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Kidder Twp. declares COVID-19 emergency, completes police business

Kidder Township has adopted an emergency declaration authorizing the township to act to meet the COVID-19 emergency. The declaration allows the township to buy needed supplies and materials, adding temporary staff if needed and entering into contracts for public work to meet the emergency.

In relation to the emergency declaration, Supervisors’ Chairman Thomas Bradley said the township will need to review and update its emergency preparedness plan.

Supervisors approved hiring part-time police officer Vince Morrow as a full-time officer. Morrow steps up to cover for an officer recovering from an injury. The police department is waiting for the arrival of its new police vehicle, and was able to sell the vehicle that was retired for a higher price than the dealership offered for its trade-in.

Walker Township near Tamaqua will buy the unit, stripped of its radio and computer, as is, for $5,750.


With the improving weather, roadmaster Bruce Berger will meet with the township engineer from ARRO Consulting to look at the roads, and to contract ARRO to prepare specs for paving projects for this year. Supervisors want to get stormwater issues on Kirk Street and Kresge Lane resolved before any paving.

The meeting between Lake Harmony Estates and Lake Harmony Fire Company Chief Ralph Lennon to site a new dry hydrant has been delayed. Lennon said he expects to meet with them soon.

In other business, supervisors approved the combining of two lots in Holiday Pocono for Ronald and Jeanette Smith, and added a property back onto the tax rolls from the tax claim repository. Police, fire, EMS, codes, sewage, zoning and planning reports were accepted.

The next regular meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 16.

Walker Township in Schuylkill County is getting a 2013 Ford Interceptor with a police package, including police markings and the police light bar. The vehicle was to be a trade-in by Kidder Township toward a new police vehicle. Instead, it's going to Walker Township for $5,750. The car has over 136,000 miles on it. It will replace the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria that the Walker Township Police have been using. SETH ISENBERG/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS