New readdressing in Eldred Township raises questions
The Eldred Township supervisors and Gary Hoffman, Director of Communications of the Monroe County Control Center, met with members of the Kunkletown Vol. Fire Co. (KVFC) Wednesday night for a workshop on the new readdressing system that has gone into effect for Eldred as of Aug. 27.
Residents of Eldred have received their new addresses from the United States Postal Service. Monroe County Control Center initiated the readdressing in order for emergency services to reduce response time.
Eldred wants to have a uniform look with the new number signs all the same color and size that need to be placed by the residents' driveway. They have agreed upon the color blue background with white numbers. Every driveway should have a number on display. The USPS will continue to deliver mail with the old address for one year.
The supervisors approached the fire company to see if it would want to purchase the signs, posts and mountings and make them for the residents as a fundraiser.
Leon Frable, KVFC president said the fire company is interested in doing that but wants to make inquiries with various companies and find out what the cost would be and how much they would have to charge the residents before agreeing to it.
Helen Mackes, the township real estate tax collector, told Frable that there are approximately 800 homesteads in Eldred.
Township solicitor, Michael Kaspszyk said that the township is advising homeowners to not do anything yet, like address change notifications for at least the next 60 days, in case some issues come up.
Like in the case of Frank O'Donnell. He said his driveway was given a name. Since he is the only residence off that driveway, he doesn't want a private road name.
Kaspszyk explained that if there were any private roads with one or more residences, that road is given a name. Because it is private, the homeowners are responsible for having a road name sign erected at that location. But in the case of just one homeowner, the driveway does not need a road name.
O'Donnell has notified the county that he does not want the road name and he was told it will be removed and a new address will be given to him.
Stephen Molo also questioned his driveway off Getz Dawl Road being given a private road name.
Kaspszyk said that if someone does not want their private driveway to be given a name, they should contact the township secretary/supervisor Sharon Solt and she will take care of it. She can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or you can call 610-381-2442.
Kaspszyk said that the township road name signs are green with white lettering and the private road name signs will have to be white with green lettering.
Kaspszyk will be constructing a 9-1-1 ordinance which will require all homeowners to have the numbers posted in order to expedite emergency response time in emergency calls to be voted on at a future meeting.
If you have any questions regarding your new address, please contact the township office.