The Fell Twp. Supervisors say they are concerned about the future of the township and must take the necessary steps to ensure its future growth and, with that, its survival.


The Fell Twp. Supervisors say they are concerned about the future of the township and must take the necessary steps to ensure its future growth and, with that, its survival.
“The greatest threat to this township is running out of people,” board chairman Ron Cosklo stated at the supervisors’ meeting on Monday night, Nov. 7.
He explained that most residents are either approaching or past retirement age, adding that “in ten years, they’ll be somewhere else.”
“We’ve got to be welcoming to people who are thinking about moving here,” Cosklo offered, “especially young people who are working and looking for a place where they can raise their families.”
He stated that “being a welcoming community” involves continuing to keep taxes low, providing quality services for residents and maintaining the streets while also doing the major structural work that needs to be done, like the recently-completed Morse Ave. bridge project.
“The next big project of that kind will be the bridge going over Midland Street,” he related.
Cosklo said the township also expects to benefit from the revitalization efforts taking place in Carbondale under Mayor Justin Taylor.
“He kind of thinks the way we do,” Cosklo noted.
He said the supervisors anticipate that projects like construction of the Pioneer Plaza and the Northwestern Human Services relocation (in the former Newberry’s building) will have positive repercussions not only in Carbondale but in the surrounding communities as well, Fell Twp. included.
“We absolutely feel that what he’s doing is going to give a boost to the township,” he noted of Taylor’s initiatives.
When asked if he’s discussed these revitalization efforts with the mayor, Cosklo just laughed and said no.
“We’re too small for him to bother with,” he explained, “but if he keeps it up, it can only help us.”
During the public comment portion of the Nov. 7 meeting, township resident Joseph Hamilton questioned the supervisors about a garbage pile at the side of the road on Dundaff Street.  He stated that the pile has been there — near the townsip’s border with Carbondale, on the Fell Twp. side — for about two months.
Hamilton said he complained about it in the past — and even wrote a Letter to the Editor which was published, along with a picture of the pile, in the Carbondale News [“Slobs who dump trash,” Oct. 5 edition, page 4].
“You’re talking about creating a welcoming community,” he told the supervisors.  “Well, it’s not very welcoming to come up that hill and see that crap.”
Cosklo replied that the township has notified Louis DeNaples, the property owner, about the problem, and it is his responsibility to address it.
“We can’t clean up every property in the township,” Cosklo argued.  “It’s all over the place.”
In other matters, the supervisors:
•agreed to purchase four fire truck tires from Sandone Tire for $1,760.28, the lowest quote;
•announced that a water line and control valves were installed at the playground on 43rd St. by the township crew.