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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Route 6 topic of meeting

  • At Tuesday's meeting of the Waymart Borough Council, member Jane Varcoe talked about a resolution that was sent by the PA Route 6 Alliance, asking municipalities to support the proposal to designate a portion of Route 6 as a Pennsylvania Byway.
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  • -At Tuesday's meeting of the Waymart Borough Council, member Jane Varcoe talked about a resolution that was sent by the PA Route 6 Alliance, asking municipalities to support the proposal to designate a portion of Route 6 as a Pennsylvania Byway.
    "The resolution is trying to focus on Hawley, Honesdale and Waymart," Varcoe said. "I first heard about it at the Palmyra Township Wayne meeting Monday."
    The purpose of the Pennsylvania Byways Initiative is to "support local initiatives to enhance the visual impact of a route, maintain the natural resources and intrinsic qualities along the route, and educate residents and visitors about the history and culture of Pennsylvania."
    The resolution went on to describe the benefits of nominating a portion of Route 6 to be a PA Byway.
    The council members were reviewing some of the information in the resolution, which was only a sample at this point.
    "It seems to focus more on Hawley," said member Doug Bayly.
    The fourth paragraph of the resolution is what Bayly was referring to. It reads, "the nominated portion of Pennsylvania Route 6 is blessed with both outstanding scenic views of the Ridge and the recreational resources in that it is adjacent to the Wild & Scenic Delaware River, with six restaurants/cafes/bars, a farmer's market/bakery, and antique shops and lies between historic Pennsylvania and the National Recreation Area."
    "If we decide to support the resolution, I think we need to emphasize Waymart more in that section," Bayly added.
    The council members agreed. They will discuss the matter further.
    Eagle Scouts
    Adam and Zach Curtis spoke to the council about their Eagle projects. Adam needed approval from the board to work with the baseball association to put a flag near the lower baseball field at R.D. Wilson Elementary School, next to the Waymart Ambulance. Council approved the idea.
    Zach was looking for some ideas that the council thought would be helpful. A few ideas were thrown around such as making a community service board and fixing the gazebo.
    "I'm trying to get as many hours as I can for my project," Zach said.
    After several minutes of brainstorming more ideas, council members felt that if he decides to do something with the park, that there are a lot of things he can do to improve it.
    "You would probably get some businesses willing to donate some materials as well," said president Charles Norella.
    The council said they would think about things he could do in town and told Zach to come to the February meeting to discuss it again.
    Other Items
    Borough council is looking for a junior councilperson. They must live in Waymart and at least 16 years old.
    Page 2 of 2 - The flood plain ordinance is approved for the next step. Member Karl Williams said it was quicker than they thought it would be.
    Member Lilian Rollison thanked member Jim Bridges for his help at recycling last weekend. She said they were having trouble getting the containers open and he brought a pry bar to open them.
    Waste Management set up the dumpster on Monday that was approved at the December meeting. There was a one time delivery fee of $10 and the cost will be $13 a month instead of $17 a month since the council decided to go with paperless billing. It will be picked up once a month.
    The borough is getting propane tanks from Modern Gas, located in Honesdale. It will cost $1.26 per gallon, down from $2.16 that they were previously paying. Mapco, who was the previous supplier, will be picking up their tanks as soon as they can. Member AJ Gaudenzi said that they were all very understanding about what the borough had to do.
    Gaudenzi said that they got authorization to put up one pole on Rockwell Lane. He will contact PP&L to put it up.
    The zoning ordinance is also completed. It will be under review by the county agency.
    There have been complaints about dog poop. Council asks that everyone clean up after their pets. Norella said they can put it in a bag and throw away it away in the park trash cans, as long as it gets cleaned up. He said they are looking into the matter and will start fining.
    Member Jane Varcoe was thanked for her 40 years of service to the borough. At the end of the meeting there was cake in honor of her milestone.
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