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January is the month where the service of school board members is recognized. At both the meetings held in the Elk Lake library January 19 Mr. Bush acknowledged the work of the board presiding over the Elk Lake School and the SCCTC. The board weren't the only people recognized, however, and the dispensing of accolades was not the only business conducted.
The meeting opened with a presentation on the district's transition planning program. Transition services are mandated by state and federal law by the 2004 IDEA law. The transition coordinator described transition planning as a coordinated set of activities, services, goals, and instructions designed to help students transition between high school and adult life. It is a result oriented and student-centered process. It revolves around the students desires and interests, and helps them to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills. The students practice independent living skills, take trips, work in the community, and spend time in the vo-tech program.
The board approved the driver cell phone use policy proposed at the December meeting. This policy forbids staff from operating a cell phone in a district vehicle, or while conducting district business. The only exception to this rule is when there is a problem, the radio is malfunctioning, and the vehicle is not in use. There was significant discussion regarding the verbage of this policy, to ensure that all possible uses of a phone (texting, conversation, the internet, etc.) were included, even though all should be covered by the blanket mandate that phones be turned off.
Another policy mentioned at the December meeting was passed as well. The alteration is to the graduation requirements, lowering the number of elective credits from 26 to twenty-five. The graduation project would have one credit added to it; a half credit in 11th grade and a half credit in 12th grade. The purpose of this change is to open up the sometimes very packed sophomore schedule, which would allow students to perhaps have a study hall, etc. Alternately, if a student were to decide to still have a full sophomore schedule, they might be able to rearrange things such as to open up room during senior year for work study, etc. The core credits would not be affected.
It was reported that the Keystone exams were approved, the graduation exit exams which were being debated not that long ago. Theoretically they are to begin in 2014, though this isn't certain.
The board also passed an Act 1 resolution, stating that it would not raise taxes above the state set index (2.9). Were the district to try and do so, it would need to put an item on the ballots. Mr. Bush did explain that, while the board has historically erred on the side of low taxes, if an organization didn't raise taxes to the max of act 1, it would eventually hit the point where it couldn't raise taxes at all.
Mr. Bush described a pension proposal put out by PSBA. It would change the situation from one of defined benefit to defined contribution, for all future employees. This would lower the amount of money the school board and taxpayers were responsible for. Nothing would change for current and past school employees.
A letter was read from the department of the auditor general, speaking against financial instruments which he called dangerous gambling with public money. After reading the letter, it was announced that Elk Lake does not participate in anything akin to that.
Cabot sent the district a notice of intent for consumption of water for drilling, with the potential of several thousand gallons a day. There was a brief discussion regarding where the water would be taken from; it was stated that they had been told it would be from approved sources. The district, apparently, was only being notified of what was being done on surrounding property.
Sherri Stevenson Warriner attended the meeting with a proposal for a basketball clinic run by her brother Bob Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson, as those who didn't know quickly discovered, is a local hero. When a reporter asked about his identity, the locals expounded about his skill at the game, and, what one mother considered to be even more important, his values and moral conscience. He was the captain of the state championship team in 1977, the 3rd highest scorer in the state, and he played at the University of Tulsa. The proposed basketball clinic would run from a Monday to a Friday, and be limited to 100 students in grades 6-twelve. The district would be asked to supply basketball equipment and the gym. Current basketball players and faculty members would be asked to assist. The camp would not be a moneymaking venture; proceeds above cost would be donated to the Elk Lake Basketball Booster Club. Ms. Stevenson Warriner wanted to know if the board would be interested in such a venture. She was told that the board would discuss it, and that historically they have been sympathetic to the needs of kids. A few of the board members expressed their tentative interest in the scheme, but no vote could be held without more details. It was decided that Ms. Stevenson Warriner should sit with Mr. Blaisure to work on these details.
Dr. Cuomo presented to the board “After the Accident” pamphlets. These pamphlets had been given to the district's drivers, along with a camera, explaining the proper post accident procedure. It was decided that the students could use it too, and Mrs. Heed had made 200 copies for this purpose.
