Vandalism leads Dorrance Township to beef up surveillance system

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader
The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. -

DORRANCE TWP. — After investing more than $90,000 in the recreation area adjacent to the township building, supervisors voted unanimously this week to spend over $10,000 more to enhance security at the park.

After recent vandalism, supervisors approved a $10,100 proposal from True View Security Solutions to add six cameras to a surveillance system that will cover the township building, playground, basketball and tennis courts, garage, recycling center and ballfields.

It was stated there is also an option to add 10 more cameras if needed.

Recent vandalism included “a black vehicle” inflicting deep ruts in the baseball and soccer fields plus equipment damage.

Supervisor chairman Gary Zane said while a camera system already exists at the site, “It is not effective enough to identify the person committing these acts. We’re going to change that.” Zane added the new system will be purchased through money from the general fund. The price includes installation and training.

Also this week, supervisors decided on a 3-0 vote to release Pennsy Supply Inc. from a $700,000 bond after it was determined the firm was in compliance with stipulations established for the expansion of its quarry operations on Small Mountain Road.

Solicitor Donald Karpowich said a recent inspection found that sediment traps and stormwater basins were operating as specified. Karpowich recommended that Pennsy be released from the bond.

In other business, the board:

• Appointed secretary/treasurer Patricia Davis to serve as acting zoning and codes officer for Alan Snelsen, who was injured recently in a vehicle accident in Boston, Mass.

• Approved a resolution recommended by Karpowich which expands to six the number of persons or firms certified to conduct building inspections in the township. A list and fee schedule is available at the township building.

• Accepted the resignation of Joshua Hudak as a recycling attendant; the job was also opened to applicants. Pay was set at $8.75 per hour.

• Davis reported that the spring cleanup program netted $796 for the township.

• Davis also said Northeast Cartage has rescinded its recycling rebate program. It has instead imposed an $80 per-load fee to haul recyclables.

The Dorrance Township Municipal Building. Dorrance Township Municipal Building.

By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader