Back Mountain Regional representative Chief Harry Vivian discussed the Smart911 service at the July 2 supervisors meeting.
The Luzerne County service is free and secure. Residents create a safety profile where they enter vital medical information on the Smart911.com website. The information will be immediately displayed to emergency responders in cases where the caller is unable to respond to questions regarding medications and medical conditions.
The profile will also give immediate information on any residents or pets that may be trapped in a home in the event of a fire. Another feature of the service is that it shows photos and gives descriptions of children in cases of missing or runaway children.
The service is used by police departments, fire departments and ambulances and saves time in emergency situations. It is 100 percent private and secure and can be used in partnership with other counties throughout the United States who utilize the Smart911 service.
In other business:
The board of supervisors is moving forward with plans to purchase a 2012 Bobcat Skid Steer for $43,187.36 from Costars. The vehicle has a universal front end for different attachments, including an asphalt grinder which will need to be rented on a monthly basis. The cost of the vehicle falls within the budget of $50,000 allotted for the purchase. The supervisors were scheduled to take formal action on the matter at the end of the week.
There was a discussion regarding a track of vacant land given to the Kunkle Fire Department which should have been put on the tax exempt rolls but wasn’t. Supervisors have agreed to accept service from the fire department in order for it to claim tax exempt status. Solicitor Tom Brennan said the board will look into making the service agreement retroactive for the 2011 and 2012 tax years, giving the fire department tax exempt status beginning with the 2011 tax year and moving forward.
Also up for discussion was the requirement for the township to provide an impound lot for towed vehicles. Chairman Frank Wagner suggested a location that is already partially fenced and has room for three to four vehicles. The entire lot would need to be fenced and given approval prior to being used.
Engineer Tom Doughton and the supervisors discussed the proposed 2013 OCD project - a foot bridge near the Kunkle Fire Station. Doughton stated the DEP permit for the project was submitted earlier in the day and added he thinks the bridge will cost less than the $40,000 budgeted for it. The bridge will likely be five or six feet wide, accessible for 2-way traffic, as well as for handicapped citizens’ scooters. There was concern that, because the bridge is excessively wide, residents would use the bridge for quads and ATVs.
The previously scheduled public hearing to consider and solicit public input and comment on a proposed ordinance to amend the township’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance has been re-scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, and will be followed by the board of supervisors meeting at 7 p.m.