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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.

Background: There are 15 second-class townships in Monroe County. All of them function with 3 elected supervisors except three: Barrett, Tobyhanna, and Coolbaugh.

Editor's Note: My concern about having a "Land Bank" is - what happens when they are the largest landlord in town?
Disclaimer: The ideas expressed above are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

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Over the past decade, Pennsylvania has expanded the tools available to local governments to fight blight and return vacant or blighted properties to productive use. The state passed the Land Bank Act in 2012.

“Monroe County has been looking into this bringing this Land Bank ordinance to help fight blight for the past four years,” said John Moyer, Chairman of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners. “Just last week, we appointed the Redevelopment Authority as the entity that would be responsible for pulling off this Land Bank.”

The Redevelopment Authority is an arm or entity of the county that currently does housing rehabilitation for elderly people, weatherization, among other things, and now this Land Bank said Moyer.

Monday, 07 October 2019 09:49

Idea: Barrett Banks - Shared Security Guard

Due to the fact that all three banks in Mountainhome have been robbed since 2015, after the Barrett Police department disbanded, I wanted to share an idea that I heard:

The three banks should share the cost of an armed security guard. They would patrol the section of Route 390 where First Keystone, NBT, and ESSA are situated along a 0.8 mile stretch of road.

MOUNTAINHOME — Pocono Mountain Regional Police are searching for a bank robber. According to Police Chief Chris Wagner, the First Keystone Community Bank at 1154 Route 390 in Mountainhome was robbed just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall, heavy set male, wearing a grey-hooded sweat suit. The suspect was wearing a mask and gloves and therefore his race was unknown at the time of this story.

According to Wagner, at the time of the incident the suspect entered the bank and accessed a teller drawer, removing bundled US currency. After removing the currency, he fled on foot across Route 390 and up toward Golf Drive.

Monday, 23 September 2019 10:46

Independent Auditor's Report: 2018

From the August 28, 2019 Supervisor meeting minutes:

Supervisor May LaBar asked about an update on the Community Park at Ice Lake. It was noted that Solicitor Todd Weitzmann was waiting on the Easement Agreement being completed with Paradise Township. Executive Secretary, Pam Gardsy gave an update of the work being completed for Phase 1 of the Ice Lake Grant which includes the site grading and clearing, well, septic system and walking paths. Supervisor Patti O’Keefe asked about the type of septic system being installed. Sewage Enforcement Officer Jeryl Rinehart will provide her information on the Norweco At-Grade Septic System.

From the Supervisor Meeting Minutes, August 28, 2019:

a. William Pipolo, Jr. made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 082819 to request a Local Share Account grant in the amount of $280,000 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be used for the design and construction work related to the Old Canadensis Road Bridge replacement. The motion was seconded by May LaBar and carried. All Supervisors voted aye.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has announced the re-opening of two programs in addition to the Dairy Investment Program: the Pennsylvania Small Water Program and PA H2O.

PA Small Water provides funding for activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects. Eligible projects are those which have a total project cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000.

PUBLIC NOTICE Intent to Remediate to an Environmental Standard. (Sections 302(e)(1)(ii), 303(h)(1)(ii), 304(n)(1)(i), and 305(c)(1)) Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, P.L. 4, No. 1995-2. Notice is hereby given that Cresco Realty, LLC has submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection a Notice of Intent to Remediate a site located at 1 Weiler Dr., Barrett Township, Monroe County. This Notice of Intent to Remediate states that the site is currently an active brush/abrasives manufacturing plant. The site has been found to be contaminated with heating oil which has contaminated soil and groundwater underlying the site. Cresco Realty, LLC has indicated that the proposed remediation measures will be to characterize the soil and groundwater impacts, remediate, and collect attainment samples. The anticipated future use of the property will be for non-residential purposes. P - Sept. 21

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF INTENT TO REMEDIATE Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, P.L. 4, No. 1995-2. ("Act 2"), notice is hereby given that J.A. Reinhardt & Co., Inc. has submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP") a Notice of Intent to Remediate ("NIR") a site located at 3319 Spruce Cabin Road, Barrett Township, Monroe County, PA. This NIR states that the site is an active aerospace manufacturing plant. Site soils and groundwater have been found to be impacted with VOCs, SVOCs and metals. J.A. Reinhardt & Co., Inc. has indicated that the proposed remediation measures will be supplemental investigation with risk assessment to ensure adequate protection of human health and environment. The proposed future use of the property will remain non-residential for industrial use. P - Sept. 20