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Polk Township Volunteer Fire Co. receives grant to buy gear

Published September 26. 2013 05:00PM

The Polk Township Volunteer Fire Co. fire chief Billy Tippet told the Polk Township supervisors that the fire company received a $92,500 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) through FEMA. The money will be used to buy structural fire fighting gear, wildfire and brush-fire fighting gear. The fire company must put $4,625.00 to that amount.

Tippet also reported that the fire company responded to 10 calls in the month of September. He also thanked the supervisors for funding the hepatitis vaccine for the firefighters. They will receive the third and final dose by the end of September.

Tippet invited the supervisors and board member and residents to the fire company's Fire Safety Open House event on Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon until 3 p.m. He asked for permission for the fire company to use the field next to the fire company and speakers for the event. The board gave its approval.

Supervisor chairman and roadmaster Brian Ahner reported that the road crew is doing some pitch paving by Camp Harlem, dirt patching and working on a swell in The Birches.

Zoning officer Gerald Zurat said 13 permits were issued, four permits are pending and three verbal complaints were received for the month of September.

The board approved, 3-0:

• to release a final payment for the Dotters Corner Road culvert project in the amount of $11,669.93 as soon as a couple of minor things are completed. The total cost of the project is $214,346.41, slightly under the amount the township received from a grant;

• the maintenance proposal for air conditioner and oil burner at $690 for a year;

• supporting Ross Township in its pursuit of Local Share Grant Funds to build a new municipal building;

• to direct the township solicitor James Fareri to commence appropriate action to address the violation of the Hughes property. There was a septic malfunction repair made be the occupants of the home without a permit and was not inspected.

The board held discussion on:

• moving in/moving out permits. Fareri said he obtained ordinances pertaining to these permits from the East Stroudsburg and Mt. Pocono municipalities and asked the supervisors to look them over for future discussion;

• the safety issue at the municipal property. Supervisor vice chairman Mike Hurley offered suggestions on how to make the township municipal property more secure, like locking the front door and buzzing visitors in; a camera system of DVR set to film when senses motion, perhaps four cameras with two at the recycling center, one inside the office and one outside. More can be added if the board felt it is needed. A keypad could be placed at the door for employees to enter codes. Township engineer Russ Kresge thought the front entrance could have an enclosed foyer. Hurley said he would fine tune the cost before next month's meeting.

• Ahner said that Flores Air Conditioning had not yet come to look at the municipal building's boiler. Supervisor Nancy May said that if they didn't hear from him soon, they should look into getting someone else because they're going to soon need heat.

• Ahner said he'd like to try something new this year for the township's Clean Up Days to alleviate the long line on the Saturday. He wants the people who bring their trash on Wednesdays to bring their Clean Up Day trash on Wednesday, Oct. 2 between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and the Saturday people bring their Clean Up Day trash on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. If Wednesday people cannot come Oct. 2, they will have to come to the office and ask for a Saturday pass.

The township received a letter from Robert Starrett, CRB, a national retailer, who would like to purchase township land along Route 209. The board asked Fareri to compose and send a letter to Starrett that the land was not for sale.

Ahner said that he was down two men on the road crew and is in need of a couple of men at least for the next six weeks. He suggested Tommy Longyhore. May said she had a couple of applications on file for Ahner to look at.

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