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Issue 4 — Thursday, August 28, 2014

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MILFORD — Although it has been publishing much, much longer, the Pike County Dispatch has been the newspaper of record for the County of Pike for more than 40 years. That means the Dispatch is the place to go to find out about public meetings, estate notices, bids, public hearings, real estate sales and transactions, and Sheriff sales.

The Pike County Commissioners listed the Dispatch as an official newspaper for legal notices during their opening meeting of 2014, and once again, during their annual reorganization meetings on the first business day of the New Year, most of the other municipalities in Pike County followed suit. So far, Milford and Matamoras Boroughs, and Westfall, Dingman, Delaware, Shohola, Blooming Grove. Milford and Lehman Townships have made it their business to have the Dispatch as an official newspaper.

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The Pike County Dispatch is not only Pike County's largest circulation weekly newspaper, it is also the oldest.

Founded as the Eagle of the North, it has been in continuous operation reporting news and covering local events since 1826. It is, and always has been, the mainstay in keeping the local citizenry informed. Today, subscribers are as far afield as California and Florida

The Dispatch has covered the historic events that have shaped Pike County for almost as long as that history has been in the making.

Over the years, hometown news has shared pages with national and world events, and world events were sometimes right here in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Its pages carry news of joy and sorrow, homespun advice, births, deaths, marriages, spats, feuds, political controversy, scandals, murders, heists, social affairs, dedications--in short, all the news in Pike to print.

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Port Businesses Cope With Storm Aftermath

PORT JERVIS — Hail, heavy wind, rain and lightning ripped through Port Jervis, N.Y. and Pike County last Thursday night, downing trees and causing widespread power outages across the region as well as localized flooding. Two downtown Port buildings housing almost a dozen businesses remained closed after roof failures from the deluge. Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley sustained flood damage but stayed open during its peak vacation season.

The storm hit about 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 and lasted for an hour and a half before emergency crews could remove trees blocking roadways and begin working on restoring power, which left residents in the dark overnight. At the height of the storm about 6,000 customers lost power. The heavy rain flooded several areas leaving some motorists stranded and basements flooded.

On Monday, Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker said replacing the roof on the Hunt building at 123 Pike St. was already under way after last week’s pelting rain broke through the roof and caused water damage inside Port Jervis’ landmark office building. Besides about five offices of doctors who maintain limited practices in the building, meeting patients a few days a week, the Hunt Building is also home to a jewelry store, an insurance agency and a hearing aid company.

Servpro has begun some interior remediation inside the Hunt Building, but the company is not sure how long it will take to complete. Also, the right rear corner of the roof at 24-32 Front St. collapsed, compromising the entire building, Decker said. Chinese restaurant Ming Moon at 30 Front and Spanish food specialties Mi Casita at 24 Front both had to vacate the building. The building also housed a contractor’s office... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Judge Upholds Pensions For Hernandez & Parsell

MILFORD — Specially presiding judge Linda Wallach Miller has ruled against the Delaware Township Auditors’ claim that two former supervisors are not entitled to compensation from an approved state pension plan. This is in relation to a 2006 pension plan that the township auditors claimed eight years later was not the pension plan that was agreed upon. In second class townships, it is the township auditors’ duty to approve all compensation packages involving supervisors that also work for the township.

Thaddeus Parsell held the position of Roadmaster since 1983 and was a township supervisor up until this year. Ileana Hernandez held the position of secretary/treasurer and supervisor since 1992 but was not re-elected in 2012.

The complaint filed by Attorney Michael Savona on behalf of Delaware Township Auditors – Chairman Dennis Lee, Michael Dickerson and Jane Neufeld – alleges that in March of 2006, the board of supervisors held a special meeting with then Auditors Louise Chattaway, Kathleen Cancelino and current auditor Dickerson, to consider participation in a proposed pension plan through a verbal presentation by then township solicitor Anthony Magnotta.

The plan verbally approved by the auditors would be managed by PA State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), would be funded solely by the township with no employee contribution, a flat fee of $79,000 annually and after three years, PSATS would contribute 50 percent of the cost to the plan. In addition, employees would be eligible for pension benefits after 10 years of service or at age 65.

According to the complaint, the pension plan approved at a March 2006 Board of Supervisors meeting was different from what the auditors approved, specifically that the cost of the plan was not limited to $79,000 per year nor was PSATS contributing 50 percent as specified in the meeting minutes. In addition, it was not the auditors’ understanding that the pension plan would be backdated to the time of employment.. for complete story get this week's issue.

Courthouse ARB Application Deferred Until October

MILFORD — Due to hurdles facing the land development application with the Milford Borough Planning Commission, the County Commissioners asked the Borough Architectural Review Board (ARB) for a continuance for their application for the County Courthouse restoration and expansion.

With changes to the application such as the easement for the septic system, changes to parking, and plans for purchasing lots from the Borough, County Solicitor Thomas Farley asked that the ARB hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 after the Planning Commission meeting at 5 p.m. that day, to which the ARB agreed.

Engineer Michael Lamoreaux, who presented the County’s application at the last ARB meeting, provided the board with 1) new elevations for the rear of the building, which had a vehicle ramp moved out of sight, 2) window details previously requested by the ARB architect, Vlad Potiyevsky, and 3) a photo montage of the Broad Street streetscape, including the proposed addition. He also provided them with the campus-wide parking study, which saves the County from demolishing two properties on West High Street... for complete story get this week's issue.

Courthouse Lot Ownership Snags
Annex Development Plan

MILFORD — Pike County commissioners and their representatives found that their Courthouse complex Land Development (LD) plan would not be a cakewalk at the Milford Borough Planning Commission. The commissioners and engineers submitted their LD plan, but the Commission voted not to accept it until the county amends the plan. Commission Chairperson Adrienne Wendell questioned whether the Commission could accept the LD plan absent a county Lot Consolidation from Milford Borough Council. The County needs proof that it owns all four lots in front of the Courthouse, noted Commission Alternate Solicitor Tony Waldron.

The Kenworthey House and proposed annex is on one lot, part of the Courthouse and part of the lawn area in front of the Courthouse are on the second lot, another part of the Courthouse is on the third lot, and most of the lawn area is on the fourth lot. The Borough owns the lot with the main lawn area; the county owns the other three. Waldron advised that the County must show an option to buy or proof of purchase and a Lot Consolidation plan approval from Milford Borough Council for the Commission to accept the LD plan. Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County lawyer George Broseman also objected to the LD. He said that the LD did not meet Borough Code, which indicates that an applicant must obtain a Conditional Use permit before submitting a LD plan. Waldron agreed.

Borough Zoning and Sewage Enforcement Officer Bob DiLorenzo explained that the County has two options: one is to consolidate the four lots, which requires a Conditional Use permit. The second option is to combine nine lots, the four on Courthouse Square and five others that include the County Administration Building, Sheriff’s office, Raser House and Miller House on High Street (adjacent to District Magistrate’s Court), and Magistrate’s lot.

The Raser and Miller House lots are where the County plans to site the Courthouse and Annex’s in-ground septic system. The nine-lot Lot Consolidation doesn’t require a Conditional Use. The County now has to make the Lot Consolidation plan choice and resubmit an amended LD plan and amended sewage plan (if the nine-lot plan is submitted) at a subsequent Commission meeting.

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