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PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING INTENT TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE TAKE NOTICE that the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to ordain and enact an ordinance authorizing Barrett Township to enter into, with Paradise Township, a Second Amendment to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, dated April 8, 2004, originally establishing a regional joint park and recreation board to operate, administer, and maintain the three (3) properties jointly owned by Barrett and Paradise Townships and the Borough of Mount Pocono, and the First Amendment thereto, dated March 16, 2015, which removed the Borough of Mount Pocono as a participant in the regional joint park and recreation board and reorganized and renamed the new regional joint park and recreation board on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8 a.m. The hearing will be held at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326. The Board will consider adopting and enacting the ordinance as well as other business coming before the Board at that time.

The full, attested text of the proposed ordinance can be reviewed at the Monroe County Law Library, the Pocono Record, and Barrett Township Municipal Building. Copies of the full text of the proposed ordinance can be purchased at the Barrett Township Municipal Building for the actual costs of reproduction. In lieu of setting forth the full text of the proposed ordinance and the Second Amendment to the existing Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and First Amendment thereto, a summary is set forth herein: The Ordinance to be enacted by the Township of Barrett, Monroe County, Pennsylvania ("Barrett" or the "Township") is to enter into an Second Amendment to the existing Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and First Amendment thereto ("Second Amendment), which Second Amendment amends the aforementioned previously adopted Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements, as follows: The purpose of the Second Amendment is, among other things, to provide a legal framework for the Townships of Barrett and Paradise to jointly administer a regional park and recreation board for the three (3) properties jointly owned by the Townships. The Second Amendment authorizes: i) the incorporation of the recitals; ii) the establishment of a regional park and recreation commission known as the "Pocono Area Recreation Commission" (the "Commission") with five (5) members on the Board and a process for appointments thereto; iii) the establishment of provisions for board members terms, voting rights, reporting responsibilities, removal/termination, and vacancies; iv) the establishment of officers the Commission; v) meeting requirements; vi) quorum for Commission business; vii) the establishment of rules for conducting business; viii) the control, operation, and oversight of recreational properties (Ice Lake Park, Seven Pines Park, and Skywood Park); ix) the allowance for assignment of additional property oversight; x) the disallowance of ownership of real property; xi) retention of ownership and maintenance responsibility with the municipalities except as provided therein; xii) the Commission to perform certain repairs or additions; xiii) the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Commission; xiv) the power to contract for equipment, supplies, and services under certain conditions; xv) the implementation of the regional park, recreation, and open space plan; xvi) the establishment and enforcement powers for rules and regulations for use of recreational properties; xvii) the employment of personnel/professional consultants; xviii) the issuance by March 15th of each year an annual report and the posting of meeting minutes within one (1) week of a meeting; xix) the establishment of a fiscal calendar year; xx) a funding formula for municipal contributions; xxi) the implementation of residential and nonresidential fees; xxii) a process for budget submission; xxiii) how maintenance and operations funding for the properties is determined; xxiv) the time frame for municipal contributions and interest for late payments; xxv) a process for providing and tracking in kind municipal services; xxvi) governmental accounting standard board (GASB) principles be utilized including for capital improvements; xxvii) limiting the ability of one (1) Township to unilaterally make capital improvements if the capital improvement is not cost neutral to the budget; xxviii) the Commission to apply for funding for capital improvements; xxix) a limitation on any debt for the Commission unless unanimous approval by the municipalities; xxx) an audit once funding level of the Commission exceeds One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars; xxxi) the Commission to establish bank accounts and requires two (2) signatures for checks; xxxii) the establishment of insurance requirements and the waiver of claims; xxxiii) the establishment of immunity; xxxiv) proportional liability for the municipalities for actions not covered by insurance; xxxv) an effective date and term of the Second Amendment; renewal requirements; xxxvi) a procedure for withdrawing from the Commission and the distribution of Commission assets; xxxvii) Pennsylvania as the governing law; xxxviii) the establishment of a procedure for municipal approvals of Commission action and subsequent amendments to the Second Amendment; and xxxix) a severability provision and a repealer of the April 8, 2004 Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and the First Amendment thereto. The ordinance additionally provides for a short title; establishes legislative intent and legal authority for enactment of the Ordinance; approves and provides the authority to enter into the Second Amendment; sets forth a duration for the agreement; establishes the purposes and objectives of the Second Amendment; provides for severability; provides for a repealer of inconsistent ordinance; and establishes an effective date for the Ordinance. Todd W. Weitzmann, Solicitor for Barrett Township Board of Supervisors P - Feb. 20

Monday, 18 February 2019 16:33

Gaming Funds Received since 2016: $0.00?

