Scouts see local government in action
ADELE R. ARGOT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Polk Township leadership continues to be, from left, Nancy C. May, Secretary-treasurer; Brian K. Ahner, Chairtman; and Michael D. Hurley, Vice-chairman.They served in the same capacity last year.
A dozen scouts and their leaders from Boy Scout Troop 113, chartered by RB Bake Tech and meeting at Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, saw local government in action as they attended the monthly Polk Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
As the meeting progressed they heard what work is being done on township roads, including trees that are a safety hazard on New York Boulevard; how the township is maintaining its equipment; what recycling has and is taking place, including TVs being picked up by a New Jersey company that costs the township nothing and the financial returns on selling collected cardboard, etc.
They heard about the street addressing, including the supervisors passing a resolution naming new street names as part of the re-addressing project that began a year ago.
The fire company reported 234 calls for 2011 and that the volunteers had responded to a house fire Sunday evening and another fire on Meadow Drive on Monday.
The zoning officer reported 6 permits in January, 15 inspections and 2 verbal complaints, and updated the board on over a dozen items, getting the okay to begin legal actions for some issues and being advised to wait in other circumstances.
The scouts heard the discussion concerning whether to use liquid fuel monies to do the Dotters Corner culvert and the financial reasons that will be put on hold, including higher costs if said funds are used. However, liquid fuels money may be used for doing the Lower Middle Creek Bridge.
Township solicitor James Fareri said he would have the township handbook ready for the February meeting and that putting weight limit on Carney Road will take an ordinance.
The boys heard the board's action on property matters including giving a 90-day time extension to the Vernon L. Frable minor subdivision, based on some progress being made, as well as the lot consolidation plan of Craig and Phantipha Sriwai, with conditions of modifications and waivers as recommended by the Planning Commission; and the lot annexation by Henry S Jr. and Roberta Areias as well as the lot annexation plan of Eugene and Joy Risko, contingent on an old shed going down.
The scouts also heard the presentation and questions of Troop 113 member Ian Saviet concerning his proposed Eagle Scout project. He hopes to put up a memorial for service personnel and was re-checking with the township about placing it on township land.
After some discussion, Supervisor May took his phone number and will give it to the Veterans Memorial Committee for a member to contact Saviet. They reminded the Scout that there is not much room at the Memorial and said they would consider where possibly else such a memorial might be placed.
The last item of business, before an executive session about personnel matters, was to consider the request by Nicusor Nistor to change a property from Commercial to an R-1 designation. The supervisors agreed to approve that since the property is not suitable for commercial development they said, with the expenses related to making said change to be borne by the applicant.
The supervisors have been re-installed to the position they each held last year, with those actions taking place at the township's reorganization meeting held at 8 a.m., Jan. 3. Brian K. Ahner is again serving as Chairperson, Michael Hurley is filling the role of Vice-chairman, and Nancy C. May is continuing as Secretary-treasurer.
Also remaining the same is the township tax millage.That was approved at the traditional budget approval meeting on Dec. 31, 2011.