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County Lowers Lot Sizes
Susky Council Grilled
Clifford Borrows For Start-Up

Courthouse Report
Oakland Welcomes Mayor

Silver Lake Twp. Police Report

County Lowers Lot Sizes

The Susquehanna County Commissioners approved an updated subdivision and land development ordinance recommended by the county’s Planning Commission and endorsed by the county solicitor, Michael Giangrieco.

County Planner Bob Templeton said the ordinance is geared toward promoting commercial growth. However, the most significant change is a reduction in residential lot sizes from two acres to one acre.

The lone objector to the ordinance, John Franklin of Lenox Township, said the measure is “seriously flawed.” He said it perpetuates the current problem of developer advantage over adjacent land owners and continues to allow the Planning Commission the right to act on subdivision applications with no obligation to notify adjacent land owners.

“The developers,” Mr. Franklin continued, “will be able to fly under the radar without adjacent land owner knowledge.”

Mr. Templeton said one-acre lot sizes will only be approved on building lots that will allow room for on-lot septic and water systems. He said if more land is required, the lot sizes could be increased to one and one-half acres or more. He also emphasized that municipal zoning and subdivision laws take precedence over the new county ordinance.

Another innovation in the ordinance is cluster zoning, a plan that has been around for more than a quarter of a century in neighboring states but is new in Susquehanna County. Under cluster zoning, a developer can build homes on reduced lot sizes providing he dedicates the excess land for conservation and/or recreational purposes. The advantage of cluster zoning to a developer is smaller streets and sidewalks that reduces installation costs, and less cost for installing underground utilities. In most instances, cluster zoning also requires a sewage treatment plant and city water.

Mr. Templeton said the updated ordinance will enable the county to catch up with the rest of the world. He said it is in keeping with a Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Planning Commission two years ago. Under questioning, majority Commissioners Roberta Kelly and Jeff Loomis said they had not read the updated ordinance but expressed confidence in the Planning Commission and Mr. Giangrieco. Commissioner Mary Ann Warren was absent.

The commissioners adopted the following resolutions:

Resolution 2005-36, a settlement agreement by and among Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne counties providing for the dissolution of the Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program. The resolution is based on the withdrawal of Wayne County from the three-county joinder and the continuation of a two-county joinder.

Resolution 2005-37, the Assurance of Compliance and Homeless Assistance Agreement for the year 2005-2006 and designating TREHAB as the provider with total funding in the amount of $42,378.

Resolution 2005-38, authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with the Department of Community and Economic Development and seeking $251,495 in funds for prevention and elimination of blight under provisions of the Housing and Redevelopment Assistance Law for the project to renovate the existing structure, removing debris and developing land into affordable housing for the elderly, plus first floor commercial space at 243 Main Street, Susquehanna Depot.

Resolution 2005-39 enters the county into an agreement with John Deer for a Master Lease/Purchase Agreement with John Deere for a John Deere 595 Lawn Tractor, 54-inch mower, 47-inch snow blower, and a cab with accessories. Payments will be $5,334 for three years with a one dollar buyout on June 23, 2008.

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Susky Council Grilled

Susquehanna Boro Council met on July 12; all members were present with the exception of Allen Wolf. Also present were secretary Judy Collins, mayor Nancy Hurley, streets commissioner Steve Glover, Tom Kelly and Dick Hennessey (Parks and Rec. Committee) and a number of residents.

Secretary Collins reported that John Bry from the Downtown Center is scheduled to attend the July 27 SCDA meeting. The new street sweeper has been added to the boro’s insurance policy. She gave some details regarding the boro float in the Hometown Days parade on July 15. And, estimates had been received for damage to the police car from a minor accident.

Requesting time on the agenda was Jim Davis of DGK, to review the boro’s policy for the upcoming year. He was pleased to note that premiums will be lower than last year’s. He went over several sections of the policy and some of the items covered.

