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.