In the past, the backpack program run by Susquehanna County Cares had been funded by grants. This program provides a backpack to incoming kindergarten parents, with school readiness supplies and information. Elk Lake ordered a hundred and ten of these. This year, however, the grant hadn't been received. The organization, then, was asking for the districts to donate $10 a backpack to cover the costs. The board approved this donation.
Mrs. Davis highlighted various accomplishments at the vo-tech. The FBLA took 26 students to a competition at Binghamton University; 8 placed to continue on to states in April in Hershey. The Touch of Class restaurant has begun to put out a newsletter. The Building Trades 1 class built toys to donate to the Toys for Tots program. Doghouses were also donated. Frontier donated $20,000 to the Community Foundation, which in turn presented to the vo-tech. Sixteen students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
The electric car club, explained at length at a previous meeting, was briefly discussed. The club, which took the place of the robotics club, provides students a hands on opportunity to build something innovative. The club was requesting of the board $6000, to purchase the car, obtain materials, etc. The amount is the same as the fee for the robotics competition had been; the board agreed to it.
Someone asked if each board meeting was going to be advertised, a request made by some visitors during the packed, dispute ridden meetings surrounding the vo-tech expansion. It was responded that the entire schedule had been advertised in the paper, and that the individual meetings were posted on the website. It was suggested, however, that another schedule be printed which included the board members e-mail addresses, when such were set up. The February meeting is scheduled to be held on the 17th, a Wednesday.
Susquehanna Boro Council met for their first regular monthly meeting on January 19 with some changes in place. At the reorganizational meeting on the 4th, new member Joe Varsik had been sworn in, Roy Williams was elected to the position of president, Bill Perry, Jr. to vice president, and Mike Matis to President Pro Tem. At that meeting, council also voted to accept Chief of Police Dominick Andidora’s request for a reduction in rank. Motions carried to appoint Lance Penzone to the position of chief, Dominick Andidora to Assistant Chief of Police, and to hire Andrew Yakubik as a part-time police officer.
Among the first orders of business, discussion of the bill list led to questions about invoices for furnace repairs. After repairs were needed, a follow-up call had been required, for which the boro had been billed. There was a question of whether or not the work done on the second visit shouldn’t have been done on the first, and whether or not the problem was due to a prior company’s negligence. After the discussion, the vote was three-to-three to approve the bill list; Mayor Reddon was called on to break the tie. Mr. Williams said that he would look into the matter the following day.
At Mr. Williams’ request, council will look into replacing the boro's street lights with “green” alternatives.
The mayor’s report consisted of a reminder to residents that winter is not yet over; sidewalks should be kept clear and vehicles moved from the street during snow conditions so the plows can get through.
Council has been working on enacting an ordinance limiting use of engine retardant brakes within the boro, in certain designated areas. The boro solicitor is in the process of reviewing it, so no action was taken at the meeting. However, Mr. Perry initiated a lengthy discussion about how the proposed ordinance had come up for consideration. He asked about a “point of origin,” specifically if there had been any complaints made in writing about the use of the brakes. He said that he had heard complaints from some truckers about the impending ordinance, and was concerned that its enactment could leave the boro open to some liability if there were to be an accident where use of the brakes could have prevented it. Mr. Matis said that it had originated with complaints from the residents of West Main Street. The mayor concurred, saying that it had been brought up during public comment at a number of meetings, and was so noted in the minutes of those meetings. Mr. Perry insisted that there should be documentation as to the origin of the complaint.
Mr. Williams, who has a CDL, explained that in the areas the boro is targeting, use of the brakes would indicate that the driver was driving too fast for that specific area.
The Chemung Valley Historical Society is working on removing the old rail cars they claimed ownership to; they are anticipating (Chemung) county funding to help with the expense, and still have full intentions to remove them.
Letters of interest from several individuals were received to serve on a boro zoning board. It was agreed to invite them all to a committee meeting to discuss the particulars.