There was one question from Mrs. Fredericks, regarding liability coverage for volunteers; would the fire company’s auxiliary be covered during emergencies, when they provide food and drink to emergency workers? Mr. Davis said that, under state law, they would be, while traveling to or from an emergency or any other duty authorized by the municipality. A resolution was adopted by Susquehanna some years ago, covering such volunteers. Mr. Davis recommended including the Auxiliary under the resolution, and periodically updating it to cover any activities.

Mr. Davis had a question for council, regarding the railroad cars the boro has acquired; no renovations have been done yet. Is there a game plan? Mr. Matis said that, at present, council is working on getting them moved and pursuing grant money to get them renovated.

There were a lot of questions for council during public comment.

Resident Gene Price asked about the railroad cars. Mr. Matis said that the rail committee has met numerous times, but very few volunteers have shown up. “We are in desperate need of volunteers,” he said, and added that although there are no plans in place at the present time, it is the ultimate goal to restore them. Mr. Price expressed an interest in helping with the project. Rail committee meetings are the third Wednesday of the month in the boro building.

Margaret Biegert asked how much money was allocated in this year’s budget for the project. Last year it was $500, with an additional $500 this year. A utility pole needs to be moved before the cars can be moved from their current (temporary) location.

Mrs. Biegert asked if council still had the renovation plans that had been drawn up by Tiffany Newberry; Mr. Matis said that they did, but nothing has been done due to the lack of volunteers.

Next, Mrs. Biegert asked about the delay in the boro’s closing on the River Bounty property. She noted that the fire dept. and Tri-Boro Municipal Authority have both closed on the land allocated to them. Mr. Matis said that the boro has paid its share of the fees involved, but the closing itself had been delayed at the recommendation of the boro’s solicitor, who advised some changes to some of the wording in the deed. The closing should take place within the next two weeks.

Mr. Kelly asked if any problems were anticipated. Mr. Matis responded that he did not know, but he is sure the attorneys will present the deed as soon as it is ready. The solicitor did send a letter of explanation to council, he said. Mr. Williams said that he did not see the letter; Mr. Lewis answered that every council member at the meeting did get a copy.

“I have a lot of questions,” Mr. Kelly said. “A lot of years’ work went into this. If it takes ten or twenty years… first, secure (ownership of) the land. Take the time to do it right.”

“I'm just as eager to get this project started,” Mr. Matis said. Mr. Kelly responded, “We would appreciate anything you can do to get this expedited.”

Resident Ed Collins asked about the Hammer building, which is located on the fire company’s portion of the property. “It is part of our original town. Anything that can be done to save it or renovate it… it’s not in that bad a shape. It was one of the original railroad buildings. It’s where our heritage is. I’d like to see what’s going to be done with that. It would be a shame to have that building destroyed. It should be on the National Register.”

Mrs. Biegert asked if any plans were in place for Franklin Ave., which she said is dangerous, and so narrow that parking is not allowed there. Every winter, when it is plowed, portions of the median between the road and the sidewalk is taken away. “I know PENNDOT takes care of it,” she said, “but we (Franklin Ave. homeowners) all contribute to street services, and we’re not getting anything. (Franklin Ave. is a state road.) Can we get curbing? We’ll pay for it. PENNDOT said they’d put a lip on it, but that will only last until winter.” Mr. Williams said that a meeting was scheduled the following Thursday, with two PENNDOT representatives, himself, Mr. Glover and Mayor Hurley. “We are going to discuss it. We know it’s a problem. We will ask for answers.”

Mrs. Biegert stressed that there has been a continuing problem, with speeding vehicles, no police coverage (monitoring), and trucks frequently going up onto the median. She cited a recent incident, where a landscaping truck with a trailer was traveling too fast, and the trailer came up on the bank. Mr. Kelly agreed that it is a continuing problem.

