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SHOHOLA, PA — After de-authorizing their small township police department in December, the Shohola Township supervisors saw to the logistical leftovers on February 14.
The township supervisors last week auctioned off two patrol vehicles, a 2013 Ford 4WD to the Pike County Commissioners for $15,100 and a 2016 Ford 4WD to the neighboring Town of Highland in New York for $26,100.
They also agreed to contract with one or two retired state police officers to inventory the contents of the evidence locker and records and determine where materials and other equipment need to go.
National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement funding prompted creation of the department more than 20 years ago. The disappearance of those funds left the township with police costs that were deemed to be too high for the service being provided and a luxury in a township that lacks emergency medical services.
Federal funding also was also a topic in the annual planning commission report delivered by member Peter Wulfhorst. After dealing with recommendations for the Upper Delaware Council (UDC)—opposition to any amendment to the River Management Plan and support for creating a means for making new recommendations consistent with the existing plan—they recommended that Shohola explore requesting financial assistance from the NPS to “offset the cost of emergency medical services in the river corridor.”
Wulfhorst also noted that, last year, Shohola applied for and received a $5,000 UDC technical assistance grant to “incorporate new definitions and make some clarification within…ordinance.”
As for 2018 land use, the commission met eight times, reviewed and recommended one lot consolidation and one zoning use application.
Bob Myers reported that too many people are leaving trash cans and the driveway snow plowing accumulations on the roadway. Solicitor Jason Olinger suggested that Myers take photos, which would be sent with a solicitor’s warning letter about liability.