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Issue 3 — Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Crackdown On
Bridge Trespassing

MILFORD — Pike County Commissioners have requested the Milford Borough Police to charge any individual found on the Mott Street Bridge with trespass. Commissioners said they would commence a civil action for property damage against anyone who willfully damages the protective barrier erected to prevent unlawful access to the bridge.

Commissioners said they took this measure to protect the County property and to prevent the public from accessing the bridge due to its unsafe condition.

PUC Approves Corning Natural Gas
Purchase Of PCL&P

MILFORD — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) voted 5-0 Thursday to approve the purchase of Pike County Light & Power Co. (PCL&P) by Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation (CNGHC) from Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) for $16 million. Upon closing, which is expected later this month, PCL&P will be a wholly owned subsidiary of CNGHC.

PCL&P is a regulated electric and gas utility providing electric service to approximately 4,600 customers in the Townships of Westfall, Milford and the northern part of Dingman and in the Boroughs of Milford and Matamoras. PCL&P provides natural gas service to 1,200 customers in Westfall Township and the Borough of Matamoras. The transaction increases CNGHC’s footprint in Pennsylvania and provides more opportunities to expand into the state. Upon closing, CNGHC will have approximately $85 million in assets, increasing the company size by 30 percent.

CNGHC President and CEO Michael I. German said, “Over the past several years, Corning has made a number of key strategic advances for the further development of our business in Pennsylvania. Our purchase of PCL&P aligns well with those successes and establishes a broader, more robust platform that can take our company to the next level. We look forward to providing our new customers with continued safe and reliable service, and to creating new job opportunities in Pike County.”

O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “We found strong market interest in PCL&P from a number of good companies. One company stood out among the others in terms of resources, customer focus and emphasis on service reliability – that’s what brought us to today.”

PCL&P electric and gas customers should continue to call PCL&P at 1-877-434-4100 to report outages, request emergency repairs or ask questions about service or billing. Customers who smell gas or suspect a gas leak should continue to call PCL&P’s Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-LEAK (5325).

Flower Show

MILFORD — The Milford Garden Club presents The Times of Our Lives, A Holiday Standard Flower Show. This event is free and open to the public. Dates are Friday, August 26 (from 2 to 5 p.m.) and on Saturday, August 27 (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the First Presbyterian Church located at 300 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. For questions or info, please call Carol at 570-775-6317.

Milford Broadway
Revue Auditions

DINGMANS FERRY — Calling all Broadway Babies (men and women) ages 17 and up, to sing in a Broadway Revue to be held at the Milford Theater in Milford, PA, in the fall. Auditions will be at the Damien Roche Fitness Center, 1346 Rte 739, Dingman’s Ferry, PA on Friday August 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring music or sing a capella. Call 1-570-686-4037 or 1-845-741-8825 for information.

AARP Presents
Jukebox Rewind

HAWLEY — AARP 33345 presents “Jukebox Rewind” with Rich Ilson at Silver Birches (formerly ehrhardts), Hawley, PA. The event will take place August 18. There is a fee for entry. The event is scheduled 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dancing will be at 11:30 – 12:30 and a family style dinner will be at 12
The show with Rich Wilson starts at 2 and ends at 3:30 with snacks.

Tricky Tray

MILFORD — The Pike County Developmental Center Tricky Tray will be Saturday, September 10 at Delaware Valley 11th/12th Grade High School Cafeteria, Rt. 6 & 209 in Milford, PA 18337. Doors open at 4 p.m.; calling starts at 6 p.m. Trays, Grand Prizes, 50/50 Raffle. No entry fee. Food & Beverages available. Proceeds benefit The Pike County Developmental Center Participants. For more info., call 570-296-6319 or pcdc14@gmail.com.

 

Vacancy Board Chooses Third Supervisor For Township

LACKAWAXEN — After Township Supervisor Rich Krochta resigned earlier this summer, supervisors received numerous letters expressing interest in that position, according to Supervisor Chairman Mike Mancino, but since he and Supervisor Tom Cardinale could not agree on a candidate, the Lackawaxen Vacancy Board elected Albert Beisel. Mancino spoke about the appointment at the regular township meeting held on Monday at the township building on Urban Road. The Vacancy Board appointed Beisel at their public hearing held on July 25. A notary swore in Beisel at that meeting.

