Hawley’s Bingham Park plans discussed

HAWLEY, PA — The meeting room was full and the mood was anticipatory as the Hawley Borough Council and members of the public received an update on the proposed upgrades to Bingham Park.

The project is the brainchild of a group of citizens: Joe Adams, a county commissioner; Jim Shook, who owns the Lake Region IGA; Ron Schmalzle, a local teacher; and Craig Smythe, who owns Clemleddy Construction. 

With an estimated price tag of $1 million to $1.5 million, the state-of-the-art updates would be geared toward long-term sustainability, using high-end materials and performing repairs that will be long lasting. The funds will be raised through grants and fundraising activities and at no cost to the borough.

A schematic of the conceptual master plan was displayed that showed walking trails, skate park, tennis courts, ball fields, river access for kayaks and parking. The plans were enthusiastically received, and some members of the public offered constructive input as well as their thanks.

Adams, who acted as the spokesman for the group, stressed that every endeavor would be made to keep the historical character of the park and bandstand.

In other business, it was determined that the Hawley Area Authority has the ability to shut off water for non-payment and that such action will be taken when arrearages are greater than $2,000. In the spring, sewer cut-offs will be addressed.

The council had anticipated receiving written proposals for EMT services for 2018 at this meeting. Both Commonwealth Emergency, the current first responder, and Hawley Ambulance had been contacted with requests for proposals, but neither entity responded and no representative from either organization was present. The Borough solicitor will contact them again.

Police Chief Daniel Drake was authorized to replace a taser at a cost of $1,200.

The borough’s 2018 budget totaling $525,635 was unanimously approved.

Mayor Kevin David Hawk thanked a significant number of individuals and businesses for their work in decorating Hawley during Christmas and the holiday season.

Upon the recommendation of the Planning Commission, the council set a public hearing meeting of January 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to receive public input for a conditional-use permit for the First Presbyterian Church. The improvements will result in expanded meeting space and kitchen facilities. 

The next scheduled meeting of the council will occur on January 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by the annual reorganization meeting at 6 and the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. 


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