Chairman Steffen called the board of supervisors meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Roll call showed all supervisors were present.

Last month’s minutes for the previous month were reviewed as written. Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to accept the previous month’s minutes with the correction, with a second by Supervisor Bartleson and all supervisors voting yes.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Shayla Gouger and is on file as well as posted on the back wall. Chairman Steffen made a motion to accept the treasurers report with a second by Supervisor Bartleson and all supervisors voting yes.

Bill List number #10 was presented. Chairman Steffen made a motion to pay bill list with a second by Supervisor Kmetz and all supervisors voting yes.

Police Report was given by Officer Bertholf and is on file.

Fire Report was given by Gene Krause and is on file.

Ambulance Report was given by was not available for September 2023 but once received will be on file. The PPH Meeting was held. Unofficial conversation was there is suggestion of the need for a second BLS car in the area they are currently serving. November is the month for the official 6-month review of the PPH. So far, all entities have had no complaints and have been very happy with response and service.

Road Report was given by Road Master Kmetz and is on file.

The township was able to find a company, Ben Weitsman of Scranton, to drop off a dumpster to be used by the township residents for the disposal of metal materials. The dumpster comes at no direct cost. Once the dumpster is full, Weitsman will pick up and dispose of the material. A $300 service/disposal/dumpster fee will be deducted from the disposal weight of the material and the remaining monies will be given to the township to distributed to local charities. Chairman Steffen made a motion to have a dumpster provided by Ben Weitsman dropped off behind the building for township residents use, with a second from Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes.

Supervisor Kmetz also suggested that the township investigate purchasing some much-needed machinery. He would like to purchase a riding mower and a 10 Ton Tow Trailer as we are currently relying on Supervisor Kmetz personal mower and trailer for township needs. Supervisor Kmetz will investigate the pricing of both items.

We have estimates for materials to expand the building’s garage. We are still looking forward to having plans drawn up. Supervisor Bartleson went through a rough material list that roughly totaled $32,000. The township must wait to have plans drawn up before we can proceed any further.

Public Comment - A resident asked if to use the dumpster there will be a request to show ID’s and how we will keep an eye on the illegal dumping. We advised that we would purchase a camera right away if we notice any materials being illegally dumped. The Hawley Police Department said they would also help to keep an eye on this dumpster and its use. In the past when the dumpster was available there were no problems, so we hope to see the same respect in the future.

Correspondence The Township received its normal newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, and magazines. Letter received from H&K Group advising the township that they have reapplied for their NPDES Permit through the Department of Environmental Protection. Wallenpaupack Historical Society has asked for contributions toward maintaining local cemeteries. Chairman Steffen made a motion to send $250 to the Wallenpaupack Historical Society, to help maintain the local cemeteries and to help preserve the local artifacts as well, with a second from Supervisor Kmetz and all Supervisors voting yes. Ballot for election of Trustees was presented. We also received a request to use the township building as a polling place on voting day November 7th. Chairman Steffen made amotion to allow the building to be use as a polling site, with a second from Supervisor Bartleson and all supervisors voting yes. Milestone will be using the building on November 21, 2023, for their annual meeting.

Zoning Report was given by Paul Natale for the month.

Discussion continues concerning Short Term Rentals Ordinance. We hope to have this adopted by the beginning of 2024. We will have a Short-Term Rental and Pool Application/Permit Update Workshop in the near future to finalize a draft to present to the public.

The Planning Commission has nothing to report.

Report of Digitizing Records was given by Paul Natale.

The property owner of 1451 Purdytown Turnpike has been advised that the property is to be used as an apartment and an office as it is listed on the county tax map. They have been advised on how to change the way the property is listed. No word on any situations concerning the mold.

Pool Permits and Applications Updates are still being discussed as well. We are toward the end of the season so there is no rush.

Emergency Management has nothing to report.

The Solicitor’s Report everything has been covered in previous discussions. There will be a court hearing with Paul on October 5, 223.

Final Call for Public Comment Chairman Steffen will not be present for November or December Meetings.

Supervisor Kmetz made a motion to adjourn at 6:58 PM with a second by Chairman Steffen and all Supervisors voting yes.

Next scheduled meeting is Monday November 6, 2023, at 6:30 PM.