The fire siren in the boro is in need of repairs, with the expected cost to be about $1,000. The siren is in the boro, but also serves the surrounding communities. After discussion, it was agreed to request that the fire department send letters to those communities, explaining the situation and requesting that they contribute to the costs of the repairs.
Two price quotes were received to replace the five boro building doors; the original jambs are wood and have deteriorated. There were some questions about the specs received with the quotes; the individual who submitted one of the quotes will be asked to come to a committee meeting to answer those questions.
Council approved the final draft of a daily inspection report that anyone who uses a boro vehicle will be required to fill out, including mileage reports before and after.
As the boro building had been built prior to the state Uniform Construction Code being enacted, there is a potential problem with placement of the ventilation of one of the two fuel tanks in the boro building. After discussion as to how it can best be fixed, if necessary, it was agreed to look into some options.
The firm that has been doing the boro’s audits for some years has notified the boro that they will no longer be able to do so. As the boro’s solicitor was present at the meeting and said that it would not be required to advertise for bids for professional services, it was agreed to contact two local firms who do municipal audits.
The solicitor was present regarding questions that had been brought to council at a prior meeting about the guide wire on a Main St. traffic light that is attached to a storefront. The building’s owner had contacted council with some questions about insurance. The boro’s insurance carrier had been contacted and agreed that the wire could be added to the boro’s policy for a very nominal fee, but they also recommended a written agreement between the two parties. After a lengthy discussion a motion carried to obtain bids to have a utility pole put in and the wire attached to it.
The meeting adjourned to an executive session to discuss a personnel issue.
The next meeting will be on the third Tuesday of the month, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Elizabeth B. Marean (estate) to Elizabeth Ann Marean, in Silver Lake Township for $267,900.00.
Marian A. Nye to David H. Nye and Joan Iannone, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.
Helen V. (by POA), W. Allan and Justina H. Merz to William C. Merz, in Auburn Township for $15,606.00.
William H. Combs, III to Wak LP, in Clifford Township for one dollar.
Benjamin and Jillian Gregory (AKA) Jillian H. Seavey to Jillian H. Seavey, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Frank J. (AKA) Frank John (AKA) Frank Bednash (estate) to Polish National Church and Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Church, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Frank J. (AKA) Frank John (AKA) Frank Bednash (estate) to Anne Dean, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Frank J. (AKA) Frank John (AKA) Frank Bednash (estate) to Nick Pavlichko, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Roger W. Smith to Charles R. and Matthew S. (by guardian) Bullock, in Auburn Township for one dollar.
Lawrence M. Grasso (rev trust by POA) to James W. Jones, in New Milford Township for $26,000.00.
Peter T. and Mary Ann Mink to Peter T. and Mary Ann Mink, in Auburn Township for one dollar.
Joseph W., Sr. (AKA) Joseph W. Krawecki and Beth D. Munson-Krawecki to Barbara Hardy, in Apolacon Township for $37,000.00.
Philip and Susan Wetzel to Jodi Marie Clary, in Montrose for $46,000.00.
Roger R. and Sandra G. Gardner to Roger R. and Sandra G. Gardner, in Forest Lake Township for one dollar.
Donald T. and Julie Ann Salvia to Donald T. and Julie Ann Salvia, in Springville Township for one dollar.
Cynthia C. Lee Chilewski (AKA) Cynthia C. Chilewski (AKA) Cynthia Lee Sholtiss (estate) to Ronald Osterhout, in Susquehanna for $65,000.00.
Thomas J. and Nancy J. (AKA) Nancy Jo Keene to Thomas and Mary Inscoe, in Clifford Township for $217,000.00.
Jerry W., Candy J., Jesse W. and Laura J. Wells to Jerry W. and Candy J. Wells, in Dimock Township for one dollar.
Bernard Popso to Julann E. Rice, in Little Meadows Borough for one dollar.
Teresa P. Marvin of New Milford vs. Gary Allen Marvin of Susquehanna, married 2004.
Shelly M. Johnson of Hallstead vs. Edward C. Johnson of Binghamton, married 2006.
