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The Point Township Cannery Road construction project is about to begin. The project is set to start on the week of May 11 and will last approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on weather or other hurdles that crews may come along.
This project includes a Full-Depth Reclamation between the intersections of Ridge Road and Gibbons Road where heavy truck traffic occurs. Crews will then use Cold in Place milling and paving to upgrade Cannery Road from Gibbons Road to Sixteenth Street.
Please plan ahead to avoid the area if possible. Residents should be aware that traffic patterns may change for necessary detours, including, but not limited to Gibbons Road and Stone School Road.
The Point Township Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00pm will be held via teleconference. For anyone wishing to participate in the meeting, please call the office at (570) 473-3198 on Tuesday, May 12th between the hours of 8-3 to receive a meeting number and access code. For security reasons, residents must provide their name, address and phone number. Participants will be muted until the Public Comment portion of meeting and then will be required to state their name prior to speaking.
On April 14, 2020, the Township received several phone calls from residents regarding statements shared on social media with respect to candidates for open road crew positions, as well as alleged discussions and positions of certain Board members with respect to the candidates, a current employee, and the hiring process generally. The matters discussed in the social media post were on the agenda to be considered and voted upon at the Township’s regular public meeting later that evening.
The residents who called the Township expressed concern regarding the statements made on the social media platform due to the fact that 1) the statements were seen as derogatory in nature as to several of the candidates and an employee of the Township, and concern was expressed as to the potential of liability attaching to the Township that could expose taxpayers to fiscal liability; and 2) the information shared from the alleged “source” had a level of specificity and context that suggested that the source may be sharing information that would have typically been discussed in a closed Executive Session of the Board, and should not have been disseminated to members of the public. A resident subsequently reiterated these concerns at the public meeting that same evening, and several calls from residents were received in the days following that public meeting.
The Point Township Board of Supervisors takes very seriously its duty and obligations to share information regarding its operations with its residents as required by the PA Sunshine Act. However, the Township also takes very seriously its duty and obligations to protect the Township, its employees and, by extension, its taxpayers from liabilities associated with inappropriate dissemination of information discussed in the Board’s Executive Sessions. The potential for this kind of liability is specifically recognized by the PA Sunshine Act, and that is why the Act creates exceptions to open meetings, such as Executive Sessions and informational conferences of boards of public entities. The Board also recognizes the chilling effect that instances like this may have on potential candidates for open positions in the future.
In response to these circumstances and the public’s inquiries, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Randall Yoxheimer, has requested that the Township Solicitor, Richard Shoch, Esq. of The Shoch Law Office, P.C., engage in a Fact-Finding with respect to this incident and report any findings to the Board, along with recommendations as to steps that the Board can consider to minimize the chance that instances such as this will be repeated in the Township.
If any member of the public has any information regarding this incident, we ask that you please contact the Solicitor at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (570) 492-7133 to share that information. The Board will release to the public the substance of the Fact-Finding Report and Recommendations, as appropriate, after all information has been compiled and reviewed by the Board. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The Point Township Recreation Park on Quarry Road will be operating under modified rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the time of year when we would typically be opening the park and start a rather busy schedule. Unfortunately, some changes are necessary. Current guidelines encourage outdoor physical activity, such as walking, playing in the fields, etc. while maintaining social distancing, use of PPE, and of course good common sense and personal hygiene practices. The public is welcome to take advantage of the park for a safe place to get some fresh air, but please keep yourself and others safe by engaging in these best practices.
Dear Point Township Residents,
The Point Township Board of Supervisors are making this preliminary report on our website regarding the Point Township Municipal Building Project. This building project has been openly discussed in many Township meetings over the last several years, but only recently has the opportunity to achieve this goal become a reality. That opportunity came in the form of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, (RACP).
Within this RACP grant process, the Township has always had a specific plan that included public presentation, explanation and feedback. While we are not formally at this step in the process yet, we are releasing a preliminary report in response to some very negative and inaccurate information that has been casting a negative light on what we believe should be viewed as an exciting opportunity for Point Township. This project will resolve many previously identified hazards and deficiencies in the current municipal complex and provide an affordable solution at significant savings to our residents.