Mayor Hurley asked what is the busiest time of day when speeding vehicles are in the area. “All day,” Mrs. Biegert said. Mr. Kelly said that in a short period of time, he had counted 34 vehicles apparently exceeding 40 miles per hour; the limit is 25. Mrs. Biegert noted that there is a large number of children in the area. “If they (speeders) don’t stop, one of them is going to get hit.” Mr. Kelly agreed, “Somebody’s going to get killed. I hope it’s not a kid.”

Some suggestions from the audience were to set up scales, and weigh trucks. Mr. Williams said that PENNDOT had been contacted and asked to do that, but PENNDOT said that it is not viable to do. If one trucker were to be stopped, they would radio others to warn them about the stops. The resident suggested calling local TV stations, to get PENNDOT to say on air that they won’t ticket the trucks. Other suggestions were a warning light, to let drivers know that they should slow down, or rumble strips.

Mrs. Biegert then asked about another situation on Franklin Ave. which, she said, has been a “dump” for years. The house had been torn down, but junk periodically appears at the site. “Why was it allowed to progress that far? We’re paying for 32 hours a week for codes enforcement, yet for two years this has been allowed to go on. It’s ridiculous.”

Mr. Collins noted another property in poor condition, right in (CEO) Mr. Lewis’ neighborhood. “It hasn’t been touched in two years. Are we afraid of him (the owner)?”Mr. Lewis responded that the owner was taken to court, and the complaint had been dismissed. “He doesn’t show up.”

Mr. Kelly commented, “It may be time to stop pursuing (violations) if we’re not getting anywhere.” Ron Whitehead noted that an unmarked pickup truck has been seen at the property, picking up garbage. Is this a licensed hauler, and where is the garbage being taken? Mr. Collins speculated that it is being dumped on the railroad tracks in Stevens Point. He suggested that if that is so, perhaps someone at the state level could be asked to look into it if locals don’t want to address it. Mrs. Biegert asked if this particular property, which is a rental, had been inspected yet. Mr. Lewis responded, “Not so far this year.”

Mrs. Biegert asked if the Franklin Ave. property owner had been ticketed. Mr. Lewis replied, “One has been addressed, it is being taken care of.” Mrs. Biegert said that, when the owner does comply and take care of the junk, by the next month it’s a mess again. She asked if cases were being thrown out by the magistrate. Mr. Lewis said that one was, others have been granted extensions. “It’s getting worse instead of better,” Mrs. Biegert said.

Mrs. Biegert asked about police officers not on assist going on calls to other municipalities. Other municipalities, she said, don’t have to hire their own officers. “They know they’ll be covered by ours.” Has council given any thought to charging them for services when Susquehanna officers’ services are used? Mayor Hurley said, “Not so far. They’re not there often.”

Mrs. Biegert asked if the boro’s police who attended a parade in Thompson had volunteered; Mr. Lewis said that they had.

With public comment over, a motion carried to adopt a resolution; no explanation was given as to what the resolution was about, and this reporter did not receive a press packet (agenda, etc.) that normally contains this information.

Under old business, a motion carried to rescind a vote made at a prior meeting to purchase a new printer. One was obtained by the police department, Mr. Matis said.

Bids were opened for resurfacing of Prospect, Washington, High and Front Streets. Only one was submitted, in the amount of $41,446.40, which was considerably over the budgeted amount. A motion carried to reject the bid; council discussed possibly putting the bid out again, or to wait until next year for the paving to be done.

After review, a motion carried to rescind the vote to reject the bid, and to accept it with the elimination of Front Street, which brought the total down to $31,000.

The meeting adjourned to an executive session for a personnel issue and a legal issue. Most of the attendees went outside to wait for the meeting to reconvene. When it began to rain, they were prevented from waiting in the hall outside the meeting room as Mayor Hurley had locked the outside door, so everyone left.

According to Mr. Matis, when the meeting reconvened, a motion carried to hire Ann Kemmerer as the boro’s new secretary. And, a motion carried to amend the boro’s health insurance policy to exclude the secretary as Mrs. Kemmerer does not need the coverage, which will reduce boro’s costs.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. in the boro building.

