First Posted: 1/13/2010
In 2010, there are changes in Abington Township. On Jan. 4, three new members were sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell. Thomas Durbin, supervisor; Lynn Nichols, tax collector and Patrick Walsh were the inductees. Resolutions were voted on and accepted and there have been no changes in the township positions.
Community member Amy Broadbent expressed disappointment in the trees planted along the street on Madison Lane. She said the Crimson King Maple, a hybrid of the Norway Maple, is not an ideal tree to be planted. Broadbent explained that after a period of 20 years, grass stops growing underneath trees roots and the tree takes an umbrella-like shape. In Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, people are not allowed to buy or plant them and they are on several watch lists, according to Broadbent. Their appeal is the purple leaves, although they do not stay like that after a few years.
The township plans to write a recommendation of operating policy for review of the Lackawanna County Municipal Police Mutual Aid Agreement. In the agreement between all police departments and municipalities, municipalities have agreed it is in the best interest of the police departments and citizens to aid each other. The municipalities agreed to provide stand-by assistance, answer calls and provide protection services to other municipalities in cooperation with this agreement. Another agreement is any police officer offering aid to another municipality will need to remain under the authority of where they are employed. Assistance to other municipalities is not mandatory and the police chief or head officer on duty is responsible for determining whether they should offer assistance. Termination of this agreement is allowed, with 30-days prior written notice to the other parties.
Another topic discussed was Act #51 of 2009, which states that the commonwealth shall pay a 100 percent Killed-in-Service benefit to families of firefighters, police officers, rescue members and ambulance drivers. This act has been eliminated. The eligibility has been changed to a surviving spouse, or if there is not a surviving spouse, dependant children under the age of 18.