Wright

Continued from page 1

shouted from the audience that the line of questioning was inappropriate and uncalled for.

Marshall then made a motion for an investigation by the attorney general’s office. When he asked for support on the motion, after a long moment of silence, Supervisor Collen Macko seconded the motion. Chairman Louis Welebob voted to pass the motion; Zampetti gave the only dissenting vote with Supervisor Jerry Uram absent.

In other business, the Wright Township Police answered 266 calls in January, Zampetti reported. Those calls included five thefts, three charges of harassment, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of fraud, two acts of disorderly conduct, one weapons possession, one narcotics possession, and one narcotics sale.

Police also issued 11 traffic citations, four non-traffic citations, and three warnings, Zampetti continued, and officers assisted with eight motor-vehicle accidents and assisted other agencies on 26 incidents.

The fire police answered 21 calls in January, including seven accidents, seven false alarms, two fires, and one EMS assist. The fire police also assisted Dorrance five times, Rice Township twice, and Fairview Township once last month.

The Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department handled 21 incidents in January, Marshall stated, including one structure fire, one motor-vehicle accident with entrapment, and several other emergencies. Training is planned for the next several months for firemen, covering areas such as handling of hazardous materials.

The fire department calculated the total number of incidents it responded to in 2016 and the number, 369, is equivalent to the incidents handled in 2015, Marshall went on. Of the 369 calls to the department, 40 percent involved responding to motor-vehicle accidents or EMS calls; 25 percent was for false alarms; 13 percent was for fires; and nine percent was for responding to hazardous conditions.

At its monthly meeting, the environmental advisory council discussed holding public information sessions on topics such as ticks and preserving wetlands, Macko reported. Those sessions will be announced to the public when the schedules are finalized.

The parks and recreation committee discussed the need for new backboards on the basketball hoops at the municipal park and the need to paint new lines on the basketball court, Macko said. The dilapidated state of the current playground was also discussed, she said, and committee members agreed that replacing the entire playground would be more cost effective than repairing each damaged piece of equipment.

Further discussion at the parks and recreation meeting included how to prevent grass and weeds from overgrowing on the walking trails at the municipal park, Macko continued, and how to attract more residents to the annual Christmas tree lighting, as the 2016 event was well coordinated but had a lower turnout than anticipated.

Marshall read a letter to the supervisors from the township’s planning board about a recent site inspection of St. Jude’s new church, which is under construction and planned to be ready in June. The construction seems to be in accordance with Wright Township codes, Marshall stated, and the current progress of the project appears to be in compliance with the plans the church previously submitted to the township.

The township’s department of public works received and corrected two complaints and received and completed nine requests for work, Roadmaster Welebob explained. Crews also patched potholes, repaired a sinkhole, and completed shoulder work. The supervisor advised that it is illegal for residents to shovel snow into the roadway, as it interferes with those traveling on township roads.

The zoning department issued one driveway permit in January, Zampetti noted, and mailed a notice for a sign violation. The board moved to change the specifications for impervious area and the related stormwater management zoning fees for those building or seeking permits to build.

The board also passed an ordinance that imposes a $50 fine for those who pass a check with insufficient funds to the township. The offender then will have seven business days to pay the check in full and the $50 fine or they will be subject to criminal charges.