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Blue Ridge Communications has completed a 12-month project to bridge gigabit-speed internet to its entire service area, the company announced in a statement Tuesday.

Its top-tier offering now boasts download speeds of 1,000 megabits per second — one of the fastest speeds available to residential consumers in the U.S.

“Our 1 Gig launch represents our commitment to continued investment in our network and infrastructure,” Mark Masenheimer, vice president of operations for Blue Ridge, said in the statement. “We are deeply invested in this region and the people who live and work here.”

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Coming soon: Co-Working Office Space in Mountainhome / Cresco, PA.  Whether you need a desk and access to a shared conference room, or your own private suite... we build to suit! 

For details, contact editor@barrettcommunity.com

Editor's Note: Please be advised that there are health, privacy, and security implications that come along with this new technology!  Below is the actual letter that I recently received from PP&L about new "smart" meters being installed.

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May 11, 2018

In coming months, we will be replacing our electric meter on your property as part of our state-approved plan to upgrade all our customers' electric meters. Your new meter will benefit you in several ways: It will help us improve the reliability of your service by better detecting power outages. And, over time, the new meters will give you improved access to data that will help you manage your energy use. Here's what you can expect during the replacement:

5/22/18 - Update:

I was surprised to get a call back from Penn Dot. "Todd" filled me in on the schedule of roads to be repaired...highways first then secondary. He/They know all about 447 and get calls and emails every day.

But he said that should not stop people from logging their concerns.  The whole highway is scheduled for a repaving in 2019.  So let's bombard them.

Click here to submit a "customer concern" to PennDot.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease! 

Update 6/21/18:

Rebuild of Bridge Tunnel Delayed in Pocono Township

POCONO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A major road project in the Poconos that was expected to start this summer, won't begin until the fall.

PennDOT officials say they are still in the planning phase of rebuilding the Stone Bridge Tunnel on Route 191 in Pocono Township.

This stretch of Route 191 in Pocono Township is always busy. The roadway is a major thoroughfare connecting Stroud Township with Paradise and Barrett Townships.

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Original Post:

Bridge work will close 191 for 14 months
Marathoners and motorists beware.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will close the stone bridge tunnel on routes 191/447 in Pocono Township for a rebuild and repair, creating traffic havoc for over a year.

The roadway is a major thoroughfare connecting Stroud Township with Paradise and Barrett townships.

The project, still in the design phase, will begin sometime in June or July of 2018 and take about 14 months to complete, according to George Gumas of HNTB Corporation, the designer and manager of the project.

During the 2018 summer season, we will be paving Mill Creek Drive, High Road and Beartown Road. 
This decision was based on road conditions and traffic volume.

We will also pave Upper Seese Hill Road with the turnback funds from the state.

A planning meeting was held May 9, 2018 to discuss the bridge replacement on Route 447, south of the Canadensis traffic light.  (Near Stonewall Garden) The construction will not take place until 2021.  The current plan is to replace one lane of the bridge at a time so that the other lane will remain open.

Engineer's drawings are available for review in the Barrett Township building.  

Contact Information:
Laura Montgomery
Consultant Project Manager
c-lmontgom@pa.gov
7
17-540-6040

PUBLIC NOTICE
INVITATION TO BID

Barrett Township will receive Bids for two (2) Contracts for work to be done at the Firehouse located at 6690 Route 191, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. Contract 1 is for Roof Replacement. Contract 2 is for Engine Room Floor Replacement. Sealed bids must be clearly marked to indicate which contract (or both) is included. All construction work is to be included in one (1) Prime Contract for each project. Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis as indicated in the Bid Form. Sealed bids shall be submitted at the Barrett Township office, 993 Route 390, Cresco, PA by 4 p.m. (local time) on the 22nd day of May, 2018. Bids will be opened at a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 8 a.m. on the 23rd day of May, 2018. Bidding documents can be obtained from the Barrett Township Municipal Office during regular weekday business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Checks shall be payable to Barrett Township. Bids must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond issued by a surety licensed to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the amount of at least 10 percent (10%) of the total bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish and pay for a satisfactory performance and payment bond and labor and material bond in an amount of 100% of the contract amount. A certificate of insurance, showing proof of workers' compensation coverage, must also be submitted. Bids will be effective for 60 calendar days from the Bid opening date except as permitted by law, and may not be withdrawn during this period. The Contractor shall be required to pay wages in accordance with the PA Department of Labor and Industry Prevailing Wage Determination and execute Contract documents satisfactory to Township.

The Barrett Township Board of Supervisors intends to award the Contracts to the lowest responsible bidder(s) at the regular meeting on May 23, 2018, at 8 a.m. unless the Board announces a later date and time for the award. (emphasis added) The Board also reserves the unqualified right to reject any and/or all bids, or parts thereof, and to waive any defects, irregularities or portions thereof, as deemed to be in the best interest of the Township. P - May 9, May 12

[Update 5/23/18]
The Supervisors appointed Dina Rinehart to fill the auditor vacancy at the public meeting on Wednesday, May 23.

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS TO FILL VACANCY ON BARRETT TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDITORS TAKE NOTICE that Barrett Township invites interested applicants to submit letters of interest and resumes to fill a vacancy in the unexpired term of an auditor on the Barrett Township Board of Auditors. To be eligible for appointment, applicants must be electors of Barrett Township and must have resided continuously in the Township for at least one year prior to their appointment. The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and be subject to all the obligations and responsibilities for an auditor under the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code. Letters of interest and resumes will be received until 4 p.m., local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. Any letters or resumes received after this deadline will not be considered for the appointment.

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