Duane Austin returned to Hawley Council, June 13, to ask again about the status of finding funds to fix Paupack Street. Her street, in Hawley’s Eddy section, remains badly eroded with potholes.

HAWLEY - Duane Austin returned to Hawley Council, June 13, to ask again about the status of finding funds to fix Paupack Street. Her street, in Hawley’s Eddy section, remains badly eroded with potholes.

Council President Monaghan said that if they can get a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Council will need to canvas the residents on the street and ask information regarding their range of income level. One hundred percent cooperation will be needed, she said, to be able to apply for the CDBG funds.

CDBG is frequently used for paving projects. The federal Housing & Urban Development money, passed through the state and administered by the county, goes towards projects that benefit at least 51% of low to moderate income households.

Councilwoman Michelle Rojas said that if this opportunity becomes available, Council could use Mrs. Austin’s help in encouraging her neighbors to cooperate with the door to door survey.

“The other option we have is to raise taxes, which no one wants to do,” Monaghan said. Rojas said they had a short discussion about doing capital budgeting which would allow raising a “little bit of extra tax” spread over multiple years and set aside for projects so they won’t have to always apply for grants.

Austin commented that if the borough had charged everyone who drove down Paupack Street and Falls Avenue to see the roaring falls when the power company opened the dam gate recently, half the cost to pave the road could have been raised.

Cpl. Hilling remembered

A moment of silence was observed for Cpl. Ernie Hilling, who previously worked for Hawley Police, and died June 8. Chief Daniel Drake called Hilling “a great officer.” Ernest C. Hilling Jr., was age 74 and resided in Lakeville. He was a police officer for 25 years with the Cresskill, NJ Police Department until his retirement in 1998. In 1999 he and his wife Patricia moved to Lakeville, and he became a part-time officer for Hawley Borough.

A woman in the audience, Linda, questioned why the code enforcement officer has not addressed overgrown lawns. She referred to three lots on Bellemonte Avenue with high grass and one address there with a sofa that had sat out front “for months.” Councilwoman Elaine Herzog added, “They have sidewalks we can’t even find.”

Hawley Area Authority has about $50,000 in delinquent sewer accounts. About half are properties considered uncollectible until the property is sold. Liens are in place. Upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant is expected to be complete by late July.

Lt. Chuck Peters, who was recently named to that post at Hawley Fire Department, reported that they had 17 emergency calls in May.

Left-over funding from a stormwater mitigation project were approved for use to repair a 150 foot swale ditch at Highland and Cedar Avenue. The state would have to approve the project but is seen as a likely fit since it is adjacent to the original.

Part of the funds were also approved for work on Cypress Street, which involves changing the pitch of the road to better control drainage.

Leeward Construction will be completing the paving of Maple Avenue up to where Aqua PA paved last year.

A public meeting on the Joint Comprehensive Plan revision is set of July 11 at 6 p.m. at Borough Hall. Hawley is working with Paupack and Palmyra township on the revision.

Mayor Hawk performed two weddings in May.

Levee project

Condemnation proceeding against the Kizis’ property was revoked by Council after Solicitor Robert Bernathy reported that the owner came forward to sign the needed right-of-way agreement for the borough’s contractor hired to fix the flood levee culverts.

Two other condemnation orders are also expected to be lifted, given indication the owners also will be signing agreements. One condemnation stands, on a property left in an estate where the borough has been unable to reach someone to request the signed agreement.

Council discussed the need for budgeting a supply of parking meter parts to repair the approximately 153 meters, as needed.

Council ratified a phone vote that agreed to purchase a new, used police vehicle for $13,600. The vehicle is a 2013 Tahoe and has a $20,000 book value. Mayor Kevin Hawk commented that it was a “good find.”

Two other police vehicles will be advertised for sale, an Explorer and a Charger, “as is.”

The annual carnival dates for Bingham Park are July 3- July 7.

A moveable speed detector is in use by Hawley Police and reminding motorists of their speed.

Pothole patching on Welwood Avenue has been delayed by the potholes filling with water.

Council passed a policy to require that a supply list be approved by Council before an order is made.

Recycling volunteers needed

Two volunteers are needed for the Wayne County Recycling station at Bingham Park. Volunteers are needed to be at the containers on the first and third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to assist people who need it and to ensure no material is dropped in that isn’t allowed for recycling.

Council is planning to honor the two volunteers at the July meeting, who presently work the recycling station. They are retiring as of the end of June.

Borough staff will man the recycling station at borough expense, until volunteers are found.

Council agreed to apply for a $237,771 state grant for the Bingham Park revitalization project.

A banner was approved for the September 10 Chamber of the Northern Poconos’ Arts & Crafts Fair (held in Bingham Park). The banner will go over Main Avenue; the Chamber will be required to be responsible for the insurance.

Hawley Council meets on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, 94 Main Avenue.
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