Mancino took flak over the appointment as Fred Suljic, who submitted a letter of interest, complained that he was not invited for an interview. Another resident said that he sent a letter and was also not invited for an interview. Mancino said that he and Cardinale did not conduct any interviews. Township Solicitor Tom Farley said, “There are no requirements that supervisors have to conduct interviews. The matter had to be referred to the Vacancy Board because supervisors could not agree. They voted on Albie [Beisel] unanimously.”

Later in the meeting, supervisors Mancino and Beisel voted to appoint Beisel as the township road-crew superintendent, a new position. Since the township already has a roadmaster, Suljic and others questioned why the township needed a superintendent. Cardinale said he voted “No” on appointing Beisel as superintendent since the township already has a roadmaster, who could do the job duties. Suljic and others questioned if Beisel’s vote for himself was a conflict of interest.

Farley explained that according to the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code, when a municipality has three supervisors, a supervisor is not restricted from voting for his own employment. Farley noted that the state law was a way to help a municipality conduct business. If only two supervisors could vote and they disagreed frequently, a municipality could not operate, concluded Farley.

Supervisors noted that the superintendent reports directly to the supervisors. A detailed job description showed that the appointee is responsible for developing all phases of road construction, execution, and maintenance of roads, scheduling projects, flagging needed purchases, overseeing road department personnel, and investigating/correcting complaints... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Child Care Center Moves To Renovated Muir House

DINGMAN — Good Shepherd Child Care Center (GSCCC) team is thrilled to announce that the center moved last week to a home of its own at the historic Muir House building on Route 2001 after more than 30 years of operation at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church building in Milford Borough, according to GSCCC Board of Directors Vice Chairperson/Relocation Committee Chairperson Rebecca Lindsey. Lindsey said, “The new facility is at 102 State Route 2001, where the Muir House Restaurant was located, across from the American Legion building on Route 2001 and Christian Hill Road. “By purchasing and renovating this historic building, we are giving new life to a beautiful structure that had been empty for years.

“This is a win-win for all concerned. The new space will allow children of working families in Pike County to enjoy the much-improved facilities and more comprehensive programming, including expanded pre-school, after school, and Head Start. This move could never have happened without the work of many people. I want to first thank three indispensable groups, Dingman Township, GSCCC Director Angela Smith and her staff, and the community-minded leaders at Dime Bank.”

Dingman Supervisor Chairman Tom Mincer said last week that Lindsey approached the township in 2014 and asked whether the township would be supportive of the Good Shepherd’s plan to purchase the Muir House property for use as a day-care center. Mincer said that the township might be supportive, but that the township’s zoning ordinance at that time did not permit such a use in the Conservation District zone where the Muir House is located. Mincer said that he then raised the issue for discussion at regular township meetings with supervisors and the public. The discussion covered whether day-care centers should be included as an allowable use throughout the township’s Conservation District. Mincer said that after getting public input and reviewing the proposed use, the Planning Commission and supervisors “concluded that day-care centers would be an especially appropriate use and good for the community.”

Supervisors then unanimously approved amending the ordinance to add day-care centers as Special Exception use in the district. Meanwhile, GSCCC purchased the Muir House property and immediately started the application process. Lindsey said, “We are extremely grateful for the township’s guidance and support throughout the lengthy permitting process. “Thanks also to Angela and the GSCCC staff for taking on double work for the past two years. They ran a full-time child-care center while doing the thousands of things necessary to plan for a new one. “Dime Bank, of course made this project possible by giving us a mortgage and an additional construction loan. These groups are the heroes, but many others helped as well.

“We especially appreciate our dedicated contractors, Grimm Brothers, who performed all building renovations on time and on budget. They repurposed this beautiful building to be usable for many generations of children to come. Thanks also to our many donors who contributed funds to make our renovations possible, most notably, the Pike County Bar Association, to our board of directors, and especially our Treasurer Jenni Hamill. Her financial-management skills made it possible to pay our bills.

“Thanks also to our engineers Kiley Associates, our outside counsel Eric Hamill, and our landlord, the Good Shepherd Church, which has been extremely patient through the permitting process... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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