led to the exploration of a fire-services tax.
Much media coverage came to the ending of the bazaar and the proposed tax. This has resulted in fire departments from all over Northeast Pennsylvania calling the Mountaintop Hose Co. to inquire about the idea of a tax, as they, too have seen a decline in volunteers and profits. “The whole world is watching what happens here in Fairview Twp.,” Hourigan stated.
In other business, Hourigan reported that the Mountaintop Hose Co. had a busy month with 50 calls coming in July. This included 19 calls related to the July 20 rainstorm that brought down many trees and wires in the area.
The hose company’s final bazaar was its most successful ever, he continued, with a profit of $45,500. This is at least $10,000 more than the bazaar usually makes and, he added, “That was pretty thrilling and left us on a high note.”
The Fairview Police answered 309 calls in July, reported Supervisor Robert Orloski, including 35 calls for suspicious persons or vehicles, five domestic disturbances, four animal complaints, three reports of theft, and one count of assault and one count of sexual assault involving a child.
Police assisted with 16 motor-vehicle accidents, helped 10 disabled motorists, and assisted other agencies 44 times, Orloski continued. Officers issued 16 traffic citations and 15 warnings, he said, and two patrol cars were fitted with patrol rifles. Similar equipment will soon be placed in the township’s other two police cars. Supervisors received two bids for the sale of a 2011 unmarked police cruiser. The winning bid, of $1,607, went to Chicago Motors Inc., a company from Illinois.
Orloski stated that the board received complaints from a COG worker, at the compost center that Fairview Twpp. shares with Wright and Rice townships, that someone has been using the site to drop off poles, posts, and concrete. “This will not and cannot be tolerated,” the supervisor said. “Anyone caught bringing anything other than yard waste will be fined and not allowed to use the site any longer.”
The board moved to send a supervisor, its secretary and zoning officer, and three township workers to the Luzerne County Association of Township Officials annual convention, at a cost of $25 per person. The convention will be held on Aug. 16 in Dallas, Pa.
Road crews spent last month doing drainage work and patching potholes, reported Supervisor and Roadmaster Russ Marhold. Extensive work was also done in the Crestwood Pharmacy parking lot on a malfunctioning storm drain that is the property of the township.
The zoning department brought in $1,743 in revenue from permits in July, stated Zoning Officer John Doddo, and has been enforcing three outstanding violations, one of which may soon go before the magistrate. The township’s website, fairviewluzerne.com,has been updated, he added, and now includes sections where residents can access the township’s zoning map, as well as applications for zoning and building permits.
The board also heard from resident David Adamczyk, of 31 Park Lane North, about constant and excessive flooding of his property, both from a neighbor’s swimming pool, and from runoff coming from the Greystone development. While supervisors and the zoning officer stated they could enforce the situation regarding the neighbor, there’s little that can be done about the Greystone situation.
Since the water from the Greystone development is coming down the hill and onto Adamczyk’s property as a result of added development in recent years and more impervious surface, the township cannot act, explained Attorney Donald Karpowich. Had the flooding rather come from problems with stormwater drains in the development, the township could do something, he said.
Supervisors agreed to have the township engineer explore whether an extra stormwater basin is needed at Greystone.