The ice rink was added to Wright Township in 2011 and enjoyed by skaters in some winters and closed down for several others. Past problems at the rink, in addition to warm temperatures, included damage caused by summer roller skaters.
In other business, the board hired Strategic Municipal Group LLC to revise specific areas of the township’s zoning ordinance pertaining to C1, the conservation district.
The board also entered into a services-partnership agreement with the SPCA of Luzerne County. Solicitor Jack Dean explained that the agreement, made with many municipalities in the county, establishes a flat fee for a township to turn a stray animal over to the SPCA. For the first year of the five-year agreement, the cost will be $19 a stray, going up slightly each year and concluding with $95 per stray in the final year of the agreement. Without this contract, Dean said, it would cost more to the township to turn stray animals over to the organization; in 2017, the township handled six stray animals.
In December, Wright Township Police handled 224 incidents, reported Macko, including five counts of harassment; three counts of theft and burglary; two counts of narcotics possession, trespassing, and disorderly conduct; and one count of illegal dumping and threats. Police issued 10 traffic citations, one non-traffic citation, one warning, and made one driving-under-the-influence arrest. Other law enforcement agencies were assisted by Wright Police 13 times and Wright was assisted with 28 incidents, Macko continued.
Sergeant Scott Rozitski and Officer Kristen Paulshock received training in December to handle domestic-violence incidents and Paulshock also received ARIDE training, that is Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Macko added that the fire police in Wright Township gave assistance to Rice and Dorrance four times, Fairview Township twice, and assistance to Fairview’s EMS once.
The Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to 28 incidents in December, reported Supervisor Michael Marshall, including several structural fires, fire alarms, motor-vehicle accidents, and other incidents. The unofficial number of total incidents responded to in 2017 is 332 and a year-end report for 2017 will be submitted at the next Board of Supervisors’ meeting, citing the official total.
The department’s fund-drive reminder has been mailed to residents and it is the biggest fundraiser of the year, as the department relies on donations to defray apparatus costs and update its equipment. Marshall added that Santa Claus, who visited local children in December by riding aboard a fire truck and driving through Wright and Rice township neighborhoods, was well received.
The township’s public works department received and corrected two complaints and received and completed four requests for work in December, Marshall continued. On winter-road maintenance, 74 man hours were spent, and other work last month included maintenance at the COG facility, correcting and raising low utility wires on top of Brandywyn Drive, and repairing and upkeep of various machines.
Two zoning permits were issued in December, stated Supervisor Donald Zampetti, for a new home and for a shed. Two building permits were also issued by Code Inspections Inc., one for building and one for demolition. No notices of violation were issued in December.