Tunkhannock Twp. renews police contract
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
On Monday night, Tunkhannock Township renewed its police contract through 2017.
After an executive session at the conclusion of the township’s regular monthly meeting, supervisors voted unanimously to extend the contract another four years.
According to supervisors, there are no major changes to the contract.
Full time patrolmen will continue to receive a three percent raise in pay each year, with part time patrolmen receiving 75 percent of the pay of full-timers.
The full time patrolmen were also given an increase in their uniform allowance to $800 per year in the new contract.
In other business, Anthony Talerico approached supervisors with an issue he’s been having with PennDOT.
Talerico, who owns LaGrange Road, a private driveway that allows residents to access Black Diamond Beach from Route 92, said that PennDOT is asking him to upgrade the engineering of the road.
Talerico is in the process of building new apartments along LaGrange Road, and was asked by Wyoming County Planning Commission to contact PennDOT to make sure he had a highway occupancy permit.
After surveying the road, PennDOT told Talerico that since LaGrange Road was the only access to Black Diamond Beach, it could not be considered a private driveway, but rather had to be considered a private road.
With that, Talerico will be responsible for paving the first 25 feet where LaGrange Road connects to Route 92, and will have to get engineering drawings completed.
“I’m running into a problem satisfying the planners’ requests to make it a legal entrance,” Talerico said.
Supervisor Glenn ‘Ace’ Shupp said the supervisors will consult their solicitor to see if there is any way the township could be of assistance.
Also on Monday night, supervisors accepted a bid to pave a 2.2 mile stretch of Stark Road starting at its intersection with Route 92 north to the Lemon Township line.
Supervisors voted unanimously to accept at $234,823.10 bid from Pennsy Supply. Work is set to start on May 6 and may last up to 60 days. There were four bids.
Also on Monday, resident Gene Woodruff voiced his opinion about the possibility of a zoning ordinance in the township.
“I thought that the idea of having zoning was put to bed in 2005,” Woodruff said. “I thought it was clear that it was over with.”
Along with being concerned about the township controlling what residents are allowed to do with their property, Woodruff said he was concerned about what zoning would cost the township.
“I found an article about the zoning officer in Honesdale,” Woodruff said. “He made over $800,000 in seven years.”
Shupp said the reason zoning was being discussed was because residents of the township had asked the supervisors to look into it again.
Supervisor Veto Barziloski Jr. said that the township isn’t looking to put strict restrictions on residents.
“We’re not telling you what you can or can’t do with your property,” Barziloski said. “We’re setting guidelines.”
Woodruff responded and said, “We don’t want it in Tunkhannock Township. The cost is just outrageous.”
Barziloski said he believed that it is necessary to look into zoning with all the new development taking place in the township.
“I think it’s something that’s necessary to look into,” Barziloski said. “A lot has changed in the past eight years.”
In other matters, Barziloski gave an update on the Act 537 plan to address Lake Carey sewer needs.
He said that the township placed a call to the Department of Environmental Protection, which said the plan was still being reviewed.
“They said they will get to it when they can, and that they don’t have the manpower to do it quickly,” Barziloski said.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tunkhannock Township supervisors is Monday, May 6, at the township building located off Route 92.