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Barrett Township has been awarded an LSA Grant for $148,270 for the Firehouse Renovations Project. The renovations include: Roof, Painting, Meeting Rooms Flooring, Engine Room Flooring, Folding Door (Meeting room), Furnace, AC, Overhead Doors, Sound Blocks and Doors.  Work is anticipated to start Summer 2018

The Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company is vital. "Their firehouse here is the hub of all the activity," says Pam Gardsy, Barrett Township's Executive Secretary Treasurer.

But the building is falling apart.

Gardsy adds, "it's very dated."

Thanks to a $148,000 dollar grant, the firehouse's floors, roof, and heating system will be repaired.

On December 16th a festive Buck Hill Falls Holiday luncheon organized by radiant Lucy Stone Cusano was held in the beautiful art-filled Fairway Grille. With about 50 ladies in attendance the holiday season was celebrated with happy conversation and laughter not far from a warm fireplace and delicious chicken entrees and appetizers. Adding to the holiday spirit, Santa took a brief respite from the North Pole frenzy and entertained the group with song. Although in his haste Santa had forgotten to don his red pants, his boisterous Christmas mood was unaffected as he joyously belted out a raucous rendition of Psycho Santa.

Barrett Township Historical Society

General Membership Meeting

January 19, 2018

Short business meeting begins at 2:00pm, followed by speaker Amy Leiser, Director of Monroe County Historical Association, presenting Women Who Made History in Monroe County

All at the Friendly Community Center on Route 191 (across from the MUMC Church at the 390/191 split)

All Welcome. Refreshments. Free.

Contact:
Donna Bisset
570-595-2857

What: Community Christmas Open House
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Cresco Station Museum - Sandspring Road, Cresco, PA

Come join the FUN, a good time FOR ALL!  Sponsored by the Barrett Township Historical Society

On Saturday, November 18th, a Jane Austen Tea was held at Barrett Friendly Library as part of a weeklong celebration of Jane Austen’s work.  Library members and staff had a fun time preparing many delectable tea sandwiches and pastries which about fifty lucky attendees sampled with delight.  Inspired by the festive spirit of the occasion, some dressed in period costume, donning their best bonnets.  And adding variety, Roseanne Walters looked very handsome dressed as Mr. Darcy.

After tea, Elizabeth Steele, former President of the Jane Austen Society of North America and teacher at Delaware Valley University, presented her insights into the facts and fictions of Jane’s work.  Being a life-long admirer of Austen, Elizabeth discussed how Jane was the first author to use a free indirect style which uses 3rd party narrative and is limited by what the character sees and believes. Jane also includes subtle clues adding richness to the story, and each reading brings new layers to the surface.  Elizabeth’s perspective and ideas were enlightening, and we thank both Elizabeth and the library for a very enjoyable tea!

Ethel Huff

The 2018 Barrett Township annual budget will be adopted / approved on Wednesday, December 13.  There is also a regularly scheduled supervisor meeting at 5:30pm.  The meeting will follow the budget discussion.  

The Supervisors' reorganization meeting will be held on January 2, 2018 at 9am. 

This will be the first day in office for new candidates Grant Hilfiger and Patti O'Keefe.  

On October 30, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 271 into law as Act 42. The law amends the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Among the amendments, Act 42 authorizes interactive gaming (“iGaming”), video gaming terminals (“VGTs”) at truck stops, internet lottery (“iLottery”), tablet gaming at airports, fantasy sports contests, and ancillary slot machine facilities. (source)

Related to the Mount Airy Casino, the law also recently granted a larger buffer zone, where no other casinos can open in a county contiguous to Mount Airy (Pike, Wayne, Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton).  (source)

This gives Mount Airy Casino, a Category 2 casino, the ability to bid on Category 4 "Ancillary" licenses, meaning they could set up slot machines and other types of gambling on properties in Pike, Wayne, Carbon, Lackawanna, and Northampton counties.  In Barrett, specifically, this means they could set up slot machines at Buck Hill Falls or Skytop.  

The 911 Center in Monroe County is in the process of installing a new computer system to help with dispatch.  Called the "CAD Project" (Computer Aided Dispatch), it was announced at the Supervisor meeting on November 22, 2017, that the roll-out of the system has been delayed and additional time and money will be required to complete implementation.  

It is curious that Tyler Technology is behind the CAD Project roll-out, as well as the overall property reassessment which as been delayed as well.  

This is a neat little gem from Barrett Township in 1930.  See 'attachments' area below to download the PDF.  

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