Michael Owens vs. Dawn Brown Owens, both of Susquehanna.
The Susquehanna County Domestic Relations Section has bench warrants for the following individuals as of January 22, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.
Antonio L. Alcantara, Duane Aldrich, David P. Atherholt, Jr., Erika L. Back, Keith B, Beach, David Shawn Blaisure, Lisa D, Bollard, Joseph Bonavita, Mechele D. Bonciewicz, Howard A. Burns, III, Shannon E. Butts, Robert B. Carrier, Darryl M. Chaffee, Deborah L. Drish, Jonathan Fathi, David J. Fischer, Ryan M. Forder, Kelly Fox, Racheal L. Frisbie, Deborah E. Gould, George Graham, David Haines, Jr., John J. Hall, Amanda L. Henderickson, William N. Hendrickson, Erik E. Krisovitch, Lee Labor, Joshua Lee, Charlie J. Legere, Carlos L. Leiser, Jason Lindquist, Patricia J. Marrero, Bradley W. Megivern, Joseph Mershon, Kimberly L. Mershon, Ronald N. Mitchell, Joseph C. Moore, Robert A. Muzzy, Steven Nannie, Shane Nelson, Anthony Neri, Anthony Neri, Jeffrey A. Norton, Sheri Pabon, Amberly D. Payne, Jesse R. Rhinebeck, Jr., Ryan A. Rhoads, Timothy W. Rogers, Robert A. Ryman, Richard D. Shoemaker, Darin Sink, Duane Spencer, Donald Louis Stocks, Garrett M. Thomas, Keith W. Vroman, Donald L. Welch, Jamie L. Williams, Kenneth L. Wilmot, Jr., Patrick L. Yachymiak.
Please contact the Domestic Relations Section at 570-278-4600 ext. 170 with any information on the location of these individuals.
Following is the Susquehanna County sentencing report for January, 2010 as submitted by the county District Attorney’s office.
Tyler Christopher Fiske, 19, of Great Bend, PA to 11 1/2 months to 23 1/2 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, pay $250 DNA fee and submit sample, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay cost of prosecution, pay $500 fine, pay cost of prosecution, not to have contact with the victim in this case, not to have contact with any minors without appropriate adult supervision for Statutory Sexual Assault in Great Bend on April 26, 2009. Mr. Fiske also received 11 1/2 months to 23 1/2 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, to run concurrent to the above sentence, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $500 fine, not to have contact with the victim in this case, not to have contact with minors without appropriate adult supervision, receive an evaluation for sexual abuse and attend sexual abuse counseling for Statutory Sexual Assault in Great Bend on October 1, 2008. Mr. Fiske also received 11 1/2 months to 23 1/2 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, to run concurrent with the above sentences, pay cost of prosecution, pay $500 fine, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, receive an evaluation for sexual abuse and attend sexual abuse counseling, not to have contact with the victim in this case, not to have contact with minors without appropriate adult supervision for Statutory Sexual Assault in Great Bend on October 1, 2008. Mr. Fiske also received 9 months to 23 1/2 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, to run concurrent with the above sentences, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $500 fine for Corruption of Minors in Great Bend on April 1, 2009. Finally, Mr. Fiske received 5 years probation, to run consecutive to the above sentences, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $250 fine, not to possess any computers, not to have contact with the victim in this case, not to have contact with minors without appropriate adult supervision for Sexual Abuse of Children on September 1, 2008 in New Milford Borough.
Vincent Scott Layton, 43, of Binghamton, NY to 11 months to 2 years in a state correctional facility, credit for time served, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay cost of prosecution, pay a $500 fine, pay restitution for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in Apolacon Township on August 16, 2009. Mr. Layton also received 6 months to 12 months in a state correctional facility, to run concurrent to the above sentence, credit for time served, pay a $200 fine, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay cost of prosecution for Criminal Mischief in Apolacon Township on August 16, 2009.
