Kidder north side residents to cast their votes at Golden Oaks
Kidder Township Supervisor Chairman, Larry Polansky made note at Thursday's supervisors' meeting that the township was notified that the residents of the north side of the township will now be going to the polls in a new location. The residents who live in the Tannery area and north to Route 940, then west on Route 940 to the Carbon/Monroe county line, will now be casting their votes at the Golden Oaks community building.
Polansky was not sure exactly how the Carbon County Board of Elections was going to notify residents of the change, but expressed his concern that some residents would not be notified in time.
In other business the supervisors received a letter from the Kidder Township Fire Commission regarding a request from the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad & Ambulance Corps. In the letter the commission expressed its support for the rescue squad's request for $24,000, to be dispersed from the township's Emergency Services Fund and put toward the purchase of a new ambulance.
Polansky quickly pointed out that the fund is currently only at $51,000, "with the original plan being to grow the fund to at least $500,000 before dipping into it."
Polansky went on the say that he personally would not agree to the request, but that he would entertain a motion either to accept or deny the request.
Charlotte Blackwell, president of the rescue squad's board of directors, explained that while they had other avenues open to them to cover the cost, they had hoped the township would help with the expense.
The motion was made by Polansky to not honor the request and it passed.
"We were looking for fiscal support from the township," Blackwell said later. "We have received monies from grants and at this rate the new ambulance will not cost the township anything."
She said the rescue squad will now look into additional grant money, and as a last resort, will utilize its line of credit.
There were several resolutions agreed upon during the meeting. The supervisors authorized Berkheimer to impose a cost of collections on delinquent taxes it collects and agreed to appoint township manager, Lisa Klem, as contact representative for Berkheimer.
The supervisors also authorized the application of a grant for renovations to the Kidder Township municipal building in the amount of $87,572. They also authorized the application of a grant for renovations to the Albrightsville Fire Company in the amount of $500,000, and a grant for $84,100 for equipment (backhoe) for the township.
Police Chief Matthew R. Kuzma brought the supervisors up to speed regarding the recent rash of burglaries in the Lake Harmony area. Kuzma said there had been no burglaries since the last meeting. There have been no arrests either, but all of the evidence collected is still being analyzed at the crime lab.
The township is planning on holding a budget workshop on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss the 2013 budget.