Polk officials discuss security
The Polk Township supervisors held a moment of silence in memory of the three men who lost their lives at the Aug. 5 Ross Township supervisors' meeting, Dave Fleetwood, Gerard Kozic and James LaGuardia.
Brian Ahner, chairman, said that since the shooting, Polk has been looking into what can be done to make the municipal building more secure.
Mike Hurley, vice chairman and also a licensed electrician, said that there are several options. One would be to install cameras, even at the recycling center, which might serve as a deterrent. The tapes could also serve as video evidence.
Another option would be to lock the front doors and buzz people in. A silent panic button that notifies police can be installed.
"We're looking into the cost of these measures," Hurley said.
Christine Meinhart-Fritz, senior planner from the Monroe County Planning Commission, submitted to the board a draft of a letter to be sent to a random sampling of 10 percent of the residents of Polk Township along with a questionnaire, asking for their cooperation to fill it out and return it. The Regional Comprehensive Planning Committee wants feedback on the Regional Comprehensive Plan for Chestnuthill, Jackson, Eldred, Ross and Polk townships. The goal of the plan is to develop growth management strategies to help the five municipalities plan logical development patterns and protect resources which are important to the community.
There are 14 questions. One asks the person to indicate if satisfied with a list of aspects of the region, ranging from environmental quality, housing cost, cost of living, access to shopping, traffic volumes, police service and more. Another question asks if the resident agrees or disagrees with planning issues facing the region in the next 10 years, such as natural resource protection, road improvements, water quality protection, emergency services, housing affordability, school tax rate and more.
Residents who do not receive a copy of the questionnaire, but who would like to participate, may pick up a copy at the Polk Township municipal building located on Polk Township Road, Kresgeville.
In other township business, the board approved, 3-0:
• The Mark and Christine Marie Tretter lot joinder at Robin Hood Lake with contingents
• Waggin' Tails Inc. minor subdivision and lot combination on Windy Hill Road, subject to obtaining a driveway permit
• Len Rolicelli's time extension request to July 1, 2016.
• Request change orders relating to the Dotters Corner Road culvert project. The total cost of the project to date is a little over $214,000, still under the amount that the township was given in grant money for the project.
One resident raised a concern of traffic speeding now that the project is finished. Chairman Ahner said that the township will have to keep an eye on it after the signage is placed.
• Salem UCC will resubmit an application for the placement of an 8-foot by 10-foot shed and township solicitor James Fareri would recommend that the zoning officer approve the application with conditions.
• Blanche Strausberger and Nancy May as authorized signatures for Polk Township Veterans' checking account and Pat Foucault and Nancy May as authorized signatures for the township historical society's checking account.
In a discussion about the legality of access to a lot, owned by Lonnie Ringe, located on the corner of Lower Middle Creek Road and Evergreen Road where he owns half of the road. Township engineer Russ Kresge and solicitor Fareri agree that there should be some kind of agreement made between Ringe's lawyer and the development's association's lawyer. Ahner said the supervisors are kicking it back to their lawyers.
Discussion was held concerning:
• How to get the word out that it is important for people to apply for moving permits because that information is needed for tax purposes. Fareri said he would look into how some other municipalities handle it.
• Required signage for Open Space lands bought with county funds. Ahner wondered what kinds of signs were needed. Meinhart-Fritz said the Monroe County Commissioners felt the signs were needed as a tool to let the public know what property was in Open Space. Concerns were raised that the signs would just be vandalized or stolen.
• A request from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to support a proposed pawnshop ordinance. Fareri said it was an attempt to regulate pawn shops because of people stealing and then selling the items at pawnshops. He said there was already a state statute on this and didn't know what the townships would be able to do.
"It's well intended but the state should step in. I would send the request to PSATS and put this on hold until further discussion," Fareri said.