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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 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

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

PUBLIC NOTICE WORK SESSION SCHEDULE Notice is hereby given that the 2019 work session 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 third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Work session meetings are scheduled as follows: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18. 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 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Jan. 11

Just a quick FYI to anyone who uses propane to heat their homes - I just got pricing today from local propane suppliers and found Heller's Gas to be the best price at $1.45 / gallon.

The highest price was $2.69 / gallon.  It pays to own your tank and price shop each fill!  

Editor's Note:
A member of the community forwarded this article to me and I want to share the idea with everyone. Last year, the recycling center in Barrett closed, and this might be a great way to respond. It's environmentally friendly and we'd be creating value out of items that we used to discard...

 

These DIY Machines Let Anyone Recycle Plastic Into New Products

The majority of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year isn’t recycled, and recycling that does happen typically happens at an industrial scale in factories using equipment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But a growing number of designers are using a set of open-source, easy-to-build tools to recycle plastic and manufacture new plastic products on their own.

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Update 2/12/19

Related:
Tunnel Detour in the Poconos Riddled with Potholes

Stites Tunnel project will impact thousands of drivers

POCONO TOWNSHIP — A PennDOT construction project on Route 191 is expected to cause detours for more than 5,000 commuters per day for 11 months during 2019.

Crews will be replacing the Route 191 Bridge in Pocono Township and detours in the area are expected to last from Jan. 7 until the projected completion date in Dec. 2019.

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