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Jackson Twp. mulls rebates to The Lands at Hillside


February 11. 2014 11:09PM
By Eileen Godin Times Leader Correspondent

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JACKSON TWP. — Supervisors on Tuesday discussed options pertaining to a request to reimburse municipal fees to The Lands at Hillside Farms.


Supervisors tabled a request to refund $400 in municipal fees to The Lands. The fees were incurred through inspection requirements and permits. The nonprofit organization files a reimbursement request annually, and this year supervisors are questioning it.


Supervisor Al Fox said he is having a difficult time authorizing this, stating the organization sells goods for a profit, receives funding from the state through grants and gaming revenue from the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino. Supervisor Tim Evans was in agreement.


“We (the municipality) do not receive anything from the casino,” Fox said.


Jeffery Malik, township attorney, suggested the supervisors could rebate the municipal fees but exclude any third-party inspection fees. He told supervisors he could research the issue to see what options the municipality had.


Also, Board Chairman John Wilkes Jr. noted the township website has not been updated yet. The revised website will have police and zoning reports as well as live updates from the police chief.


In other business:


• Supervisors approved a 5 percent contribution to the police officers pension for 2014.


• The certificate of occupancy rate schedule for 2014 has been approved at $50 for residential and $250 for commercial units.


• Mike Kowanick, Tim Coffay and Leo Letoski were hired as part-time police officers on Jan. 9, with a six-month probation period.


• Resignations of Harold Cain and Shawn Brown, both part-time police officers, were accepted.


• The deteriorating condition of county-owned Chase Road was raised by resident Ed Chesnovitch. Wilkes said the commissioners have had several conversations with the county engineers about the road and recently sent a letter to them.


The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 3 in the municipal building.




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