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Issue 20— Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Lehman: No Tax Hike For 5th Straight Year

By Wayne Witkowski

BUSHKILL — During Tuesday morning's meeting, the Lehman Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a 2019 tax year budget that calls for no tax increase for the fifth straight year.
In a three-minute public hearing in which no township residents were in attendance, the board approved a total budget of $4,161,495, including a $3,063,263 General Fund.
The 6 mills General Fund millage rate holds, along with a .33 millage rate for emergency services.
"This is a good budget," said township Board of Supervisors Chairman Rob Rohner as he pointed out a $170,000 Fire Fund budget, a $103,865 Emergency Service Fund budget and $228,025 toward the Future Police Fund. The State Liquid Fuels Fund is $596,342.
The budget was increased by $37,829 over last year.
Rohner pointed out, when asked, that the township is not allocating for 2019 a stipend for members of the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company, which had been considered in recent months and discussed at a previous meeting.
Other townships in Pike County also are considering paying stipends to help retain firefighters and encourage others to join, and a few have approved the idea for their 2019 budgets.
"We have our Fire Fund and we picked up the balance of $19,500 toward roof repair of the firehouse from storm damage that was not completely covered by insurance," said Rohner, who said the township also was paying an additional $10,000 to cover emergency costs for the fire department.
Tax collection was recorded at $1,913,879. Highway funds cost $1,348,841. Recreation funds total $307,480.
Also at the meeting, Lehman Roadmaster Tim Rohner was appointed to the Pike County Road Task Force. The board also approved resolution No. 337 to extend its Blue Ridge Communications franchise agreements.
Also at the meeting, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin made a presentation asking for an allocation to go toward a county Drug Task Force detective on enforcement against illegal drug transportation and selling. The deputy sheriff will work with three other salaried deputies who concentrate more on other areas of enforcement.




Sunrise Lake Section 9 Heads In New Direction

By Dakota Hendricks

DINGMAN — Jim Ott of Sunrise Lake Section 9 presented to the Board an alternative system the residents of Section 9 would like to pursue.
Due to the sheer cost of the previous plan, Section 9 would like to restart the Site A sewer facility to handle half the residents and install a 15-20 thousand-gallon holding tank to handle the other residents. The holding tank would require pumping and hauling of waste roughly every two weeks with an estimated cost of installation at roughly $35-50,000 with an annual fee of roughly $73,000 a year for waste removal.
Zoning Officer Chris Wood and Supervisor Chairman Thomas Mincer expressed several concerns with the proposal. Wood questioned the feasibility of long-term pump and haul operations, and Mincer was concerned about restarting the Site A facility, as the system is already 38 years old.
The Board said that to consider the proposal fully, they would require estimated cost, construction timetable, fail-safe procedures, DEP involvement, and the formation of a legal entity with officers that the Board could enter an agreement with.
They would also require some form of guarantee of funding for the continued hauling of waste. The Board expects to further review these issues at the January 22, 2019 meeting.
The Supervisors postponed review of the stalled development issues at the Preserve at Milford Hills until the next meeting, pending arrival of an engineer report and the establishment of a timetable requirement for repairs.
The Board approved the 2019 Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department initial Fundraising Calendar. The Supervisors expect there will be further additions as the year progresses.
The next Dingman Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on December 18.




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