Rustic lifestyles, emergency services and roads
Responding to Beltramine’s question about legal liability should an address not be found in a timely manner, Waldron said that the township and the fire departments were not liable unless “willful negligence” was demonstrated.
Waldron said that the ordinance makes community management responsible for notifying non-permanent residents, who would have a year to comply with signage requirements.
D’Andrea asked if all 3,500 houses in the township would be checked for compliance to the ordinance.
Cocchi said the township would check when notified of a problem.
The amendment was adopted by Cocchi and Supervisor Mike Mancino’s vote. Supervisor Rich Krochta did not attend the meeting.
Similar growth issues arose in the public comment period that followed the zoning vote.
One resident, who didn’t identify herself, told of the long wait that a stroke victim in her community endured last Thanksgiving because she said Wayne Memorial Hospital did not have the facilities to treat him. “A helicopter couldn’t come and he had to wait for an ambulance” from Scranton’s Community Medical Center, she said.
Saying that hers was an “aging community,” she asked for township support in an effort to “get Wayne Memorial up to snuff.”
She was followed by Lackawaxen business operator Dimtri Zaimes’ complaint about the “super-bad roads…We had better roads in Vietnam,” he said.
Supporting Zaimes, former township supervisor Wayne McHue suggested a moratorium on new building permits until PennDOT does something. “If the state is not willing to fix the roads, don’t let anybody else come here and put themselves in danger,” he said.