Wright Supervisors Accept Grant To Pave Township Roads

Residents on the township’s Fern and Laurel Drives will be pleased to hear that their streets are slated for resurfacing soon, and the rest of the community will happy to hear that the work is being funded through a grant.

Chairman Dan Frascella lead his colleagues through the November agenda, announcing that correspondence had been received from the Luzerne County Office of Community Development, “advising that Fern and Laurel Drives are eligible for $75,000 of street improvements under their grant program.”

By motion and vote Frascella was authorized to execute the Cooperative Agreement for the Block Grant funding.

An agreement was also ratified to accept a bid of $48,450.65 from American Asphalt for the resurfacing of the of the township’s tennis courts. In this cooperative venture, the Crestwood School District will contribute $20,000 to this project to the benefit of both organizations and the taxpayers. The funding also ensures the district’s use of the courts for a 10 year period for physical education classes and the boys and girls tennis teams.

The board agreed to employ the accounting firm of Grevera & Associates to conduct the audit of the 2013 township books. The contracted cost is $3,800 for the independent audit.

Under reports, Candace Smith advised that the Jack Williams Tire and Auto Service Center Preliminary Land Use Plan is under review. The Route 309 based proposal was granted a 90 review period extension which will expire in February 17, 2014.

In response to a question from resident Vince Wojnar, it was noted that the Jack Williams plan has already received a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit, a DEP permit and has now met “all requirements for preliminary land development approval.”

Frascella stated that Chief Royce Engler’s report for October showed that the police department responded to 288 incidents including, assault, burglary, thefts, fraud, criminal mischief, and others.

A total of 25 traffic citations were issued and six traffic accidents were investigated. The department assisted other law enforcement agencies 18 times in October and were assisted in 14 incidents.

The next regular meeting will be held on December 9, 2013.