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Clifford Borrows For Start-Up

Clifford Township supervisors took another step forward last week in their plan to install sewers in the Dundaff/Crystal Lake areas of the township.

By unanimous vote, the supervisors agreed on an interim loan of $230,000 from Community Bank & Trust Co. at an interest rate of 3.99 percent. The “start-up money” will be used for engineering and design plans for the sewer system. The township will be reimbursed from federal loan and grant money anticipated for the project.

A second bid for the loan from Honesdale National Bank quoted an interest rate of 4.38 percent.

In April the supervisors agreed by a 2-1 vote to proceed with the sewer project. John Regan, chair of the board, voted no and expressed concern about the ability of some residents in the project area being able to pay the hook-up fees which could run as much as $6,000 or more.

In another matter, the supervisors awarded a contract to Don Frick of Hamlin to construct a 45 x 90 township garage on township land at the municipal building site. Frick’s bid of $52,700 was the lowest of three that were received for the project.

Supervisor Adam Baron said he thought the building was too large and abstained.

“I would rather have a horse doing a pony’s job,” Mr. Regan said.

The new garage will allow the township to store its equipment indoors and may end incidents of sabotaging. Earlier this year, culprits poured Clorox into the gas tank of the township’s new police car and, more recently, culprits damaged the township’s backhoe.

By unanimous vote, Knowlton Construction of Clifford was awarded a contract to install new bathrooms in the municipal building. The company submitted a low bid of $31,200 for the project and the township received a grant to pay for it.

Plans to install new front doors on the building were held up by the supervisors after they were advised that the township may qualify for a grant in 2006 to pay for them.

The supervisors agreed to adopt an ordinance for participation in the county’s 911 readdressing system.

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Courthouse Report


David Burman and Dianne Burman to Reed H. Burman, in Ararat Township for one dollar.

Harold Reed Baurman (aka) Reed H. Burman to David Burman and Diane Burman, in Ararat and Gibson townships for one dollar.

Peter M. Vauter, Denise Vauter to Joanne Smith, Nancy A. Cheafsky, Guy Felker, in Clifford Township for $110,000.

Mary I. Heesh to Francis H. Hobbs, Robin K. Hobbs in Lanesboro Borough for $60,000.

Northeast Tri-County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center Inc. (nka Tri-County Human Services Inc. to Allyn Carey, Bruce Carey, Betty Carey, in Bridgewater Township for $40,000.

Herbert J. Wood, Rosemarie Wood to Robert E. Seufert, Christine D. Seufert, in Friendsville Borough for $190,000.

Joseph Rybnick Jr. to Joseph Rybnick Jr. and Jean A. Rybnick, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Neal L. Wescott, Charlotte C. Wescott to Karen J. Gudykunst, in New Milford Borough for $81,500.

Kimberly Ann Aszli, William Aszli, Eric Edwin Neubauer to Judith A. Neubauer, in Ararat Township for one dollar.

Thomas J. Fletcher (estate) to Anthony Napolitano, in Susquehanna Borough for one dollar.

Paul Marcotte (by guardian) to Paul E. Marcott, in Choconut Township, for zero dollars (irrevocable supplemental needs trust).

Eleanor Rood to Trudy Stalling, Richard A. Rood, Shelly Cassidy, Chris Rood, in Hallstead Borough for one dollar.

Eleanor Rood to Trudy Stalling, Richard A. Rood, Shelly Cassidy, Chris Rood, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.

Eleanor Rood to Trudy Stalling, Richard Shelly Cassidy, Chris Rood, in Great Bend Township for one dollar.

Joseph A. Rogalewicz, Lisz Rogalewicz to Thomas Opalka and Margo R. Pulling, in Ararat Township for $4,000.

Leona S. Breeze to Richard N. Breese and David H. Breese, David H. Breese, in Montrose for one dollar.

Rose E. Potter to Domenick Vallario, in Thompson Township for $45,000.