Steven D Whritenour, 29, of Susquehanna, PA to 5 years probation, pay cost of prosecution, pay $250 DNA testing fee and submit sample, maintain full employment, pay $100 Act 198 fee, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay cost of prosecution, pay $750 fine, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Oakland Township on March 17, 2009. Mr. Whritenour also received 5 years probation, to run concurrent with the above sentence, pay cost of prosecution, pay $250 fine, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, maintain full employment, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Criminal Use of a Communication Facility in Oakland Township on March 17, 2009. Mr. Whritenour also received 5 years probation to run concurrent with the above sentences, maintain full employment, pay cost of prosecution, pay $250 fine, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Criminal Use of a Communication Facility in Oakland Township on March 17, 2009. Finally, Mr. Whritenour received 1 year probation to run concurrent to the above sentences, pay $150 fine, pay $100 Act 198 fee, pay cost of prosecution, receive a drug and alcohol evaluation, not to have contact with anyone on supervision, maintain full employment for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Oakland Township on March 18, 2009.
Shawna Whritenour, 27, of Susquehanna, PA to 5 years probation, pay $100 Act 198 fee, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $250 DNA testing fee and submit sample, pay cost of prosecution, pay $500 fine, receive a drug and alcohol evaluation, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Oakland Township on March 7, 2009. Mrs. Whritenour also received 1 year probation, to run concurrent to the above sentence, pay cost of prosecution, pay $100 Act 198 fee, receive a drug and alcohol evaluation, pay $150 fine for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia on March 15, 2009.
Melissa Marie Frisbie, 26, of Carbondale, PA to 90 days to 1 year house arrest, not to have contact with the victim in this case, perform 50 hours community service, attend anger management course, pay $300 fine, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee for Simple Assault in Lenox Township on April 16, 2009. Ms. Frisbie also received 15 months probation to run concurrent to the above sentence, not to have contact with the victim in this case, pay restitution, attend anger management course, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $250 fine, pay cost of prosecution, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Criminal Mischief in Lenox Township on April 16, 2009.
Jason Robert Clark, 23, of Forest City, PA to 1 month to 15 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, pay restitution, not to have contact with codefendants, not to have contact with the victim, pay $250 DNA testing fee and submit sample, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $300 fine, pay cost of prosecution, perform 50 hours community service, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Criminal Conspiracy/Criminal Trespass in Forest City on August 28, 2009. Mr. Clark also received 1 year probation to run consecutive to the above sentence, pay restitution, not to have contact with anyone on supervision, not to have contact with the victim, perform 25 hours community service, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay cost of prosecution, pay $150 fine for Receiving Stolen Property in Forest City on June 7, 2009.
Keith Louis Edwards, 30, of Nicholson, PA 4 1/2 months to 18 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, to run concurrent to any domestic relations contempt sentence, pay $300 fine, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, perform 25 hrs. community service, not to possess alcoholic beverages for Recklessly Endangering Another Person on July 8, 2009 in Lenox Township. Mr. Edwards also received 3 months to 18 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, to run concurrent to the above sentence and any domestic relations contempt sentence, pay $300 fine, pay $500 additional fine, pay $10 EMS, pay $30 CAT surcharge, perform 25 hours community service, pay cost of prosecution, not to possess alcoholic beverages, not to have contact with anyone on supervision for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer in Clifford Township on July 8, 2009.
Timothy William Murray, 47, of Springville, PA to 90 days to 18 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, first 45 days served in correctional facility upon good behavior second 45 days may be served home confinement, pay $300 Act 195 fee, pay $1,500 fine, pay $100 CAT surcharge, pay $10 EMS, pay cost of prosecution, abide by Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Law, receive drug and alcohol evaluation, attend safe driving school program, perform 25 hours community service for Driving Under the Influence in Bridgewater Township on September 6, 2009.
Cody Lee Wayman, 19, of Harpursville, NY to 4 months to 18 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, continue with anger management course, supervision may be transferred to Broome County, NY, not to have contact with the victim in this case, perform 50 hours community service, pay cost of prosecution, pay $300 fine, attend drug and alcohol classes, not to transport consume or possess alcoholic beverages for Terroristic Threats in Susquehanna on September 23, 2009.
