“None of us in Mountaintop want to deprive a homeowner,” Zurek said, “but it just doesn’t look right.”
In other business, the board changing its zoning ordinance to include medical marijuana facilities, which would require a special-use permit. The definition of such facilities comes from the state law allowing them, and specifies that, for a patient to obtain medical marijuana, he must be treated by a physician for a serious illness. The new ordinance sets regulations for the growing, processing, and trucking of medical marijuana, if such a permit is granted within the township.
The board executed a “street light services” agreement with PPL to cover new street-light installation and to convert some or all of the township’s existing street lights to LED lights. A motion was also made to change a Fairview Township address on Division Street to be in sequence with new addresses that Luzerne County 911 requested. Most of the homes on that street are in Wright Township and have had their numbers changed.
Board members agreed to donate $1,000 to the MS Kirby Library for its annual fund drive and to advertise for snow plowing and equipment rental for the 2017/18 season.
The Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1 answered 38 calls in August, five of those calls coming in one day for separate incidents, stated David Hourigan, president of the organization. The fire department is in the midst of informing residents of the Nov. 7 referendum for a fire-services tax, he said, and part of this includes letters that will be sent to each township resident.
Fairview Police answered 326 calls in August, the most serious being a murder/suicide on Kirby Avenue that required a lengthy investigation, reported Orloski. Other calls to police last month included 33 reports of suspicious persons or vehicles, eight animal complaints, four noise complaints, three thefts, one domestic dispute and one drug violation.
Officers issued 16 traffic citations, 20 warnings, and made one driving-under-the-influence arrest, Orloski continued. Police also answered calls for 17 burglar alarms and assisted motorists seven times.
The township’s summer park program was again a success this year, ending with its annual campout at Memorial Park, reported Township Secretary Barbara Wasiakowski. New equipment for the two-to five-year-old’s playground is in the process of being installed, she said, and new lighting and security cameras have also been placed at the park, paid for by grant money.
Road crews worked last month trimming roadsides within township right-of-ways, clearing drainage outlets, replacing sections of fence on Sutherland Drive, and with assisting in the installation of the Memorial Park playground equipment, Roadmaster Russ Marhold noted.
The zoning department collected $9,298 in fees in the month of August, for permits including a new home constructed on N. Mountain Blvd., two new driveways, three pools, and a porch addition. Two letters of outstanding violation were issued to homeowners, Wasiakowski added, and one notice of violation will be heard before the magistrate on Oct. 12.
It was also announced that Luzerne County Solid Waste Management will hold free used tire recycling events, for residents only, on Oct. 14, at Hanover Junior-Senior High School and on Oct. 17, at Drums Elementary School.