Richard F. Walters, Thomas J. Walters, Paul J. Walters to Amy F. Brady, Paul J. Brady, Warren J. Walters, Bridget C. Walters, in Lenox Township for one dollar.

Mary K. Leasure (living trust by trustee) to Ronald E. DiPaola and Kelly A. Roche, in Silver Lake Township for $320,000.

Kent Mancuso, Barbara J. Mancuso to Thaddeus Yarrish Jr. and Gina Yarrish, in Gibson Township for $185,000.

Robert R. Gustafson, P. Heather Gustafson to John J. Ward, in Herrick Township for $25,500.

Charles J. Arcovitch, Bonnie Arcovitch to Robert R. Gustafson, P. Heather Gustafson, in Herrick Township for for $180,000.

Michael C. Solomon, Mary Louise Solomon (aka) Mary L. Solomon to Michael C. Solomon and Mary L. Solomon in Jackson Township for one dollar.

Louis W. Hawley and Natalie Hawley to Karen Vandegriek, in Montrose for $115,000.

Ease Simulation Inc. to Robert C. Wert and Grace E. Wert, in Bridgewater Township for $28,500.

Donald Dean & Sons Inc. to Robert C. Wert and Grace E. Wert, in Bridgewater Township for $185,000.

Kelly Jo Greene to Amy Sue Jones, in Bridgewater Township for $45,000.

Robert G. Dean (estate) to Robert G. Dean (irrevocable trust), in Montrose for one dollar.

Faye C. Blachek, Ernest H . Blachek to Philip R. Brown, P. Scott Brown, Robert J. Harmer, in Hop Bottom Borough and Harford Township for $40,500.

Diane F. Hinds Moriarity, Edward R. Moriarity to David M. Shanton, Randy A. Sandlin, in New Milford Township for $60,155.

Harry M. Wilkins III (estate) to Brian Post, in Choconut Township for $30,000.

Brian P. Gesford, Patricia L. Gesford, Matthew Gesford to Matthew Gesford, in Dimock Township for one dollar.

Alice E. Munkelt to Jennifer L. Gregory, John D. Gregory in Silver Lake Township for $130,000.

Karen Samuel Fleischer, David Fleischer, Mary Samuel Osterman, W. Andrew Osterman, Haydn C. Samuel, Joan Samuel to Brett W. Senior and Maria Victoria Pangonis Senior, in Herrick Township for $201,000.

Gerald Cromer to Pietro Brandolisio, Pamela L. Brandolisio, in Silver Lake Township for $100,000.

Patrick M. White to Kim M. Evans, in Rush Township for $162,500. (30 percent tax paid in Bradford County.)

Larry Lathrop (aka) Lawrence E, Lathrop, Linda Lathrop to Larry Lathrop (aka) Lawrence E. Lathrop, Linda Lathrop, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.

Charles W. Jaget, Norma J . Cronk (nka) Norma J. Jaget, to Susan M. Cronk, in Gibson Township for one dollar.

Thomas J. Chamberlain, Christine Chamberlain (by atty) to Debra A. Spalik, in Susquehanna for $94,000.

Victor L Howell (aka) Victor L. Howell Sr., Luann Howell to Victor L. Howell Jr., Maureen J. Howell, in New Milford Township for $44,000.

Kenneth Smith, Helen E. Smith to Robert C. Robinson III, Barbara A. Robinson, in Liberty Township for $550,000.

Wachovia Bank (fka) First Union National Bank to Mark R. Thompson and Ellen M. Thompson, in Forest Lake Township for $85,000.


Frank Edward Slater and Sherri Donnelly, both of Hallstead.

Paul Joseph McAndrew of Lenoxville and Kristin Lyn Bloxham of Union Dale.

John B. Copeland of Norristown and Jennifer Dasilva of Endicott, NY.

Dustin Lee Traver and Tracy A. O’Reilly,both of Friendsville.

