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SR 447 will close both directions for bridge replacement work from the intersection of Golf Drive to the intersection of Long Road in Barrett Township, Monroe County. A detour is established utilizing SR390 North to Roemersville Road to Hemlock Grove Road and back to SR 447. Work will begin 03/25/19 and Estimated Date and Time to Reopen (ETR) will be 08/30/19.

PUBLIC NOTICE SHERIFF'S SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE By virtue of a certain Writ of Execution (Mortgage Foreclosure) issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to 1401 CIVIL 2018, I, Todd A. Martin, Sheriff of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will expose the following described real estate to public sale in the Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania on Thursday, March 28, 2019 AT 10:00 A.M. PURCHASERS MUST IMMEDIATELY PAY 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE OR SHERIFF'S COST...WHICHEVER IS HIGHER BY CASHIERS CHECK ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of land situate in the Township of Barrett, County of Monroe, and State of Pennsylvania, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the east side of Oak Street on the hereinafter referred to map, a corner of lands of Jules A. Muraro, et ux. THENCE along the south side of Oak Street, north forty three degrees forty five minutes east ninety seven and seventy five one hundredths feet to a corner of Lot No. 22 on said map; THENCE y the same south forty six degrees fifteen minutes east one hundred fifty feet to a point in line of lands of Ads Stright; THENCE by said Stright's lands south forty three degrees forty five minutes west ninety seven and seventy five one hundredths feet to a point in line of Lot No. 20 on said map; THENCE by Lot No. 20 North forty six degrees fifteen minutes west one hundred fifty feet to the place of beginning.

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.

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

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.  

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.

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