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Issue 4 — Thursday, August 25, 2016
Bridge Walkers Ignore
No Trespassing Signs

MILFORD — The county engineer says the Mott Street Bridge is dangerous and people should stay off.

Engineer Mike Lamoreaux and Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg were down at the bridge Monday morning examining a parapet leading up to the county-owned span on the Dingman Township side. The wall had collapsed, dropping boulders down into the Glen and leaving a large hole in the masonry. It looked like it might have washed out, but the two officials suspected vandals were responsible.

While they were there an adult man and a child ignored the “No Trespassing” sign on the fence blocking the bridge, climbed up the parapet wall and walked onto the bridge from the Milford side. The county officials called the Milford Police. Chief Jack DaSilva responded but in the meantime the two trespassers slipped away.

The commissioners announced last week that they asked Milford Borough Police to charge any individuals found on the bridge with trespass. They also said they would commence a civil action for property damage against anyone who willfully damages the protective barrier that attempts to prevent unlawful access to the bridge... for complete story, get this week's paper.

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Lehman Schedules Fall Clean-Up Days, Despite Cost

BUSHKILL — Since the 1990s, Lehman Township has been the only municipality in the region that offers free bulk clean-up days to its residents, but township supervisors began discussing the possibility of charging some fees to defray rising costs. Supervisors discussed the issue at their regular meeting, held last week at the township building on Municipal Drive.

With fall clean-up days on the agenda, Supervisor John Sivick said that the township’s spring Clean-up Days cost $35,000, which leaves only $16,000 in the budget for the fall event. Based on the spring expenses, Sivick said that it appears that there is not enough in the budget to cover a multi-day fall event. Supervisor/Secretary-Treasurer Rob Rohner said that supervisors could do a two-day event if he can find money from another part of the budget earmarked for events (if the township does not hold one or more events). According to Rohner, Clean-up Days are well supported by the public. He said, “We have been getting a lot of calls from residents about the fall event.”

Sivick said that supervisors could hold a one-day event instead of a two- or three-day event to save expenses. He suggested that if supervisors opt for a multi-day event and funds are not available, supervisors might borrow the $15,000 to $18,000 a day estimated cost. Supervisors Rohner and Dick Vollmer suggested starting later in the morning and ending earlier in the afternoon.

Since the cost to the township for getting rid of large appliances has gone up, Lehman Zoning Enforcement Officer Stanley Whittaker asked if supervisors would charge a small fee to residents who drop off old refrigerators and freezers... for complete story, get this week's paper.

Har Haven Neighbors Reassured Township Checking On Site Use

DINGMAN — A cadre of neighbors to the former Mount Haven resort brought criticisms and questions about the new owners, SCHI, based in Lakewood, N.J., to the Aug. 16 meeting of the Dingman Township Supervisors. But neither the supervisors nor the township solicitor could provide any help, due to the premature nature of the comments. Township Zoning Officer Chris Wood has provided Nathan Birnhack, president of Har Haven – the new name for the property, which was purchased earlier this year – with a lengthy list of questions that must be answered before the township will consider the company’s request for a Certificate of Use.

Wood said information that had been submitted by the company’s lawyers was “insufficient to determine if the new use was similar enough to the previous use to issue a Certificate of Use.” That prompted Wood and Township Solicitor John Klemeyer to compile a list of specific questions, which Wood presented to Birnhack on Aug. 8. He requested a response to each question no later than Sept. 8. When the questions have been answered, Wood said, one of three things will happen: the Certificate of Use will be issued; the proposed use will require a Conditional Use permit; or the Certificate of Use could be denied outright. Opponents of any of these actions will then have 30 days in which to appeal.

Ivy Bellino, a neighbor to the property, said she understood Har Haven will operate as a camp and has a permit to do so from the state. But Klemeyer pointed out that it would require a zoning permit from the township to operate in that manner. Another neighbor, John Pfuhler, said Har Haven advertises as a camp and has held at least one fundraiser for that purpose. “They only advertise themselves as a camp,” he said. “Nothing else.” Mount Haven operated as a resort and restaurant. Klemeyer repeatedly told the neighbors the township does not yet have enough information to make a determination. But, he said, “We will get the information from them either voluntarily or involuntarily.”

If Har Haven operates in the same way as Mount Haven had, said Supervisor Dennis Brink, “There’s not much we can do.” Several residents complained about excessive late-night noise from parties. One accused Har Haven employees of ill treatment of children, saying he saw one child riding a golf cart fly off and left.“Several have gone missing,” he said. “They had to search for them. We have no complaints about the other camps here. They treat the children right.”

One woman who contacted the Dispatch after the meeting and who lives in the adjoining community said the children were treated well. “We’ve seen nothing but good,” she said. Mattresses seen on the ground were “just part of an obstacle course.” Kids weren’t being put to work; rather, they were just “helping” contractors like kids often do. “We want to help with every one of your complaints,” said Supervisor Kerry Walsh. But, warned Brink, “We understand we’re going to be tested more than we’ve been tested before.”

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