It wasn’t on the agenda for last Tuesday’s (Sept. 3) Tunkhannock Township meeting, but supervisor Hoyt Keiser announced during the public comment period that he had met Eric May, owner of the Dunkin Donuts franchise at the intersection of Routes 92 and Rt. 6 Bypass, and the bottleneck that has sometimes materialized on Lane Hill Road will become a thing of the past some time this fall.
Keiser said May had expected to spend about $10,000 to create a re-routing of traffic particularly during peak times when people on Lane Hill Road are challenged by people intent to use the restaurant’s drive-thru.
Keiser said the cost will be more than double what was anticipated in creating a pattern that will utilize additional ground that May owns.
During the regular meeting the supervisors spoke about a new request from Reuther & Bowen, the engineer for Mark Tunkhannock, LLC, regarding stormwater activity that might impact a rail siding from the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad main line to a staging area for a new intermodal freight transfer station.
The transfer station is rumored to be for silica sand although sand was not mentioned in the latest document from Reuther & Bowen.
Secretary Judy Gingher said the engineer was merely looking for a Municipal Land Use Letter regarding stormwater regulations which essentially addresses that the township does not have zoning.
Although roadmaster Ken White was not present, Gingher have a road report and said the public could expect improvements in the near future on Beverly Dr., Whipporwill Hollow Rd., Sunnyside Rd. (nearest Billings Mill Rd.) and Jayne Rd.
Gingher said White had met with the developers of the BKV corporate office at the top of Mile Hill who were willing to pave Treible Road.
Keiser appreciated the gesture, and said, “It is better than we could have hoped for.”
In the police report, supervisor Randy White, who serves as police commissioner, spoke on behalf of Chief Ed Morristell who was on vacation, but noted new patrolman Ben Seibert had signed off on VASCAR training, and that the chief had participated in an active shooter drill training that allows him to train others.
In the Lazybrook Park report, Gingher noted a $1,050 donation was made on behalf of the Antique Machinery folks who had a show there in July.
Gingher also noted that contributions continue to come in to remember Billy Kresge with a frisbie golf course in the park.
Gingher also said she had been approached by resident Alice Van Dyke about using the former St. Peter’s Church site for a possible pickle ball court.
The secretary also noted that some monies arrived to reimburse the township for flood expenses thanks to documentation filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Under new business, Gingher acknowledged that Cargill got the bid to serve as the CoStars agency for salt purchases.
Under planning commission activity were minor subdivisions involving Richard Keller and Gary Russell in the redrawing of two separate lots on Vista Drive in the Shadowbrook subdivision.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church also had requested a sign permit which was granted.
The supervisors also announced about the county electronic recycling program on Sept. 14.