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PUBLIC NOTICE INTENTION TO ENACT PROPOSED ORDINANCE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township hereby gives public notice of its intention to enact the ordinance summarized below at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on December 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. As summarized below, the proposed ordinance would establish regulations for short term rental units within Barrett Township. At the time of the public meeting, the Supervisors will listen to comments by members of the public concerning the proposed ordinance. If substantial amendments are not offered to the draft of the proposed ordinance, the Supervisors intend to consider enactment of the proposed ordinance immediately after the public meeting. The proposed ordinance is entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BARRETT, COUNTY OF MONROE, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, RELATING TO THE USE AND REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL UNITS WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP AND ESTABLISHING APPLICATION AND PERMIT STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES, PROVIDING FOR ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT INCLUDING PENALTIES, AND OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. The following is a brief summary of all of the sections of the proposed ordinance: Section 1 contains a short title of the ordinance. Section 2 identifies the scope and legal authority of the ordinance. Section 3 governs interpretation of the ordinance. Section 4 contains definitions of terms used in the ordinance. Section 5 requires permits to be obtained for short term rental units in Barrett Township. Section 6 outlines the permit procedure. Section 7 contains short term rental unit standards. Section 8 provides for the fees, term and renewal procedure for permits. Section 9 provides for an enforcement officer for enforcement of the ordinance. Section 10 requires inspections of short term rental units. Section 11 governs marketing of short term rental units. Section 12 provides for notices of violation. Section 13 provides that violations of the ordinance are a public nuisance. Section 14 governs violations and penalties. Section 15 makes each owner of a short term rental unit severally responsible for compliance with the ordinance. Section 16 contains an appeal procedure. Section 17 contains a severability provision. Section 18 repeals inconsistent ordinances. Section 19 provides that the proposed ordinance shall be effective five days after the date of its enactment. The full text of the proposed ordinance is on file for inspection and review without charge (or a copy may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof) at Barrett Township's offices at 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance has been provided to and may be reviewed at the Pocono Record and the Monroe County Law Library. If any person with a disability wishes to request that special accommodations be made to allow his or her participation, he or she is asked to contact the Township at 570-595-2602, at least one business day in advance to make arrangements. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Dec. 2

The state Senate has passed legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour by 2022, but the move, which now heads to the state House for consideration, does not have universal support.

Raising the minimum wage “will cut off access to work experience for those trying to enter or re-enter the workforce, such as teenagers and former inmates, halting economic progress in its tracks for many Pennsylvanians,” Commonwealth Foundation Vice President & COO Nathan Benefield charged in a statement.

“Instead of pushing counterproductive wage mandates, policymakers should focus on proven ways to boost economic opportunity for all, including enacting commonsense spending limits to prevent tax hikes, lowering Pennsylvania’s extreme corporate tax rate to promote job growth, and cutting licensing requirements so low-income earners can start their own businesses and control their own futures,” Benefield added.

Monday, 02 December 2019 20:06

State could see record bear harvest

It may not be a record-breaker, but one lucky hunter in Monroe County bagged a mammoth bear to kick off what could be a landmark hunting season on Saturday.

That bear, which was checked in at the Tobyhanna station, currently tops the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Largest Bear” list at 813 pounds live weight, and 689 pounds after gutting.

According to game wardens, the bear was taken by a Bucks County hunter in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The closest competitor, a bear harvested in Luzerne County, weighed in at 747 pounds.

Those bruins are both monstrous additions to what could be a record-setting harvest for the state.

“It looks like we’re just about 1,000 away from the highest season, which was 4,350 in 2011,” Pennsylvania Game Commission information and education supervisor Bill Williams said on Tuesday. “We did have the early muzzle loader season for bears this year, so this is a new arena we’re in. We did have the two-week archery season, the muzzle loader season which ran for seven days, and we also had the junior and senior season that week, too.”

Just a year before that peak season, David Price of Barrett Township took down a record-smashing 879-black bear just north of Fernwood Resort in Pike County. That bruin has not been surpassed since Price harvested it in the 2010 season.

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF INTENT TO REMEDIATE Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995,P.L. 4, No. 1995-2., notice is hereby given that Vincent Keegan of Initram, LLC has submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection a Notice of Intent to Remediate a site located at 114 Rock Oak Lane, Buck Hill Falls, Barrett Township, Monroe County, PA. This Notice of Intent to Remediate states that the site was a former garage and maintenance area for Buck Hill. The site has been found to be contaminated with various historic regulated substances utilized thereon, including: leaded and unleaded gasoline; diesel fuel; and fuel oils #2, #4, and #6 which has residually contaminated shallow soils and shallow groundwater on the site. Initram, LLC has indicated that the proposed remediation measures will be natural attenuation given the residual impact is generally limited immediately within and immediately adjacent to the former tank field area. The proposed future use of the property will be residential housing with the former garage and maintenance area (approximately 2-3 acres) to be used as open space through the application and implementation of an environmental covenant for that 2 to 3 acre area.Initram, LLC plans to use the site specific standard at the site. The Act provides for a 30-day comment period for site-specific standard remediations. The 30-day comment period is initiated with the publication of this notice. Until, December 22, 2019, interested parties in Buck Hill Falls, Barrett Township, and Monroe County may submit a request to Initram, LLC to be involved in the development of the remediation and the re-use plans for the site. Buck Hill Falls, Barrett Township, and Monroe County interested parties may also submit a request to Initram, LLC during this 30-day comment period to develop and implement a public involvement plan. Copies of these requests and any comments should also be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Regional office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes Barre, PA 18711-0790; attention Ms. Sherry Carlo, P.G. P - Nov. 22

(edit 12/2/19: Added PDF attachment - letter from DCNR)

Barrett Township received $40,000 to further develop the Barrett Township Community Park. Work will include construction of a pavilion, comfort station and stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

In addition, the Nature Conservancy received a combined total of $872,140 which would go toward the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling approximately 700 acres in Barrett Township, Monroe County, for an addition to the Delaware State Forest.

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Classic Properties is collecting monetary donations this holiday season for our local food bank. C.A.M.E. cannot exist without the help it receives from the community, through financial contributions and donations of food. Classic Properties will be accepting checks (or cash) at our Mountainhome location at 1124 Route 390 during the business hours of 9am to 4pm and will accept donations until January 10, 2020.

Make checks payable to C.A.M.E.

C.A.M.E. is located at High Acres Park off of Route 447 North, Canadensis, PA.

Let's help those in need!

Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:23

P.M.R.P.D. 2019 Holiday Writing Contest (K-12)

HOLIDAY WRITING CONTEST
This holiday season, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Foundation gives Elementary, Middle & High School students a reason to write about “How the Holidays Mean More Than Gifts”

A WINNER FROM EACH GROUP*

Grades: k-6, 7-8 & 9-12

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 13:23

Buck Hill Rocking Chairs

My name is David Nauman, and I'm a furniture maker located in Marshalls Creek. I was recently commissioned to build a pair of reproductions of the rocking chairs that were on the North Porch of the old Buck Hill Inn. My customer had fond memories of visiting the Inn as a child and thought it would be nice to have a pair of the chairs for his home. I thought you might be interested in seeing how they came out.

On Friday, Nov. 15th at 1:00 PM, I will be hosting a REAL ID presentation at the Friendly Community Center, 6683 State Route 191, Mountainhome, PA 18342, in Barrett Township. The discussion will provide background information, the process of obtaining your Real ID and a Q&A session. While the REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents, if you do not get a REAL ID, you must have an alternate form of federally-acceptable identification to board domestic commercial flights and enter certain federal facilities after October 1, 2020. Please feel free to join me if you would like to learn more.

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