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Disclaimer: The ideas are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

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Barrett Township Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 24th, 2021 • 2pm
(Rain Date 10/31/21)

Scarecrowville
October 1st - October 31st
Residents throughout Barrett Township

Edit: Cancelled due to weather forecast.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Rain Date: September 23, 2021

6339 Route 191, Cresco, PA 18326

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 • 12pm - 4pm
    (Rain Date 9/26/21)
    Hosted @ the former
    Barrett Elementary Center in Cresco

Details:
http://rotaryclubofthepoconomountains.com/concert-in-the-park/

Thursday, 09 September 2021 16:42

Township Management & Hiring Practices

I recently filed a Right to Know request about our township's job openings, asking for a copy of any help wanted, job opening, or career opportunity posting that the township put together in the last 5 years.  In 2019 Barrett Township reported almost $400,000 in payroll expenses so it would make sense that they regularly post ads and hold interviews, right?

Wrong.

The RTK response came back indicating the "records do not exist."

In other words, the Township has filled all of its employment needs by hiring people from within its own network, rather than advertising the openings and interviewing the best candidates for the positions.  

(source)

This started out as a simple request for a 5 year budget comparison. When the township treasurer was unable to provide the requested financial report, I requested the Quickbooks data file, so I could create the report myself. The response wobbled: first the RTK request response said that Quickbooks data is unavailable. Then I asked more questions and it turns out that they do have that Quickbooks file, now they are saying they can't share it because it has confidential information.

Which is it?

(Read the full article on my blog)

Editor's Note:
Rosemary Brown has been doing a series on local school budgets and funding, the first two were for other school districts in our area so I didn't include them.  Last week she sent out details about Pocono Mountain School district so here they are:


Weekly Series (3 of 5)
Education quality and funding continues to be a priority of mine, as well as creating an environment and policies that help reduce the rate of our school property tax bills.

For a deeper understanding of our education funding locally, we will review school district funding within the 189th Legislative District. (Including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain and Delaware Valley school districts). Over the last 10 years in my position as your state representative, we have made tremendous progress in improving state funding to our school districts, and although it is not perfect, the progress has been strong, which you will see.

Northeast PA Redistricting Regional Hearing:
1pm on Monday October 18, 2021 at The Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center

Rescheduling details:

Please be advised that the Northeast Regional Hearing on Congressional Redistricting originally scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, will now be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18. The hearing will still be held at the Sidney and Pauline Friedman Jewish Community Center, Cohen Family Social Hall, 613 S J Strauss Ln, Kingston.

The reschedule was necessary because the state House of Representatives has been called to Session in Harrisburg the week of Sept. 20. The Chair of the House State Government Committee apologizes for the inconvenience.

As a reminder, written testimony is required in order to be placed on the schedule. Please be advised that due to recent changes to the Sunshine Law, subject matter of testimony must be confined to the hearing topic only. Testimony outside of the scope of the hearing will not be permitted.

 

Details:
http://paredistricting.com/Nehearing

PUBLIC NOTICE REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION/ FINAL REPORT The Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2) require that a Notice for the Submittal of a Remedial Investigation/Final Report be provided to the municipality in which the site is located. Notice is hereby given that Initram, LLC has submitted a Remedial Investigation/Final Report to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Northeast Regional Office, to demonstrate attainment of a combined statewide health standard/site-specific standard for a site located at 196 Golf Road and 114 Rock Oak Lane, Buck Hill Falls, Barrett Township, Monroe County, PA 18323. Mr. Vincent Keegan, Esquire, has indicated that the remediation measures taken have attained compliance with a combined statewide health standard and site-specific cleanup standard established under the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act. This publication initiates the 30-day public and municipal commend period. During this time, you may request to become involved in the development of the remediation and reuse plans for the site. If you wish to become involved in this project, please send your comments to the property owner, Mr. Vincent Keegan, Esquire, 8280 Greensboro Drive, Suite 719, McClean, Virginia 22102 with copies submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915, c/o Ms. Sherry Carlo, P.G. This notice is made under the provision of the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the Act of May 19, 1995, P.L. #4, No. 2. P - Aug. 31

(This post will be updated with sample ballots and additional information - stay tuned)

Edit 9/9/21:
Remember to sign the petition to reduce the number of Supervisors from 5 to 3

 

 

Locations:

Barrett 1
Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326

Barrett 2
Mountainhome United Methodist Church Annex, 6680 Route 191, Mountainhome, PA 18342

Don’t wait until it’s too late – register to vote now.

If you’re already registered, but didn’t vote last November or in the primary in May, you may want to check your registration status here for confirmation. That’s also a good way to verify your voting location.  

PUBLIC NOTICE SHERIFF'S SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE By virtue of a Writ of Execution issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to 5011 CIVIL 2014 I, Ken Morris, Sheriff of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will expose the following described real estate to be sold at a public online auction conducted by Bid4Assets, 8757 Georgia Ave., Suite 520, Silver Springs, MD 20910 on: Thursday, September 30, 2021 AT 10:00 A.M. By accessing the web address: www.bid4assets.com/monroecountysheriffsales PURCHASERS MUST PAY 10% OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OR SHERIFF'S COSTS, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER TO BID4ASSETS BY WIRE TRANSFER NO LATER THAN 4:00PM THE DAY AFTER AUCTION LEGAL DESCRIPTION ALL THOSE CERTAIN LOTS OR PIECES OF GROUND SITUATE IN THE TOWNSHIP OF BARRETT, MONROE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: BEING KNOWN AS: RD#1 BOX 47 REES HILL A/K/A 1116 UPPER SEESE HILL ROAD CANADENSIS, PA 18325 PARCEL: 01/7/1/6-1 PIN: 01639803039208 IMPROVEMENTS: RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SEIZED AND TAKEN IN EXECUTION AS THE PROPERTY OF: VICTORIA LYNN VOGEL TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND CLAIMANTS: "All Property Owners' Associations (POA) who wish to collect the most recent six months unpaid dues in accordance with their statutory lien under the Uniform Planned Community Act of 68 PA. C.S.A. 5315(b)(2)(ii) must provide the Sheriff's Office at least two weeks before the Sheriff's Sale with written notification of the amount of the lien and state that "such amount is for the past six months prior to the Sheriff's Sale only." Any sale which does not receive such notification from a POA will not be collected at the time of Sheriff's Sale." Prospective bidders must complete the Bid4Assets on-line registration process to participate in the auction. The highest bid plus costs shall be paid to bid4assets, on their website, as the purchase price for the property sold by the Sheriff's Office, Stroudsburg, PA. A schedule of proposed distribution for the proceeds received from the above captioned sale will be on file in the Office of the Sheriff within thirty (30) days from the date of the sale. Distribution in accordance therewith will be made within ten (10) days thereafter unless exceptions are filed within said time. Ken Morris Sheriff of Monroe County Pennsylvania Robert Flacco, Esquire Sheriff's Office Stroudsburg, PA Barry J. Cohen, Sheriff's Solicitor PR - Aug 27; Sep 3, 10

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