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Issue 35 — Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hoeper Opponent
Knocked Off GOP
May Primary Ballot

MILFORD — Shohola Supervisor Greg Hoeper succeeded in knocking his opponent, Shirley Masuo, off the Republican Primary ballot for township supervisor. Last week, Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Joseph Kameen upheld Hoeper's contention that his opponent, Shirley Masuo, did not meet the Pennsylvania Primary Election law standard of filing a minimum of 10 valid signatures on her election petition.

Hoeper contested Masuo's petition with the court. Milford Borough attorney Eric Hamill, a Shohola Township resident, represented Hoeper. Kameen rendered his opinion at the Courthouse last Friday. Hoeper said, "I filed to contest the petition after I researched the people on her petition. I had to file a "Right to Know" form to get the information.

"I checked the residency of each name on her petition with the Shohola tax collector. I found that one person only had a road name listed, but no house address."

Hamill said, "Due to the invalidity of one signature, related to residency, Masuo failed to meet the minimum number of signatures."

The person, a former resident, no longer lives in Shohola. Kameen's court order stated that when the name on the Nomination Petition was stricken, the petition had insufficient signatures. Hoeper said, "She ended up having only nine names, when she needed 10."

Masuo could still mount a write-in campaign. On Monday, she issued the following formal statement: "I'm happy to say that despite several calls and a visit to my home by Mr. Hoeper's attorney, the attempts to force me to withdraw from the race were unsuccessful. I am currently considering my next moves."

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Former Borough Council President Eulogized

MATAMORAS — Last week, Borough Council President Joe Sain called for a moment of silence at the beginning of the regular monthly Borough Council meeting to recognize the recent passing of Norman Kraus. Kraus served as council president, Fire Dept. chief, Matamoras Water Authority board member and local Scoutmaster, along with wearing other community service hats, according to Sain. "Norm was a major force in our community," said Sain.

In regular business, the council fielded some financial issues. After receiving three recent letters from Westfall Township resident John Dalton, who questioned the format of Matamoras Borough financial reports, Councilman Dave Clark responded to Dalton, who attended the meeting. According to Clark, Dalton pinpointed some errors or inconsistencies on borough financial reports over a three-year period, but Dalton sought more feedback from the council recently. Clark said that the reports contained occasional errors, such as a rollover amount not matching in a subsequent report, but such errors were corrected in the next report.

Clark said, "The purpose of our monthly financial report is to give each council member a snapshot of the finance at a given time. The report also helps the department heads, who are each responsible for a budget line. "John Dalton has his own style for how he likes to see financial reporting, That is fine. But that is not our way. Based on the money we have in the bank and the decisions that department heads are making, our finances are spot on.

"Our reports show us what we want to see. It is simply an executive summary. Such a report could be subject to change even if we issued a report hour by hour or day by day."

In his Recreation Advisory Board report, Clark said that the Airport Park budget showed a $12,000 deficit in 2016. One way to offset the deficit is by the board selling sponsorship signs around each ball field. The board is planning to sell multi-year sponsorships for each sign in each field. And the board plans to offer a package to large donors, which includes an incentive of having a field named for the sponsor during the contract period. .. for complete story, get this week's issue.

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