NEWTON TWP. – Newton Township Supervisors adopted a resolution June 10 to sponsor Marley’s Mission for a 2013 Local Share Act Grant established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
The grant is being sought to support the charity’s capital project underway on a 32-acre parcel on Port Royal Road. The project includes the construction of two arenas, a 15-stall horse stable and a small building for an office/reception area. It was unclear how much money the grant awards.
The nonprofit organization provides free equine- assisted psychotherapy to children who have been victims of trauma.
The supervisors took action after receiving a letter from Gene Talerico, president of the charity’s board of directors. The letter states that to qualify for the grant, the charity must be sponsored by the local government. The letter also pointed out that no money will be expended by the township.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Newton Township throughout the past several months and we look forward to growing our relationship with the township and its residents,” Talerico wrote.
Marley’s Mission has planned a July 5 grand opening.
In other business, the pervisors voted unanimously to accept a low bid of $4,703 from Endless Mountains Security to upgrade the fire alarm system at the recreation center. Endless Mountains was one of two bidders. The other was Vector Security, whose bid was almost double. Also, Endless Mountains’ owners Joe Purdy and Pat Torre will donate labor that will save the township about $1,800, said Supervisor Kevin Carr.
There will be a three-year warranty on the system and the center will not be charged for service calls for three years.
“I think it’s very exciting news,” said Carol Mielnikowski, director of the center.
Mielnikowski also was given board approval to advertise for new team members at the center.
In a separate matter, the township is participating in the state’s Yellow Dot Program. The program entails motorists keeping vital information in their glove boxes and having a sticker on their vehicles alerting emergency personnel to that data in the event of a crash.
A Yellow Dot medical information form gives emergency responders access to data that can be critically important when rendering medical care, such as the motorist’s emergency contact information, medical history, medications, allergies and doctor’s contact information. A Yellow Dot sticker in the vehicle’s rear window alerts responders to the information.
“It may be lifesaving,” said Supervisor Chairman Ronald Koldjeski said.