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Township defends emergency plan

Published November 01. 2013 05:00PM

Polk Township supervisors want residents to know the township has an emergency plan

Reacting to a published report that listed Monroe municipalities' plans, but no response from Polk, Supervisor Nancy May said the township has provided laptops to the roadmaster and emergency coordinator for downloading updates on the Hazard Mitigation Plan and Emergency Operations Plan and lists other procedures the township has in place in case of emergencies.

May said the actual emergency operations detals are ot to be distributed and are not subject to the state Right-To-Know law.

Brian Ahner, Polk Township supervisor chairman/roadmaster, said the road crew is busy sealing cracks, cutting trees and preparing the road equipment for the upcoming winter.

In a report on the township's solid waste, Ahner said the dumpsters need new lettering. The township is also considering doing away with "Clean Up Days." He visited the Chestnuthill Township recycling center and is hoping to revamp Polk's by next year.

Jim Lambert of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Plan was at the meeting and complimented the township on its recycling center, stating that when anyone asks for an example of what works, he tells them to go see Polk Township and Chestnuthill Township's centers. "You have great programs."

Billy Tippet, the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company chief, reported that the company responded to 21 emergency calls through Oct. 28. The 3,000-gallon tanker is back from being refurbished. It requested that the township continue to plow and salt its parking lots and driveways for the upcoming winter.

Supervisor vice chairman Mike Hurley said that they are still working on what the township wants in regards to installing security at the township property.

"Hopefully we'll know what we want to do by the beginning of next year," he said.

The board approved the purchase a new boiler for the township building from George's Heating and Plumbing for $6,480, the lesser of the three quotes it received.

Thomas Longyhore Jr. was hired to help at the recycling center and road crew as needed.

Resident Virginia Lamendola presented the board with a petition with 19 signatures requesting a speed limit of 35 mph because her cat was killed, of mailboxes being knocked over, accidents happening along Lower Middle Creek Road. Township engineer Russ Kresge said that the road is not currently posted with any speed limit. To request a 35 mph limit would require a study which could cost thousands of dollars but the township could post it at 25 mph without a study and no cost, except for the signs. The board approved the 25 mph posting to be placed from Mount 'N' Dale Estates to Route 534.

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