Kidder Twp. residents warned to 'be aware' due to burglaries
Burglaries are on the increase in Kidder Township.
At Thursday's supervisors' meeting, Kidder Township Police Chief, Matthew R. Kuzma addressed the board of supervisors regarding the recent rash of burglaries in the township.
According to Kuzma there have been six break-ins investigated on Lake Drive in the last two weeks. In almost every case the perpetrator(s) had "made themselves at home ... sleeping, showering and eating" while in the homes. In most cases they helped themselves to the flat screen TV on their way out.
Kuzma encouraged all residents to "be aware of what's going on in their neighborhoods."
"Look for lights that shouldn't be on and people walking at night that you are not familiar with," warned Kuzma.
Police patrols have been stepped up in the area. All of the homes that have been broken into are weekend/vacation homes.
In other business Thursday, Chairman Larry Polansky noted that the bills for the month were in excess of $370,000. This was mainly due to the yearly contribution to the pension fund. Polansky noted that one of the reasons that pension contributions for uniformed and nonuniformed municipal employees are so high is "due to the fluctuation in the stock market over the last few years."
"Police pension funds throughout the country are underfunded at this time," Polansky added.
The township will contribute over $160,000 in 2012, with that number increasing by $10,000 in 2013. Almost one-half of the township contribution comes from the state.
At the meeting the board of supervisors also voted to extend the hauling contract with Aqua Pa. through the end of September. It is expected that the sale of the waste water treatment plant will be completed on the first of October. Little Washington Waste Water Company, a subsidiary of Aqua Pa., is purchasing the treatment plant from the township.
The township has received a formal request from the Friends of the Penn Kidder Library to waive the land development fees. The township approved a motion to do so.
During public comment, Fire Chief Ralph Lennon, brought up the ongoing problem with reception through Metro Cast Cable and requested that the supervisors take these problems into consideration when renewing or choosing a new cable provider for the township. Lennon also noted that the loss of Channel 13 news out of Philadelphia is also a problem
Polansky acknowledged that they are aware of the problems and that he has attempted to address this with the person from Metro Cast that contacted the township about renewing the contract. According to Polansky he tried to call three times and his calls were not returned.
Bids were received from two companies for snow removal. The township voted to accept the bid from Wernett Excavation for 2012-2013.
The 2013 budget meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The public is welcomed to attend.
Township manager Lisa Klem wanted to publicly thank Bob Dobash, township emergency manager, and Pete Lambert, township employee, for their extraordinary efforts during the heavy rains earlier this week. Both men were on hand during the storm to deal with the problems brought about by the fast moving rain water.
In addition they have inspected all of the damage done by the storm, in particular Gower Lane and Henning Road, both of which were damaged by the flooding.
The supervisors appointed Klem as the new Right to Know Officer. Suzanne Brooks has been appointed secretary and Supervisor Robert Lengle has been appointed treasurer.
The township will be advertising for bids for township engineering services for 2013.
The township will accept electronics for recycling through Friday, Sept. 21. There is no charge for most items. There is a $7 charge for computer monitors.