Wright Twp. To Begin First Phase Of Municipal Building Renovation

The Wright Township Board of Supervisors will use grant money to update its comprehensive plan and to begin the first phase of construction for renovation of the municipal building.

At the July 13 supervisors’ meeting, the board accepted a community development block grant, for $100,000. The federal funds come through the Luzerne County Office of Community Development. The bulk of the grant, $80,000, will be used to remove and replace the handicapped-access ramp at the municipal building, according to board chairman Donald Zampetti.

The township has outgrown the 45-year-old municipal building, he said earlier, so renovation plans include construction of a new police station connected to the old building, and an upgrade of current township offices. The work is expected to be complete by early next year.

The remaining $20,000 from the grant, Zampetti explained at the meeting, will be used for a community survey, to be conducted by municipal planner Jack Varaly. The survey will be the first stage in updating the township’s comprehensive plan.

The board also voted to apply for a transportation grant, for $23,772, to pave the park-and-ride lot next to the municipal building. The board agreed to pay $10,188, the remaining cost of paving the lot not covered by the grant.

The township’s environmental advisory council is also looking at grant money, to be used to purchase security cameras to monitor illegal dumping, related Zampetti.

Supervisor Candace Smith reported the police department handled 347 incidents in June and issued 78 traffic citations. The fire police responded to six fires and six accidents, she said.

Supervisors accepted the resignation of Police Officer Michael Marshall, who is retiring after 27 years on the force. Zampetti asked the board to send Marshall a letter of appreciation for his service.

The board then appointed Joshua Deets as a probationary police officer, to be paid $20 an hour, starting July 26. At the end of a 180-day trial period, the board will decide whether or not to appoint Deets as Marshall’s permanent replacement.

Three roads will be closed for the Rotary Club’s 5K run, to be held on Oct. 3. The board moved to close South Main Road, Albert Road, and Deer Run Drive from 7:30 to 11 a. m. that day.