018 flooding, supervisors learned Monday.
Township secretary Judy Gingher said after mounds of paperwork, the township is to receive $16,835 in Category C money for damages to roads; and $21,403 in Category D money for damages to water control facilities.
Gingher also noted that the township-endorsed Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved and thus the municipality would be eligible for FEMA funds in the future.
In the township’s road department report, Gingher noted roadmaster Ken White’s absence. She read a report that included filling potholes and ordering 200 tons of anti-skid for winter maintenance.
In the police report, Chief Edward Morristell said there were 228 incidents in September. Some 47 citations were issued along with three warnings. Police put 6,783 miles of patrol on three vehicles. Criminal arrests were made of seven individuals with 15 charges total.
The chief noted that the department received a grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation in the amount of $10,095, which Sgt. Bob Reimiller worked to get regarding life saving equipment in police vehicles.
The supervisors talked briefly about the Lemon Township/Tunkhannock Township Sewer Authority for properties around Lake Carey, and agreed to advertise that they would be voting on a mandatory hook-up ordinance at their November meeting. They also voted to appoint Ed Hetzel for a 5-year term to serve on the authority.
Supervisor Hoyt Keiser read a letter from Eaton Township supervisors regarding a possible sand plant going up near the intersection of the Rt. 6 bypass and Rt. 29. They asked the supervisors to exercise great care in their deliberations.
Supervisors Glenn Shupp said nothing was yet known about any formal plans, and the letter was taken under advisement.
A letter was also read into the record from Tunkhannock Boro Municipal Authority regarding homes on Maple Lane and Hilltop Drive in the township in 100 percent compliance with signing up with the municipal authority.
The township officials noted that a budget workshop was needed as the year end approaches.
They selected 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, as the time to hold the special meeting regarding budget planning for 2020 in the township building.
In the open comment period, resident Kevin Bainard expressed an issue with maintenance of Baker Road, and then more pointedly said he was concerned about the township having a roadmaster - Ken White - who was not fixing roads or in a position to do so.
He expressed concerns about what would happen when the weather got worse. “I think he should be let go and have someone who could care for them (the roads and the road equipment),” Bainard said.
Supervisor Shupp started to interject on Ken White’s behalf and Bainard said Shupp was full of it.
The township recessed to go into executive session about a contract, but supposedly no decision was reached on what to do about road care issues.