The Mehoopany Township supervisors are continuing their efforts to find a replacement for George Kavaliauskas, who resigned as supervisor last month.
Supervisors Ryan Visneski and Roy Darling read letters of interest from local residents Donald E. Grogesky, Loren Day, and Scott Nicodemus.
After the letters were read, Visneski and Darling discussed who they believe would be the best candidate for the position. Darling said he favors Day, because he’s previously worked with him.
Visneski said he likes Nicodemus, because he has a great deal of technical background which would be helpful to the township - particularly at the sewer plant.
After more discussion, Visneski made a motion to appoint Nicodemus as superintendent. But the motion died for lack of a second.
The matter will now be heard by Bill Henning, who serves as the Vacancy Committee for the township. Henning will meet with Visneski and Darling on Wednesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. to discuss the matter. Under such circumstances Henning can, if necessary, cast the deciding vote for the supervisor’s spot.
The supervisors announced that the fence around Barnes Cemetery has been restored. The fence was removed a few years ago by the township when it was thought the cemetery had been abandoned. After it was determined the cemetery is still active, solicitor Paul Litwin informed the supervisors a few months ago that township was legally obligated to restore the fence.
Visneski thanked everyone who help on the project - particularly the FWM Volunteer Fire Company which provided arc welding and other equipment for the job.
“We never would have gotten it finished in two days without their help,” he said.
On a motion made by Darling, the supervisors voted to donate $1,000 to the fire company, thanking them for their support.
In April, the Meshoppen Police - which provides services for the township - answered 18 calls locally. Of those calls, one was for assault; one weapons possession, firearms; one drug equipment violation; two driving while under the influence; two harassment; one trespassing of real property; one all other offenses; two motor vehicle accidents; one alarm; one suspicious person; one animal; two traffic/parking problem; and two assist ambulance. Six traffic citations were issued; and five warnings. Police logged in a total of 60 hours.
The supervisors also authorized the Fourth of July parade will be held on July 7 at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at the Baptist Church, and end at the fire hall.