law enforcement officials and community-minded citizens organized a crime safety panel to dispel rumors and address concerns. Attended by 200 residents, several township police chiefs spoke at that panel and shared statistics that proved that Mountaintop is indeed one of the safest places to live in Northeast Pennsylvania.
This week, Chief Engler noted, “Our police department is proactive. When a citizen calls in a complaint, that complaint is answered as quickly as possible.”
Wright Township was ranked 52 out of 100 for safety and was the one of three municipalities in Luzerne County to make the ranking. The other two were Kingston Township, which ranked 89, and Dallas Township, positioned at 93 out of 100. The safest “city” on the list was Paint Township, in Somerset County, in Southwestern Pennsylvania; Paint Township cited zero violent crimes.
In other business, on Aug. 14, the Wright Township Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Ace Sealcoating LLC, to repair the basketball courts at the municipal park. The project will cost $8,547 and has been prioritized for months by the township’s parks and recreation committee, which researched and examined the best way to repair the cracked and worn cement on the courts.
After accepting the resignation of Zoning Officer Andrew Holter, who held the post for less than a year, the board approved the appointment of a new zoning officer. Effective as of Aug. 14, Carl Alber Jr. took the position of Wright Township zoning officer, to be paid $20 an hour plus 50 cents per mile traveled on township business. Supervisors specified that this is “an at-will, part-time position with no benefits and no guarantee as to the length of the term of employment.” It was also noted that the zoning officer’s hours will be Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p. m., and Fridays, from 1 to 4 p. m.
The board also moved to approve the 911 recommendation to change the address numbers of Division Street to those that will be approved by the National Emergency Number Association and the U. S. Post Office.
A contract was renewed with Solomon Container Service for recycling service, for two years, effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019. A proposal was also accepted from Grevera & Associates, for the Local Share Account Grant Project Audit, at a cost of $1,250.
Resident Graydon Hoyt noted that, while the police report sounded good, he felt the township needs more police presence because of problems he is having at his business. One example he gave was that doors at his business were tampered with, 31 of them, in spite of a $2,300 security system he installed. Hoyt told board members that he is paying $16,000 in taxes and he needs help. He was thanked for bringing his concerns to the board’s attention and was told it will be considered at budget time.