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Kidder Twp. opposes basin re-designation

Published May 19. 2017 02:48PM

Ellen Lott of the Nature Conservancy addressed the supervisors on Thursday evening regarding the conservancy's desire to have the Tunkhannock Watershed re-designated from a "high quality" designation to an "exceptional value" designation.

Lott explained that only part of the creek that ran through the township actually qualified for the exceptional value designation and therefore only that part was being considered in the request.

Lott said that the exceptional value rating would mean that any disturbance on the creek banks or any discharge into the creek would have to meet a certain set of standards.

The conservancy said the designation would not affect development.

Later, during the regular meeting supervisor Barbara Franzosa introduced a resolution which opposed the re-designation of the watershed. The motion passed unanimously.

The supervisors did not give any reasoning for their decision and did not take comments from the floor regarding the motion.

The supervisors did pass a resolution authorizing township manager Lisa Klem to apply for an Act 13 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program Grant.

They also agreed to file a letter in support of Tobyhanna Township which is also applying for the same grant. The trails being considered by Kidder Township will terminate at trails being designed by Tobyhanna Township.

The township also agreed to purchase a gazebo from Pine Creek Structures in the amount of $4,565 to be placed next to the new parking area. The gazebo will also mark the trailhead for the anticipated nature trail.

The township will also purchase a Ford F350 from Kovatch Inc. for use by the public works department. The truck will have a plow and lift-gate. The truck is a Costars purchase. The $34,806 will be purchased out of the liquid fuels account. The truck purchase is in the 2017 municipal budget.

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