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(Note: PDF budget available in the attachments area below)

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF BARRETT TOWNSHIP, pursuant to Section 3202 of the Second Class Township, hereby gives public notice that the proposed budget for Barrett Township for fiscal year 2019 is available for public inspection at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, during regular business hours. The Board of Supervisors further gives notice that it will hold a special meeting on December 19, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the above referenced Barrett Township Municipal Building for the purpose of considering adoption of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. If there are no changes to the proposed budget, the Board intends to adopt the proposed budget at the special meeting on December 19, 2018, at 8 a.m. Any and all interested persons are invited to inspect the proposed budget, to attend the special meeting where adoption of the budget shall be considered, and to offer such comments in relation to the proposed budget as they may desire. The proposed budget may be examined without charge, and copies of the same may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof, at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, during regular business hours. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this public meeting and require auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact the Township at (570) 595-2602 to discuss how your needs may be best accommodated. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esq. 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Nov. 29

Goodbye Scarewcrowville, Hello Christmasville!

Pack up your scarecrows, roll out the twinkly lights and Santa's sliegh because Christmasville is coming to town!

Decorate your home or business for the holidays and register online by December 17th!

  1. Decorate your Barrett Township home or business
  2. Register online at www.rotaryclubofthepoconomountains.com
  3. Winner will be announced December 23rd.

A list of decorated homes and businesses will be available onine for local residents to check out.

 

Editor's Note: 
For those that don't remember, lawmakers in Harrisburg failed to pass a budget in 2016.  The following year, they passed a combination 2016-2017 budget.  Now, projections for 2018 indicate "potential budget imbalance of up to $1.71 billion in the upcoming fiscal year." (Related: Why Pennsylvania's Governor Hasn't Signed a Budget in 3 Years)


Original Article

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office is pretty much what it sounds like – an agency outside the Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Revenue tasked with taking an unbiased view of the state’s financial picture.

The IFO, staffed with economists and analysts, releases dry, analytical reports designed to help guide lawmakers to make good policy decisions. IFO reports are generally not prone to making inflammatory remarks.

Nevertheless, the IFO’s recently released projection for the next five years was accompanied by an alarming phrase: “Updated revenue and expenditure estimates suggest policymakers could face a potential budget imbalance of up to $1.71 billion in the upcoming fiscal year.”

Editor's Note:
For those who don't remember, they tried 'outsourcing school bus drivers' in Chattanooga, Tennessee and it made the news in 2016:

Report: Driver Asked Kids ‘Are You Ready To Die’ Before Crashing Bus In Chattanooga

This driver was found guilty in 2018 for the crash, and subsequently charged with statutary rape.  


(Original Article Pocono Record)

Despite Election Day being over, yard signs have been popping up throughout communities in the Poconos over the past couple of weeks.

Community members have been campaigning to drum up support for the transportation staff at Pocono Mountain School District before the school board hosts a public meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to potentially outsource those services.

The signs began to dot lawns and the sides of streets after the district’s school board announced at a Sept. 5 meeting that they would be looking into the possibility of outsourcing transportation services. The transportation department is made up of 150 bus drivers, 35 additional staff and 170 buses. The cost of operating the department in 2017 was more than $15.2 million, according to Wendy Frable, PMSD public relations director.

Looking for a free place to drop your bagged leaves? 
I'll take them, for making compost.  Email editor@barrettcommunity.com or text me (570.576.7497) to arrange drop off (located in Mountainhome). 

Did you know that there used to be a YMCA in Mountainhome?  How about Solar-Way, a Solar Design and Installation Service?  Lots of gems in this old publication.  The old library, Cresco station... a handful of organizations are still open for business in town!  

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE Estate of Patricia A. Haines, deceased Late of Barrett Township, Monroe County Letters of Administration in the above named estate having been granted to the undersigned, all persons indebted to the estate are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims are directed to present the same without delay to the undersigned or her attorney within four months from the date hereof and to file with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the Forty-Third Judicial District, Orphans' Court Division, a particular statement of claim, duly verified by an Affidavit setting forth an address with the County where notice may be given to Claimant. Tracey L. Haines-Qiaquinta, Administratrix c/o Timothy B. Fisher II, Esquire FISHER & FISHER LAW OFFICES P.O. Box 396 Gouldsboro, PA 18424 PR - Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23

By Kevin Conroy

In the mid-1970’s, the Cresco Railroad Station may have been the loneliest spot in the Poconos. The place gave no hint of its past, a roiling past that included as many as a thousand passengers a day, the parking lot jammed with horses and buggies and automobiles that would turn today’s heads. There were fortunes made in trade. Among the thousands of pieces of freight delivered there? Five barrels of pork delivered to Cresco in 1896 from Armour & Co, in 1900 a one hundred twenty-five pound barrel of soap, freight charge 25¢.

Editor's Note:
Why wasn't this guy locked up when he was charged for his prior arrests?  

CANADENSIS — Chester Botch, 49, was charged this week with selling heroin out of his Beartown Road home in Barrett Township after an Oct. 24 incident there.

Botch was placed in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail and is awaiting a district court hearing.

[Editor's Note: Unfortunately, the recycling center in Barrett is now closed...]

With recycling and waste programs struggling throughout the region, recent grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be providing much needed relief.

A total of eight Monroe County organizations received nearly $2 million to be used for different types of recycling program and education.

“By providing these grants, we are helping bolster recycling in communities all over Pennsylvania, and reduce the amount of material going into our landfills,” said Patrick McDonnell, Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) secretary.

The state’s DEP announced earlier this month that 195 county and municipal governments would be receiving $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation grants In Monroe County, eight programs received a total of $1,993,805. The grants can be used for recycling and education programs, as well as leaf collection.

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