Louis Robert Butts, 46, of Hallstead, PA to 18 months probation, pay restitution, pay $50 Criminal Justice Enhancement fee, pay $250 fine, pay cost of prosecution, perform 50 hours community service, not to have contact with the victim for Access Device Fraud in Susquehanna on January 18, 2009. Mr. Butts also received 6 months probation, pay $300 fine, pay cost of prosecution, pay $50 CAT surcharge, pay $10 EMS, pay $100 act 198, attend alcohol safe driving school program, continue with outpatient counseling for Driving Under the Influence in Hallstead on May 2, 2009. Finally, Mr. Butts received 72 hours to 6 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility, credit for time served, continue with outpatient counseling, pay $1,000 fine, pay $300 Act 195 fee, pay $50 CAT surcharge, pay $10 EMS, not to utilize alcoholic beverages, pay cost of prosecution for Driving Under the Influence in Hallstead on August 8, 2009.
Eugene Notarpippo, 51, of Hop Bottom, PA to 12 months to 48 months in a state correctional facility, credit for time served, pay $100 Act 198 fee, pay $500 fine, pay cost of prosecution, pay $250 DNA testing fee and submit sample, continue with drug and alcohol counseling, not to have contact with anyone on supervision, 11 p.m. curfew for Manufacture of a Controlled Substance in Brooklyn Township on July 17, 2008.
The Susquehanna Community School Board met for their first meeting of the year on January 20, and covered an extensive list of agenda items.
Correspondence was read from the Community Foundation, thanking the board for their support and use of the facilities for their annual basketball tournament. The Community Foundation Christmas tournament hosts the event to raise funds for a scholarship fund, and this year’s tournament raised $1,543.
Title I stimulus funds will be used to expand the K-4 program next year into a full day, six hour format. Students will still be transported on a separate bus, and the day will include time for snack, lunch and a rest period.
An in-service had been held the previous Monday on recognizing and reporting signs of child abuse, and several faculty members spoke about it in positive terms.
Bids were solicited for the high school roofing project, and the results were better than expected. A total of twelve were received, and most likely due to the economic downturn, the one accepted was about half of what had been anticipated, at a total of $519,000. The remainder of the funds allocated for the project will be used to expand the parking lot project and to repave the tennis court.
The yearly district audit has begun, as well as the yearly state audit.
The district’s fire alarm system will be upgraded; although it is somewhat outdated and it does work, there have been a number of problems with false alarms.
The board members were presented with certificates in recognition of their service, and secretary/board member Evelyn Cottrell was singled out and recognized for having served 27 years.
Some time ago, the district had implemented using the Saxon Math program and faculty members had often commented on how well it has worked. Superintendent Stone was pleased to announce that the district will be featured in Saxon’s yearly “report card.” Saxon had requested data, which had been sent, and the report card will be published this spring.
The district has submitted an application for a $65,000 Enhancing Education Through Technology grant, and is awaiting word on whether or not it has been approved.
With the end of the second marking period this week, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for today (Wednesday).
Business Manager Gary Kiernan reported that the district’s yearly PSERS (PA Public School Employees’ Retirement System) contribution this year will be at 8.22% of payroll, within expected rates, but that the contribution for the 2012/13 fiscal year is expected to see a substantial increase to 29.22%.
Notices have been mailed out to property owners who have not applied for the Homestead/Farmstead tax exemption. The exact amount of the exemption for qualified property owners for this year should be available in April; qualified properties are eligible for a reduction in real estate taxes from state gambling revenues.
The staff is already at work on the 2011 budget.
Other business approved by the board included the following:
- Adopting a resolution recognizing school board directors for 2010.
- A revised Crisis Response Plan
- Awarding the contract for the roofing project to J. M. Young and Sons.
- Excluding an individual from the campus according to policy 904.
- Any price negotiated by the county Tax Claim Bureau for two unsold repository properties located within the district.
- The 2010/11 Special Education Services contract with NEIU 19 at an estimated cost of $287,712.
