Fate Of Ice Skating Rink Discussed At Wright Meeting

Wright Township residents were hardly able to use the municipal park’s ice-skating rink last year, due to unusually high temperatures and, this year, may not be able to use the rink at all.

At the Oct. 10 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Jerome Uram reported that, in September, the parks and recreation board discussed the fate of the ice rink for winter skating at length and came to the conclusion that it may not be cost effective to further the program. When the rink was built five years ago, the grants that paid for it did not cover refrigeration costs, which would keep the ice frozen. That is a township expense.

Supervisor Michael Marshall further explained that, last year, the township made ice for the rink several times, only to have the temperatures elevate back into the 60’s, melting the ice and making it impossible to skate. If the weather is the same this year, he said, the township will decide not to utilize the rink for winter skating.

However, Marshall added, if for an extended time the weather is cold and below freezing, plans to proceed with making ice for the rink will commence. At times when the rink isn’t being used for winter skating, it is used during warmer seasons for roller skating and street hockey, and even is lighted for nighttime use.

In other business, Board Chairman Louis Welebob Jr. announced that the supervisors had a meeting on Oct. 8, where they drove around the township together, conducting a visual inspection of both road conditions and street signs.

The board heard from Ruth Oravitz, of 43 Terrace Drive, of stormwater problems at her property. Frustrated, Oravitz said she’s been to the board for help many times, without receiving assistance, and has had her home flooded at least seven times because of inadequate drainage.

The problem is both with the drainage ditch that is supposed to, but does not, flow into the WapwallopenCreek, and also the creek itself, whichneeds to be cleaned out and dredged.

Welebob told Oravitz that theboard can’t act because the drainageditch is on private property. Whenher development was built and thetownship had the roads dedicated toit, it was never given an easementthat included the stormwater system. Oravitz disagreed with this and toldthe board so.

As far as dredging theWapwallopen Creek, the boardrealizes it is necessary, but the PAFish Commission, as well as theDEP, have both denied that action, Welebob noted.

The board was also approached byRobert Stout, of 22 Mill St., aboutputting a street light on an existingpole near his property. It is too darkthere at night, causing a potentialproblem for plow drivers, as well asmaking the area a spot where those inparked cars do questionable businessthat he has reported to police, Stoutsaid. Welebob responded that he willlook into the matter and report backto Stout.

Wright Township Police answeredto 302 incidents in September, including seven thefts, fourharassment cases, three criminalmischiefs, two fraud, and one drugsale. Police also issued 31 citations, 11 warnings, and investigated fivemotor-vehicle accidents, reportedUram.

Township Police attended top-gunand tactical weapons training classes, as well as taser recertification. Thefire police handled 21 incidents inSeptember, including 10 accidents, five fires, and four false alarms.

The board approved the 2017Police Pension Plan, as well as the2017 Non-Uniformed Pension Plan. It also agreed to appoint TimothyO’Reilly, for the township’s portionof arbitration, to be paid $200 perhour.

The Wright Township VolunteerFire Department handled 26 incidentsin September, many pertaining tomotor-vehicle accidents with two