Paupack School Buses Rerouted Because Of Road Neglect
LACKAWAXEN — The Tow Path is in such bad shape after years of neglect and two particularly bad winters that this school year, Wallenpaupack Area School District (WASD) Transportation Dept. rerouted some school bus routes to avoid using it.
Lackawaxen Solicitor Tony Waldron reported on the bus issue. He spoke at the regular township meeting held at the township building on Urban Road.
Waldron said that WASD Transportation Coordinator Cindy Watson notified supervisors about the rerouting.
Waldron also noted that Watson agreed to support the township supervisors’ efforts to petition state officials about the deplorable Tow Path condition.
Watson said in an interview last week that the rerouting did not affect WASD’s pick-up and drop off of students from the dozen or so families living on the road. However, the rerouting affects buses that have to travel the whole 15-mile Tow Path route to start their run.
Rather than having to traverse the whole route, buses take an alternate route to get to one end of Tow Path or the other end. Watson said, “This saves wear and tear on the buses. We had to do this starting this school year.”
Waldron said, “They [WASD] support our petition for improvements to make the road safe again... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner Honored By R.E.E.CH.E.
MILFORD — R.E.E.CH.E. President Luann Genovas and students from Mt. View School presented County Commissioner Karl Wagner with gifts of appreciation, including a pin and card at the County Commissioners meeting last Wednesday, April 15. The County Commissioners proclaimed April 12-18 to be the Week of the Young Child, and R.E.E.CH.E. thanked Wagner for his continuing support. The group calls “attention to the need for high-quality early childhood services for all children and families within our community.”
April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the Commissioners passed a resolution recognizing that the “entire community has a role to play.”“With the full weight of their community and victim service providers behind them, survivors will feel empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger, and shame, without fear of judgment and will feel understood and worthy of support,” Wagner read.
The Commissioners reaffirmed the County’s commitment to assisting all victims of crimes and expressed their gratitude for those who “are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.”
The Commissioners also recognized April 12-18 as National Library Week. Pike County Public Library Director Rose Chiocchi thanked supporters and invited everyone to come to library events for the week. Commissioner Rich Caridi in turn said, “Thank you for your service to the community.” Commissioner Matt Osterberg said that the library is in need of a defibrillator and fund donations would be welcome.
Sally Corrigan and Will Erdman of the Pike County Conservation District gave their annual report and 2015 plan, focusing on projects to keep soils in place and out of waterways. In addition to education and outreach, the PCCD also offers technical assistance with bank stabilization. They are continuing monthly monitoring of water levels in 24 wells and will be starting their monitoring of surface waters soon.
In 2014, they monitored approximately 40 streams in 18 major watersheds, and have data going back 20 years. PCCD is anticipating two or three projects this year to reduce sediment pollution from public unpaved roads and work sites. They have worked on 43 projects over 18 years in eight of 13 municipalities. One of their latest projects is a “tear drop” rock-lined channel adjacent to a road in Greentown, designed to protect Sugar Hill Creek.
Their web site offers water quality data from last year’s baseline study they conducted with the USGS as well as water level monitoring data. They will be at the Hawley Earth Fest April 24-26 and you can also visit them on facebook or at http://www.pikeconservation.org... for complete story, get this week's issue.