- 2009/10 transportation contracts.
- Volunteers for the 2009/10 school year: Charlie Wormuth, varsity softball and Tiffanie Wolf, football cheerleading.
- The intent to retire, effective August 15, for Phil MacDonald, security.
- An unpaid leave of absence for Judie Parks, January 18 through May 18.
- The customary list of activities and fundraisers.
- Concurrent (dual) enrollment agreements with Lackawanna College and Luzerne County Community College.
- Medical sabbatical for Karen Loscig, effective January 30 through the end of the current school year.
- Hiring Bridgett Stone (Special Education Certified), for an 87-day learning support substitute position.
- A school vehicle-cellular phone policy (dealing with use of phones while individuals are operating district-owned vehicles).
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm in the administration offices in the elementary building.
On December 1, a resident on Lake Sophia who said someone tried to break into her home while she was away, reported a break-in attempt. Investigation at the residence showed that someone may have tampered with a patio door but did not gain entry. Patrols were increased in the area.
On December 2, it was reported that a private cabin in Silver Lake Township owned by Bernie and Mary Zalewski of Montrose, had been broken into and occupied by someone periodically. Investigation showed that someone had been staying in the cabin and they had left some belongings at the cabin. This incident is still under investigation.
On December 3, criminal mischief activity was reported in Franklin Township at the Mark Tompkins property. Vehicles had been driving on the property fields and doing damage. Investigation of the incident found two individuals and two vehicles involved, and the incident was resolved with restitution to the property owner.
On December 7, a one-vehicle accident was reported on Conroy Road, Franklin Township. Mr. Gerald Gere went off of the roadway and onto a residences’ lawn. No one was injured and the owner without further damage removed the vehicle.
On December 12, Matthew Hohn, of Brackney, lost control of his Chevy Tahoe while traveling south on Hawleyton Road. The vehicle slid on the icy roadway and over a bank and into a tree just into Choconut Township. No one was injured and Parks Garage towed the vehicle.
On December 12, John Tokos, of Brackney, reported hitting a deer on SR167 near Arrowhead Lake Road and damaging his vehicle.
On December 16, a school student slid on the icy roadway and into a ditch on SR29 while trying to stop for a school bus and to avoid hitting another vehicle. No one was injured, the vehicle was not damaged and High Tech Collision was able to get the vehicle back on the road.
On December 16, SLTPD watched a PennDOT truck hit 3 mailboxes next to SR4002 and completely destroy them. The vehicle was stopped and the incident was reported to the proper supervisors.
ASSIST OTHER AGENCY
On December 16, SLTPD assisted Montrose Police with a report of a possible suicide and other criminal activity.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY (DOG ATTACK)
On December 17, a resident on Laurel Lake, Silver Lake Township, and her 3-year-old youngster were attacked by their Rottweiler dog while watching TV at their residence. Both were transported to Binghamton General Hospital for injuries sustained from the incident.
On December 18, Maureen Allen lost control of her Hyundai while traveling west on SR4002 at Laurel Lake. She over compensated on the slippery roadway and ended up in the ditch. She suffered no injuries and the vehicle was towed by High Tech Collision.
On December 18, Tyler Lehtonen, of Kirkwood, NY, went off of the roadway while traveling north on SR167 near the NY state border. He suffered no injuries and the vehicle sustained only minor damage and was drivable.
On December 28, a domestic dispute was reported in Silver Lake Township involving a separated married couple and their two adult children. The home had been broken into by the children to remove their belongings. At this time, no charges are being filed. This incident is still under investigation.
On December 28, Kelly VanAuken of Montrose, struck a deer while traveling south on SR29, after another vehicle traveling north had also struck the deer. VanAuken was not injured, but her Hyundai was severely damaged and was towed by High Tech Collision.
Any information or questions for the Silver Lake Township Police, please call 570-278-6818 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be held strictly confidential. Visit the Silver Lake Township website at silverlaketwp.org to see all of the Silver Lake Townships’ news, profiles and resources, including police reports.
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