Fire Tax

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and donations to operate and the loss of the bazaar, along with a steady decrease in monetary donations sent to the fire department by residents, led to the exploration of a fire-services tax.

In August, the board of supervisors agreed to let residents vote on the tax and moved to submit that request to Luzerne County so it can be placed on November’s election ballot. With the recent denial of that referendum, the supervisors will discuss implementing the fire tax at its 2018 budget sessions, stated Supervisor Robert Orloski. Those sessions will be held on Oct. 16, at 6 p. m., and on Oct. 30, at 6:30 p. m.

In other business, the Fairview Police handled 318 incidents in the month of September, Orloski reported. These included 42 calls for suspicious persons, vehicles, or circumstances; 10 thefts of vehicles; eight domestic disputes; eight animal complaints; five fights or disputes; one narcotics arrest; one public drunkenness report; and one count of harassment.

Police issued 23 traffic citations, 17 warnings, and made one driving-under-the-influence arrest. Some of the officers received training in several areas, including field-sobriety testing and firearm training.

At Memorial Park, new equipment has been installed behind the concession stands, noted Supervisor Michael Iorio. The pond at the park has also been drained and the township is in the process of deciding how to proceed, as the area may need structural walls or concrete to be installed.

Supervisor Russ Marhold related that the crew in the Department of Public Works spent last month busy with Memorial Park renovations. They also spread 50,000 pounds of blacktop, in patching potholes, and are still fixing additional roads. The board accepted a letter of resignation from William Evans, who has worked several years as a recycling attendant and has recently taken a new job that conflicts with the hours of his township job. Evans expressed much gratitude to the township for the time he spent working there, since he was a freshman in high school, and for the skills he acquired.

Zoning Officer John Doddo reported that, in September, the township took in $5,917 in fees from permits relating to new home construction or attaching of decks and porches. Three outstanding zoning violations are being addressed, he said, with one appearing before the magistrate on Oct. 12.

The board also agreed to apply for a gaming grant, in the amount of $120,000, for a new Sherwood Freightliner truck with equipment. Barbara Wasiakowski, township secretary and treasurer, was authorized to execute all documents pertaining to the application.