Delaware Surplus Means Windfall For Nonprofits
DINGMANS FERRY — At the Delaware Township Supervisors meeting Wednesday Dec. 10, the Board of Supervisors donated $70,000 to local non-profits out of the 2014 budget surplus. The Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance Corps each received $20,000, while Habitat for Humanity, Safe Haven, and the Center for Developmental Disabilities each received $10,000. The local food pantry received a $2,500 holiday donation, approved at the previous township meeting on Nov. 12.
George Beodeker of the Fire Company has had 25 years of service to the Township and called the donation “unprecedented” and “greatly appreciated.” He took this as a reward for the increased accountability demanded by Township Supervisor Tom Ryan. Ryan said that the Fire Company had provided a “very specific list” for the funds and Beodeker said they would be putting “brand new stuff on a brand new truck.” Ryan said, “I can’t thank you enough for the services you provide to our residents.”
Karen Kontizas of Safe Haven said that this was the first time Delaware Township has joined the other townships of Pike County in donating, and she expressed gratitude for the donation. She emphasized the need for their services due to higher incidences of domestic violence in rural areas... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Twp. Still Waiting On FERC Approval Of Compressor
MILFORD — Milford Township has spent well over a year debating and discussing a compressor station expansion project by NiSource, and supervisors were surprised at their regular meeting Monday night that the company is still waiting on approval of an application by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.
NiSource, who owns Columbia Gas, originally submitted the application last summer, with a construction start date of Aug. 1, 2014. On Aug. 18, FERC held a public question and comment about the application.
Supervisor Gary Clark noted that FERC will reply to each comment in writing. Over 50 speakers made public comment at the meeting in August. Clark stated, “I thought we would have an idea of where this is going by now, but I’ve heard nothing, absolutely nothing, so far.”
Supervisors believe FERC will approve the compressor station, but are hoping that they will require it to be electrically powered rather than gas powered. Clark stated, “I’ve spoken with residents living on Fire Tower, and they agree with an electric motor. There would be no emissions.” A main concern for residents has been pollutants the station could create.
Greg Lotorto, an active volunteer against the compressor station, stated that he and other volunteers would rather no expansion of the compressor station, and plan to bring a lawsuit against NiSource, pending approval of the company’s application to FERC.
Clark questioned what the purpose of a lawsuit would be, to which Lotorto responded, “we’re looking at if these compressor stations are even necessary.” According to Lotorto, after a recent fall in gas prices, the company may not need to expand. He has looked at emission levels, and harmful effects, and feels they should not be building anything... for complete story, get this week's issue.