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Tunkhannock Township supervisors approved a mandatory hookup ordinance for its residents who live around Lake Carey to tie into a proposed sewage collection system.

There was no discussion, but supervisors Glenn Shupp and Hoyt Keiser supported the measure with Randy White opposing it.

White had spoken out in previous meetings regarding its affordability, and while the hookups won’t come cheap - with a $3000 tapping fee per customer, according to the sewer authority’s website - the whole context of a sewage collection system around Lake Carey improved three weeks ago when the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest) gave the project an outright grant of $10 million, and made possible an additional $3.3 million in loans.

The Lemon Township Tunkhannock Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority is expected to serve 390 customers around Lake Carey and vicinity, and the sewage collection system is likely to become operational by 2021.

Lemon Township supervisors were also expected to approve a mandatory hookup ordinance at their meeting Tuesday night, but this paper went to press before they took a vote.

On Monday, the supervisors acknowledged receipt of a document about the Lake Carey Treatment Plant which is to be sited off Billings Brook Road behind the Shadowbrook Resort. During the public meeting, the supervisors chose to table action on a document forwarded to them from the county planning office. However, after the public meeting, the supervisors met in executive session, to address a personnel matter, and at that time reviewed the document from the planning office about the sewer plant with “no comments,” according to secretary Judy Gingher.

Gingher noted a vote was taken during the executive session, to appoint Shupp and Keiser co-roadmasters, removing Ken White from that position, effective immediately.

During the regular part of the meeting, not attended by Ken White, Keiser gave the road department report for October, noting that all trucks are now inspected and ready for snowplowing season. He noted, “the township needs salt badly” and a delivery was expected soon. Keiser also spoke about some issues with the lower garage with three windows broken and two vents needed installed,which Keiser said the job could be completed for roughly $2,200, according to a quote from Mike Goodwin. The supervisors voted to allow the repairs to be made.

Police Chief Ed Morristell gave the township police report for October and noted all but one of the officers are weapons qualified. The unit also participated in a CPR training with Tunkhannock Community Ambulance. Chief Morristell acknowledged a 3-year contract has been entered into that will continue Tunkhannock Township Police Coverage for Falls Township. Gingher said that the amount contracted for in the first year was $33,990 and would be increased by three percent for each of the next two years.

Under the park report, Gingher noted the season was winding down, and all but one port-a-potty has been removed. Water has also been shutoff. A bulletin board was in the process of being replaced as were repairs to a gazeebo, all at a cost of $390.

Randy White gave the Triton fire report noting there were eight calls in the township during October. Asked about a status report on possible new fire hydrants in the borough and township, White said no agreement has been reached with the agency pitting in the water line.

The matter of a 2020 budget came up, without supporting documents immediately available to the public. Gingher said there was no tax increase. Tuesday morning, Gingher reported overall budget numbers for 2020, reflecting $1,850,059 revenues across all budgeted areas with expenses projected at $1,894,343.

Changes noted in minutes from an Oct. 21 budget workshop included an increase anticipated in real estate revenue due to new commercial development. Act 13 gas fund, police pension fund, and next year’s road projects were discussed. The budget did not take into consideration any funds left over from this year. The recommendation was to keeping the same real estate tax at 5.5 mils and fire protection at 1.5 mils. The budget will be available for public inspection for at least 20 days starting Nov. 5, and is expected to be voted on at the township’s Dec. 2 meeting.

Supervisors acknowledged they did receive from the Department of Environmental Protection acknowledgement that an Erosion & Sediment Control plan had been filed for Mark Tunkhannock LLC for a rail siding project.

This has been widely speculated as a sand transfer facility, but supervisors said they had not received any further information about it.