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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Genesee Twp. considers Neighborhood Watch; Lawsuit Costs Approaching $10,000.

By Sharon Corderman
For Solomon's words

Sarah Miller (Facebook)
Genesee Township may soon have a Neighborhood Watch program in place, after supervisors voted at the August 2 meeting to support and follow through with the idea presented by resident Sarah Miller. Neighborhood Watch is an organized community effort to deter illegal activity and, in that respect, Miller said it could have the additional benefit of bringing people together. Pastor Roy Ward, of the Ellisburg Union Weslyan Church, agreed, suggesting that a program be organized with the dual purpose of fighting crime and building community. Miller has been in contact with the state police and will report the progress of the initiative at the next meeting.

Board Chairman Dann Thompson
Supervisors were asked for an update on the suit against the township and supervisors Scot Miller and Scott Luce. Neither defendant, nor board chairman Dann Thompson, a plaintiff in the suit, had anything new to report. Miller said the attorneys on both sides continue to exchange documents, but otherwise the case has not proceeded. When asked if there is a current tally for the township solicitor’s fees, supervisors said they don’t have a figure, but Luce speculated it must be approaching $10,000.

Rance Baxter (Facebook)
In a related matter, supervisors reported four Right-To-Know requests from Rance Baxter, another plaintiff in the suit, for customer lists and account records for the solid waste program, which is cited by the plaintiffs as being at the heart of the suit. Several residents expressed their disgust for the suit, saying the “nonsense” about the solid waste program just goes on and on. “It’s ridiculous,” they said. “This needs to end.”

Colby Cooney, temporary roadmaster, reported that the bridge replacement in Ellisburg is underway, with a detour in place, the Kinney Road project is complete and the crew is working on the Dogtown Road low-volume project.

Cooney said that after spending time running the township’s vibratory roller, he agrees with Thompson’s earlier assessment that it needs to be replaced. Also, Cooney reported that the Conservation District did not issue any approvals for new Dirt and Gravel Road projects for next year and he suggested that supervisors plan the Whitney Hill bridge project, which is already approved, for 2017.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Genesee fire hall.

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit... that's all these freeloaders think about.
Socialist, democrat bums.

Anonymous said...

I still don't see why we have to pay a garbage fee and then have to pay for stickers on top of the fee. It's all about how they can get more money.

Anonymous said...

Who wants a neighborhood Watch? You seen what happened in Florida when regular people think they have authority over others. Where is the closes police? They would need to be called, to any real matter and it is a complete waste of everyone's time. As the police are too far away to really do anything and being so close the state boarder they don't have jurisdiction if the suspect flee.

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't want a neighbood watch to eliminate theft in town, elimate break in on people's houses. Elimate trees passing on others property. Elimate drug dealer I got, dui's , dwi's of alcohol and drugs.

Anonymous said...

I am an elderly resident in this township. I think neighborhood watch is a wonderful idea. People dont understand that a watch will actually benefit many people. I know i will feel better knowing that in the dead of winter when not many people are out and about ,that my neighbor will be aware that i am old and living alone. Neighborhood watch means the community will work together and support each other to make our community a safe and caring environment to live. We are a small community and we are not out to be heroes,but only to alert police if anything is out of place or looks suspicious in out area,. because police are so far away . Cheers to persons involved with getting this organized for our community.

Anonymous said...

Will these be paid positions? Will there be an armed component of the neighborhood watch? Will uniforms, gear, and a vehicle be provided? Even a bicycle or being on horseback would allow more coverage and greater protection. I think there are a great many aspects to consider yet.

Captain Obvious said...

If you people in Genesee are still paying ANYTHING for garbage pickup, you are now classified as idiots. There is a waste management facility 10 miles from you in Gold......take your trash there and have it disposed of instead of being lazy and PAYING someone else to pick it up and haul it there.

Anonymous said...

The only people afraid of a neighborhood watch are the ones that don't want to be seen

Anonymous said...

I would volunteer to watch with her;)

Susan Williams said...

To Captain Obvious...
We that choose to use the garbage service are far from idiots and lazy. Perhaps some of us do not own a vehicle. Perhaps some of us are elderly and cannot drive any longer. Perhaps some of us do not want stinky trash in our vehicles. Some may have better things to do on thier day off than to wait in line to dispose of their trash at Gold. You act as if it doesn't cost to drive there and that the tipping fee is free.

Anonymous said...

I suggest you all go to the meeting about neighborhood watch. it does not involve guns or armed people running around. it is community effort to watch out for each other and to report any suspicious findings to the police . it also binds a community together to help those in need. and I think the above person is right the only ones not wanting this are the ones who are afraid they will be watched.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't Corderman mention that the current secretary stated that the bank statement total $241,063.78 and the books at the township total $213,305.49, according to the secretary, a difference of $27,758.29. That is a lot of money!! Genesee, show us where the money is!!!
BTW, Corderman, how many relatives do you have working at the township, either full time or part time??

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't be a paid position. Anyone that wants to steal, rob, damage your neighbor's property - you gonna get your ass kicked and tied up in the woods and aunt jamimma poured on you for the Bears

Anonymous said...

I don't think the taxpayers should have to pay to defend the interests of the politicians/supervisors. Let the new AND the old supervisors pay theIr own way. The Township Soliciter is hired on retainer to represent the taxpayers/citizens of the township and the township, not the interests, deeds, or misdeeds of individual politicians/supervisors. If the current and prior supervisors being charged in the suit chose to retain and pay for the same attorney as the township, that still seems like a conflict of interest? It does not make sense for a township to have to pay for the defense of individuals who are charged with ignoring the township code books,and sunshine laws or our great state of Pennsylvania......

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Those that are suing the town should be counter suid for filing false claims.