year but the county declined participating in the spraying program for residential areas.
In other business at the Wright Township meeting, the board appointed township Secretary Joan Malkemes as security officer and privacy official. These new roles were created because they’re as required by the township’s health insurance carrier.
In April, the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department handled 29 incidents, including several weather-related issues, several motor-vehicle accidents, and other emergencies, reported Supervisor Michael Marshall.
Training events for firemen continue to be held each week and plans are underway for the fire department’s annual bazaar, to be held from June 9 to 11. The board approved its chairman to execute a “certificate of approval” for the fire department to finance the purchase of a new truck, a Pierce Pumper Tanker.
The Wright Township Police answered 289 calls in April, including six counts of harassment, five trespassing calls, three acts of theft, two reports of fighting, and one act of vandalism, reported Supervisor Jerry Uram. Officers issued 23 traffic citations, two non-traffic citations, and one warning.
Police also assisted with seven motor-vehicle accidents, Uram said, and officers assisted other agencies on 22 incidents. The fire police handled 21 incidents in April, including eight fires, seven accidents, and six false alarms. They assisted Fairview and Rice townships three times, Dorrance twice, and Hanover and Wilkes-Barre Township once.
The board accepted the resignation of Gary Bella, from its parks and recreation committee. Chairman Louis Welebob Jr. suggested the board send Bella a letter expressing its appreciation for his service to the township.
At its April meeting, the recreation committee discussed having a table at the Kiwanis Club’s pet parade, to be held at the municipal park on May 20. Funds from the parade will contribute toward the creation of a dog park, which was recently approved by supervisors.
The committee also discussed improving the park’s basketball courts and finding ways to attract more residents to the annual July 4 fireworks display, reported Macko. She also announced that the township is accepting applications for part-time seasonal maintenance workers for the park.
Workers with the Department of Public Works received and answered four complaints last month and received and completed 36 requests for work, stated Welebob. Preliminary reports from the township’s annual spring cleanup show that 13 dumpsters worth of materials were recycled. Welebob went on to name items that residents disposed of, including 60 appliances, such as washers, dryers, and freezers, 65 tires, 25 lawn mowers, and 10 bicycles.
The supervisor noted that Luzerne County’s annual tire collection will be open to all residents on Sat., June 10, from 8 a. m. to 2 p. m., at the Hanover Junior-Senior High School.
The board went on to approve the hiring of Robert Reynolds, as driver and laborer for the public works department, to work 25 to 30 hours per week and to be paid $13 a hour with no benefits.
The zoning department approved three building permits in April, as well as permits for a garage, an addition, a driveway, and for stormwater. Supervisor Donald Zampetti announced that the zoning officer will have new hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p. m.