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Mahoning wants K-9 unit to explain its services

Published January 15. 2013 05:01PM

Mahoning Township supervisors received their annual assessment for the Carbon County K-9, but several questions led them to a 3-0 motion to send a letter to the K-9 unit requesting they attend a meeting to explain what services the levy provides.

"Last year, we had a large number of possibly unlicensed dogs in a house [in the township] and the county was unable assist [in the matter], which was annoying neighbors and being a nuisance. The Carbon County K-9 did not provide services," said Chairperson John Wieczorek.

He said the township was referred to the state and the inspector in Stroudsburg refused to come to the township to check on a few dogs, which left the township with no way to get state laws enforced.

Supervisors did not pay the levy in 2012 and the notice also said they were in arrears for that year as well owing $693 for each year.

Supervisor Linda Benner questioned what the fee provided and stated that she knew that people who took stray animals to the animal shelter were charged $35 for rescuing the animals. She wondered if the levy was supposed to cover those fees.

The consensus of the supervisors who were present was to ask the county service to attend a meeting and explain which services the levy provides to them so Wieczorek and Benner moved to send the letter.

Supervisor Todd Weaver gave a consenting vote, which provided the 3-0 majority. Supervisors Bruce Steigerwalt and Frank Ruch were absent from the session. Wieczorek's motion requested the unit attend one of the upcoming meetings for a discussion.

In other business, supervisors noted that there was a vacancy on the Zoning/Hearing Board and decided to seek letters of intent from township residents who have an interest in serving on the board for the three year term. Anyone in the township should direct their letters to the Township Secretary Natalie Haggerty. The board will make a decision from interested applicants at a future meeting.

Also by 3-0 votes, supervisors approved the 2012 Real Estate Tax Delinquent List and placed it on file, exempted resident Nancy Wentz from real estate taxes under the provisions of the Veterans Exemption and accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Michael Morresi.

Several items were tabled due to the absence of two supervisors including:

• The agreement for the Lowe's and Walmart traffic signals.

• Discussion of recreation fee adjustments

• Street Opening resolution

• CDBG funding discussion.

The session concluded with an executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters.

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