Last updated: July 16. 2014 11:58PM - 2064 Views
By Camille Fioti Times Leader Correspondent

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DALLAS TWP. — Anthony Wisnosky asked the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday if the township would cut down a number of damaged pine trees in Shaver Cemetery.

The cemetery is next to Wisnosky’s Overbrook Road home, and he is concerned the trees could damage his house.

“If we get one more big storm, they might come down on the house,” Wisnosky said.

Wisnosky has taken care of the abandoned graveyard for years, Supervisor Frank Wagner said.

Wagner pointed out that the township code allows the township to maintain abandoned cemeteries. About 15 years ago, the township did remove several trees there, he said.

Wagner added that the trees should be removed by a professional tree service company.

“They’re big, they’re old, they’re hollow and there’s tombstones below,” he said.

Wisnosky also asked the board if the township would pay for the removal of two trees that had already fallen onto his property from the graveyard during the storm. The board voted to put the work out to bid and request a “quantity discount” for the removal of the two downed trees.

In related matters, EMA coordinators Alan Pugh and Jack Dodson reported that all went as well as could be expected during last week’s storm and cleanup.

“Everyone did such a great job for the amount of damage in such a short time,” Pugh said.

Dodson, who is the EMA coordinator for Kunkle, said 95 percent of Kunkle residents were without power last week, but he was surprised that about 20 percent of households had generators. The fire hall had a generator and a water buffalo for residents, but Dodson said he’s looking into turning the social hall into a comfort station with a generator and two showers.

The supervisors commended the township employees and emergency crews for their effort during and after the storm. Solicitor Tom Brennan said he was grateful for the up-to-the-minute reports on the township’s Facebook page.

Orchardview Terrace resident Gil Griffiths also thanked all who helped, including his fellow neighbors.

“I commend the township — from the three supervisors, all the way down to the guys on the ground,” he said. “There are always people that complain, but the majority of people were served, and they were served very well.”

In other business, the board awarded bids to the following for the “as-is” sale of township vehicles:

• Kunkle Kennels for a 2000 Chevy 3500 Series pick-up with plow and hopper in the amount of $2,252.

• Chicago Motors for a 2007 Chevy Impala police cruiser in the amount of $3,407.

• Yousef Dabbagh for a 2003 Chevy Impala police cruiser in the amount of $268.

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