Mehoopany Twp. addresses fire damage
BY MATT VINE
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Mehoopany Township supervisors voted last Wednesday to do something about cleanup of fire-damaged properties.
They asked their solicitor to write up an ordinance that would have insurance companies to send money to a separate account to assist with fire clean up.
Supervisor Bill Henning said that the insurance money would be put aside in an Escrow account.
“There are two properties within the township that had been burned down, but there was no law governing with the cleanup of fire damage properties,” Henning said. “This account will act as a tool for us to make sure that these properties are cleaned up after a fire. Also this will help benefit both the township and its residents.”
Township also raised their treasurer’s bond from $250,000 to $450,000.
Henning said the reason for the increase is that the amount that was on hand from last year to this year is much higher.
Township supervisors also adopted a resolution that would establish a procedure for people who have late sewer charges.
Henning said that people, who still owe money for the sewer, will have up to 91 days to pay up before it is declared delinquent.
“After 91 days, an email will be sent to the solicitor and the solicitor will then have the authority to make sure people pay,” Henning said.
Supervisors also adopted a resolution that there is a fee schedule for having the floodplain administrator do all the paperwork that coincides with managing building in a floodplain.
“It provides fees for all different items that the floodplain administrator has to see if people are in compliance with the rules,” Henning said.
Henning also noted that there will be postcards that will be sent out to all sewer customers soon about rate increases for the sewer for $5.
“Once the postcards are made, they will be sent out,” Henning said.
Supervisors also noted township roads have been treated for the winter.
“We had to spend a lot of time on Maynard road pushing snow drifts, and it used up a lot of the supply,” Henning said. “Now we need to keep an eye on our supply.”
Appalachian Midstream services, a separate gathering company for Chesapeake Energy, wanted to meet with supervisors to sort out a road use agreement to put a new pipeline throughout the township.
Henning also noted that there was a new well being built up by Storey Lake at the Farnclaire station.