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Monday, 18 October 2021 09:04

October 2021 Courthouse Update

The Monroe County Commissioners together with the Judiciary are proceeding with plans to renovate, modernize and build an addition to the County Courthouse. These improvements are a priority for the County and the Court, and are the result of over a decade of careful study that consistently demonstrated a need for both expansion and modernization. The Monroe County Courthouse was built in 1890 and an identically-sized addition was built in 1934; both portions were added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 18, 1979. The courthouse was last expanded in 1979 and since then, the courthouse has served our community well. However, meeting current needs has forced the use of spaces not designed as work areas. With space limitations and an increasingly aged facility, Monroe County Officials have embarked on a project to upgrade the existing courthouse and construct an addition. With planning underway, this page will be periodically updated with information regarding the Courthouse project.

Over 100 farmers in Monroe County are getting greater recognition for preserving their farms. The newly designed sign was unveiled today in Brodheadsville.

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:39

Fire Company Open House - October 10, 2021

Barrett Township Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 24th, 2021 • 2pm
(Rain Date 10/31/21)

Scarecrowville
October 1st - October 31st
Residents throughout Barrett Township

Edit: Cancelled due to weather forecast.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Rain Date: September 23, 2021

6339 Route 191, Cresco, PA 18326

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 • 12pm - 4pm
    (Rain Date 9/26/21)
    Hosted @ the former
    Barrett Elementary Center in Cresco

Details:
http://rotaryclubofthepoconomountains.com/concert-in-the-park/

Thursday, 09 September 2021 16:42

Township Management & Hiring Practices

I recently filed a Right to Know request about our township's job openings, asking for a copy of any help wanted, job opening, or career opportunity posting that the township put together in the last 5 years.  In 2019 Barrett Township reported almost $400,000 in payroll expenses so it would make sense that they regularly post ads and hold interviews, right?

Wrong.

The RTK response came back indicating the "records do not exist."

In other words, the Township has filled all of its employment needs by hiring people from within its own network, rather than advertising the openings and interviewing the best candidates for the positions.  

(source)

This started out as a simple request for a 5 year budget comparison. When the township treasurer was unable to provide the requested financial report, I requested the Quickbooks data file, so I could create the report myself. The response wobbled: first the RTK request response said that Quickbooks data is unavailable. Then I asked more questions and it turns out that they do have that Quickbooks file, now they are saying they can't share it because it has confidential information.

Which is it?

(Read the full article on my blog)

Editor's Note:
Rosemary Brown has been doing a series on local school budgets and funding, the first two were for other school districts in our area so I didn't include them.  Last week she sent out details about Pocono Mountain School district so here they are:


Weekly Series (3 of 5)
Education quality and funding continues to be a priority of mine, as well as creating an environment and policies that help reduce the rate of our school property tax bills.

For a deeper understanding of our education funding locally, we will review school district funding within the 189th Legislative District. (Including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain and Delaware Valley school districts). Over the last 10 years in my position as your state representative, we have made tremendous progress in improving state funding to our school districts, and although it is not perfect, the progress has been strong, which you will see.

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