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Police have been monitoring these roads and have issued 14 citations.
Discussion on stocking fish at the Ice Lakes revealed that two $5,000 donations were received by Rice Township and stocking was only done once. The first donation was received in 2011 and stocking was done in 2012. A second donation of $5,000 was received in 2012 and has not been spent. The township has contacted Joe Gallagher, owner of Ecological Solutions to come to the July supervisors meeting to go over Ice Lakes options including stocking and vegetation management.
Supervisor Miller Stella returned his Township cell phone on May 8, 2014. The Verizon Representative was notified that Rice will be discontinuing service to that line.
Stella’s use of the township cellphone for personal calls was discussed at the May meeting after Stella stated that yes he had used the phone for personal use. “I understand that Attorney Rockman has requested my cellphone bills. I understand that Attorney Dean and his staff in his office are going through some paperwork that is going to cost this township some money. I think we’ve had enough expense in this township. Where are going with this? I don’t understand. There was supposed to be no retaliation, and this is exactly what this is,” said Stella.
Solicitor Jack Dean said last month that Mr. Rockman (Marcia Thomas’ attorney for her settled lawsuit with Rice Township) had filed a Right to Know Request, which he is entitled to do. The cell phone records for Miller Stella from 2010 to 2014 were pulled. Records are voluminous. Certain things are excluded from production and are protected. Several days have been spent reviewing and redacting information at Dean’s office. Dean estimated three full days of work but it would be a few thousand dollars.
Rice approved a payment on May 21 for $4,538.92 to the lawfirm of Elliot, Greenleaf & Dean. The breakdown on the bill was not available as of press time.
Electronic recycling will be available on June 14 from 9am to 3pm at Hanover Area Junior Senior High School in Hanover Township.
The supervisors extend a big thank you to Cub Scout Pack #433 and the Mountain Top Garden Club’s beautification projects. The scouts planted flowers around the flagpole and cleaned up garbage around the Municipal Building. The Mountain Top Garden Club planted flowers around the Municipal Building and in the Memorial Garden.
The board approved the purchase of 2 Kenwood TK-7360HVK Mobile Radios with accessories for $1,131.12 and a Kenwood TK-2180K-NKP Portable Radio with accessories for $636.38; Total: $1,767.50. These radios are at the State Contract Pricing and will be utilized by the Rice Township Police Department.
NEPA Geeks was hired to secure the township’s wireless internet connection at a price of $296.79. In a related matter Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) was approved to host the Rice Township website for $240 per year with a $200 one time set up charge. To date the Rice Township website has had minimal updates for the past four years.
The board approved a donation for $250 to the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library for their annual fund drive. The board also approved a $200 donation to the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, which promotes literacy and the thrill of reading to the youth of Luzerne County. State Senator John Yudichak formerly represented Rice Township.