Thomas Edward Flowers II and Lindsey Marie Escandel, both of Hop Bottom.

David Richard of New Milford and Candice Marie Rogers of Montrose.

Jacob Alexander Hytovick and Amy Lee Hawley, both of Dunnellon.

David J. Bilko Jr. of Richmondale and Shauna Marie Schmidt of Hatboro.


The US Department of Revenue has filed a federal tax lien against J. Thomas Quigg of Montrose in the amount of $44,135.

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Oakland Welcomes Mayor

Oakland Boro Council welcomed the boro’s new mayor, Wendy Dudley to her first official meeting on July 14. She had been appointed at a special meeting on June 23 to complete the term of Art Towner, who had passed away shortly after council’s last regular meeting. President Ron Beavan joked, “Welcome to the fire.”

Others present were council members Chad Crawford, Randy Glover, Doug Arthur and Jack Agler, secretary Flo Brush, police chief Bob VanFleet and seven residents.

The scrap metal pickup recently sponsored by the boro went well; one dumpster was completely filled and another had to be brought in. Council thanked the number of volunteers who had helped out.

Earlier in the month, surveys had been hand-delivered to every home in the boro to compile information about residents’ feelings on a number of topics. So far, nine or ten have been returned. Council will be accepting them until the end of the month when the results will be tabulated.

Mr. Crawford has drawn up specs for street paving; bids will be solicited shortly.

Mr. Beavan reported that Warren Stone has been awarded the bid for drainage work on State St., which will be started soon. A resident asked if property owners could keep the sluice pipes that had been put in (at their expense) some years ago. Mr. Beavan said they could, since they had paid for them, but the homeowner would need to speak with the contractor to see if it would be possible to extract the pipes without damaging them.

At the June 23 meeting, council voted to purchase a new lawn tractor. Also discussed at that meeting was the boro’s lack of a tax assessor. Mr. Arthur had some information on the subject to share. Tax books and time sheets must be turned in to Montrose at the end of August, at which time assessors would be paid by the county for time worked. If the necessary paperwork is not turned in to the county, the boro could lose any occupation tax revenues due it, so it would seem that an assessor is necessary.

Mrs. Brush had additional information. She said that in the absence of an assessor, the boro secretary is required to assume the duties of the assessor (without additional pay from the county). The most efficient way would be to spread the word, to have residents call the office with any information about people who had moved into or out of the boro in the last year. Cynthia Beavan suggested that the water collector might be able to furnish information. Mrs. Brush added that a volunteer could assume the assessor’s responsibilities, but would not be paid by the county.

Mr. Beavan said that an assessor could be appointed by the court, but that would take time. And, Mrs. Dudley pointed out that the related court costs would most likely exceed any revenue from occupational taxes that the boro would receive. It was agreed that, until the next election, Mrs. Brush would see that the necessary information is sent to the county.

Mr. Crawford reported that Oakland Day was very successful. Over $1,000 was raised, which will be used towards improvements at the park.

Mr. Glover gave a rundown on a number of codes violations. After discussion it was agreed to authorize CEO Shane Lewis to proceed with legal action against the owner of a State St. property. This particular case has been ongoing for over a year and three extensions have already been given, and Mr. Glover said that the individual had requested a fourth. Aside from junk which has sporadically been picked up, the roof of the home was said to be badly deteriorating, with large gaps that allow water to run into the house. After some discussion, council reluctantly agreed that legal action should proceed. Not to do so might set an unfavorable precedent.

Mr. Glover asked about the status of sidewalks on Prospect St. that had been damaged during ditch work. Mr. Crawford said that the boro had agreed to repair the walks, but that it would not be done until after the sewer authority completes upgrades in that area.

A resident asked whose responsibility it is to keep the sidewalks in good repair. Mr. Beavan responded that they are the property owner’s responsibility. The boro’s ordinances are somewhat outdated and enforcing them in this instance would have little effect. Sadly, he said, many of the walks have been neglected for many years. Mr. Crawford added that for three years, council has been pursuing grant funding for State and Westfall Ave., and will make another attempt this year.