First, we would like to provide a brief history regarding the project. Point Township was fortunate enough, through our prior and current State Representatives, Merle Phillips and Linda Culver, respectively, to have been named for an itemization of $500,000 in Harrisburg. This itemization is the first critical step in qualifying for the RACP grant. More recently, as this itemization was set to expire, Rep. Culver re-qualified the Township and helped achieve an increase up to $600,000 that would help account for inflation. The Township applied for RACP in 2018 but was not selected. In 2019, the Township applied again, and Rep. Culver worked diligently to get this money back to the local community. In the final hours of grant recipient selection, the Township had the opportunity to be selected, but money was tight, and we were approved for a $500,000 grant.
Point Township was ready to receive this grant and had a viable project because the Board and the various Township departments have been identifying both the strengths and weaknesses of the Township for many years now. This is a continuous process that includes stakeholders now and into the future. The Township routinely receives complaints and concerns from residents, and we attempt to find practical solutions. One of the most common complaints expressed by residents and businesses is how they have been bounced around from one location to another as they have needed different Township resources. This was a guiding factor in the current project to achieve a ‘one stop government shop’.
The current building was built in the 1950’s, (currently the road department) and had a piece added in the 1970’s, (police, secretary and board room). This current building has many problems, including electrical deficiencies, ADA compliance, roof/snow hazards, regular HVAC failures with pending end of life issues, and insulation problems to name a few. The Township pays an insurance penalty due to the road crew and its associated fuels and chemicals existing in the same structure as Township offices. Moving the road department into its own building will eliminate this hazard and double the available square footage for all other offices.
The project will provide space for the current departments, including the secretary, road department and police department. The project will also incorporate space for other entities that our residents interact with. This includes the sewer department, tax collector, building inspector, code and zoning offices. The sewer and tax offices will include 24/7/365 drive through payment windows for convenience. Bringing the tax collector and sewer department into the building both enhances convenience to residents and provides a cost savings reaching into the future. By providing the tax collector an office, the Board can assess the amount of money paid to the tax collector and make your collected tax dollars go further.
The sewer authority currently exists in a 1960’s temporary job site trailer. This is not a permanent solution and presents substantial problems. The trailer does not provide reasonable space for office functions or records storage. The trailer does not provide a capability to properly store and service valuable equipment. Only through the generosity of those currently involved with the sewer authority are these shortcomings currently being met. This is not a typical arrangement and is not guaranteed into the future. The Authority needs a solution, and while the Township and Authority are two separate entities, cooperation is critical to deliver essential services to the residents at a reasonable cost. This is the logic used in the Authority contributing $200,000 into the Municipal Building Project. In return, the Township will guarantee a 20-year lease to the Authority, working out to about $833/month and includes heating/cooling, lavatory facilities, etc. It is unlikely the Authority could find such an affordable solution, guaranteed for two decades, while maintaining the ‘One Stop Shop’ goal of the municipal building project.
The Township has identified several key issues with the current facility; they include, but are not limited to:
The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. The RACP grant process is progressing forward and we anticipate putting the project out for bid around March of 2020 if possible. We would like to receive bids and get on a builder’s schedule to take advantage of good weather for the project as soon as possible. The project is also specifically designed to work in phases. This allows the Township to stay operational during the process.
We would like to also address some points of view on renovating versus building new and resource conservation. Too often, entire buildings are demolished to be replaced with some ‘Taj Mahal’ facility. This project is being driven by necessity and will be finished modestly so it ‘fits’ our Township. We believe that the current facility lends itself well to renovation. Much of the current facility is ‘money in the bank’ and it would be wasteful to simply abandon it to a landfill. Additionally, moving can be a real pain! For any of us that have moved a residence, imagine the burdens of moving a municipal government while staying operational. Years of consideration and planning have provided a clear direction to make use of as much of what we already have to conserve resources and hold the line on costs.
The Township will continue to provide updates regarding this project.
We feel confident at this point that the building project and many road projects already on the table can be accomplished without any borrowing. The Township will also retain the capability into the foreseeable future to maintain a reasonable road construction and repair schedule.
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