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Earlier this year, I filed a right to know request with Barrett Township requesting "documentation of all moneys received related to the Mount Airy Casino since 2014."

The response from the township was as follows:

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING The Zoning Hearing Board of Barrett Township has scheduled a public hearing in the Barrett Township Municipal Building in Cresco, Pennsylvania on March 5, 2019, at 6 p.m., for consideration of a Variance Application. The Applicant is Barrett Township. The Township seeks relief from the 50-foot lot line setback requirement in Section 1003, subsection C.5.a of the Barrett Township Zoning Ordinance so it may develop an outdoor recreation facility (playground, paths and parking) in a proposed municipal park. The Township is seeking relief because the property is narrow. The property is located at Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326 and is owned by the Applicant. The property contains 1.09 acres and has the tax parcel identification number 01-6376-02-77-4045. It is in a Residential (R) zoning district and is unimproved land. Notice of this public hearing is given in accordance with the Barrett Township Zoning Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, as amended. Richard L. Price, Jr., Chairman Ralph Fish, Jr., Member Jill Shoesmith, Member BARRETT TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD ALAN PRICE YOUNG, ESQUIRE Barrett Township Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor Young & Haros, LLC 802 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360-1602 PR - Feb. 15, Feb. 22
Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:15

Short Term Rental Article + Example Ordinance

Paradise Township passes short-term rental ordinance 

(From 2017)

Paradise Township supervisors unanimously approved a controversial ordinance regulating short-term rentals following a hearing Monday night.

The ordinance sets rules and standards for homeowners who rent their properties for between one and 30 days. Its intention is to provide for the health, welfare and safety of renters, but also includes protections for surrounding neighbors.

Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:16

Township Tracker

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

I am making available the files from 1998 onwards that I have in my possession, including meeting minutes, budgets, auditor meetings, reorganization meetings, and more.  

Please note that these records are considered unofficial since they are not coming directly from the Township.  Also note that there may be errors and omissions in the chart below.  If you spot any errors please send an email to editor@barrettcommunity.com so that I can revise the chart.  And, if you happen to have any of the missing records in your possession, I would be happy to include them.  

The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains’ Banners Throughout Barrett campaign is a local initiative designed to cultivate pride in our community and contribute to the revitalization of Barrett and Paradise Townships. Complete the form (see attachments) to purchase a banner.

Disclaimer:  The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

Earlier this year I filed a Right-to-Know request as a private citizen to view the township’s pension plan.

 

Why should residents care?

Well, for starters, township residents were taxed $55,000 in 2017 to fund the plan which has around $1 million in assets.  In the same year, the State of Pennsylvania contributed an additional $32,000 to the pension fund.  

Monday, 04 February 2019 20:28

This is NOT an audit of Barrett Township

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or its Board of Auditors. 

After I was appointed auditor in November 2018, I requested a copy of the previous year’s CPA audit from Pam Gardsy (Barrett Township Secretary/Treasurer, who replaced Rick Scrudato in 2015).  Pam emailed a copy of the auditor’s report, but it did not include the cover letter.  I wound up filing two Right-To-Know requests to obtain the following information:  

Gov. Wolf stalled the release until after the election

More than 11,000 people who were registered to vote in Pennsylvania were found to not be citizens of the United States — and the state's Democratic governor didn't want anyone to know about it.

What's the story?
Two Republican state lawmakers, Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and Garth Everett, released the information Tuesday. Metcalfe had requested this information from the state in February 2018, but the request was appealed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, and stalled until Dec. 3, after the elections had already wrapped up.

On Dec. 3, the Pennsylvania Department of State sent a letter to Metcalfe, which indicated that a "possible" 11,198 voter registrations existed for people who were identified by the state as non-citizens.

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE Estate of Suzanne R. Dotta Late of the Township of Barrett Monroe County, Pennsylvania WHEREAS, Letters Administration in the above-named estate have been granted to the undersigned, all persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment and those having claims or demands to present the same without delay to: Richard L. Dotta, Administrator c/o Kendahl B. DiFelice, Esq. 1 S. Main Street Nazareth, PA 18064 PETERS, MORITZ, PEISCHL, ZULICK, LANDES & BRIENZA, LLP ATTORNEYS 1 SOUTH MAIN STREET NAZARETH PA 18064 PR - Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8
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