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Monday, 18 February 2019 21:33

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.

Please note that this article has been updated to include details about the $148,270 grant that was used to renovate the Barrett Firehouse.

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 18:15

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.

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.  

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 01:28

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
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:09

Barrett overhauls 30-year-old firehouse

Two years ago, Chief Grover Cleveland thought it would take until at least 2023 to complete the renovations necessary to repair Barrett Township’s 30-year-old firehouse.

Thanks to a $148,270 grant the volunteer fire company received last year, they were able to complete all of that work in less than 12 months.

“It’s really nice and I’m glad we were able to do it without taking money from the township,” Cleveland said. “It helps out with training, cleanliness. We’re able to have two things going on at once.”

PUBLIC NOTICE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE Notice is hereby given that the 2019 regular meetings of the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors will be held at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings are scheduled as follows: on second Wednesdays at 5:30 P.M. ( Feb 13, March 13, Apr 10, May 8, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Sep 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11) and on fourth Wednesdays at 8:00 A.M. (Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 22, Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 28, Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 27; no meeting in Dec.) If any person with a disability wishes to request that special accommodations be made to allow his or her participation, he or she is asked to contact the Township at 570-595-2602, at least one business day in advance to make arrangements. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Jan. 11

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