During public comment, Darren Bishop asked council if the boro would sponsor his Act 120 training to become a police officer, after which he would work for the boro. The training takes about six months and costs in the neighborhood of $3,500. Mr. Beavan said that council was waiting to see what information is gathered from residents on the surveys mentioned earlier. He said that many of the officers the boro has had over the years, which are only part-time, usually end up going elsewhere as the boro cannot pay much. Mrs. Dudley added that paying for the training would be a big expense to the boro.

Mr. Bishop asked if council would consider hiring a full-time officer. “We don’t have that kind of money,” Mr. Crawford answered. Mr. Beavan reiterated, “We don’t know quite where we want to go with police right now.” He thanked Mr. Bishop for his interest.

Mr. VanFleet asked if anyone knew anything about an accumulation of junk on Spring Creek. Mr. Arthur said that it is being gathered from further up the hill and brought down, to be hauled away.

Mr. VanFleet gave his monthly report which, he said, was quite different from last month’s. He reported that there had been an incident with two women “duking it out” in the street, and two women had been arrested for kicking the windows out of the police car. “It hasn’t been a happy time for women,” he joked.

The final topic discussed was damaged trees near the water tower. Mr. Arthur asked who would be responsible for having them removed. Mr. Agler agreed to find out who owns the property where they are located, as it would be the owner’s responsibility. There was some discussion as to whether or not the boro would be responsible for their removal; it would not. If the trees are in close proximity to power lines, Penelec should be contacted to see if they would agree to have them removed.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. in the boro building.

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Silver Lake Twp. Police Report

Following is the Silver Lake Township Police Dept. report for June, 2005, as submitted.

THEFT (attempt)

On June 1, Howard Hugo reported that someone tried to break into his garage shed on Lake Sophia Road. The door hinges and locked hasp were damaged, but no entry was made. This is in the same area as several other break-ins and attempts over Memorial Day weekend.


On June 2, Larry Casey, PO Box 65 Kennedy Road, reported that someone had broken the lock off of his storage shed and taken a log splitting mallet and wedge. This is also in the area of other similar incidents over the holidays.

THEFT (attempt)

On June 3, Juanita Homer, Box 4225 Lake Sophia Road, reported an attempted break-in of a storage shed with damage to the hinges and locked hasp, but no entry was made.


On June 3, Francis and Sheryl Boyle reported that the windows had been broken out of their camper with rocks. The camper was located on their property on McCormick Road.


On June 6, Monica Redding of Brackney, pled guilty to a Disorderly Conduct charge for her actions involved with shooting her neighbors’ dog in April, 2005.

MVA ( hit-and-run)

On June 7, Lillian Bullins of Brackney, reported that her 2004 Chevy Malibu, burgundy in color, was parked at the Silver Lake Fire Station while she was at a training session. She later discovered that her passenger door was smashed in, with white paint prevalent. This incident is currently being resolved.


On June 14, Robin Henry reported that someone had forged her checking account with over the phone transactions. She was advised to close the account and contact PSP Gibson, who has a specific Fraud Unit.


On June 25, Diane Wood reported trespassers on her property at Silver Lake. She saw people crossing her property and enter the lake with kayaks. The lake is private and no outsiders are allowed on the properties or lake. This incident was a misunderstanding and is hopefully resolved.


On June 25, Melissa Geertgens of Montrose, reported a domestic dispute with her husband Todd Geertgens. A PFA was filed against Mr. Geertgens on June 26, with court action pending.


Free gunlocks are available for pick-up at the Silver Lake Township Building (Police station), for residents of the township. Residents with children or those who just want to protect themselves and others are welcome to stop by and help themselves to these locks courtesy of “PROJECT CHILDSAFE”, a national home safety program.

Any information or questions for Silver Lake Township Police, please call 278-6818 or 663-2760.All information will be held strictly confidential.

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