MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP—In their ongoing efforts to save the hand-laid Hankins Pond Dam from a proposed breach, the Wayne County Commissioners sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf requesting the state create an alternate spillway around the historic structure rather than bore a hole through it.

As earlier reported, the nearly 200-year-old dam, once a reservoir feeding the Delaware & Hudson Canal and later a breeding pond for trout propagation, was declared a high-hazard dam and subsequently drained in 2013.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) still views the structure as a danger, given that heavy rains could possibly trap enough water to damage property and threaten lives downstream should the dam breach of its own accord.

DEP's solution, removing a section of the dam 150 feet at its longest dimension to allow water to flow freely, is expected to commence in the near future.

Seeking to defend the dam's historic qualities, the commissioners recently launched a petition to garner support.

As of Thursday's regular business meeting, the county had received 366 online signatures supporting preservation.

The collection will remain open until August 1.

The commissioners asked that any local residents, tourists, or historical enthusiasts sign the petition to preserve the dam.

Physical copies are available in the courthouse and each of the township buildings.

An electronic copy is available on the county website:

Other business

Also on Thursday, the commissioners approved the salaries by department for human services employees affected by the recently approved three percent increase.

These included workers in the Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programming and Early Intervention, Aging, Transportaion, Children and Youth Services (CYS), and the Drug and Alcohol Commission.

In a separate matter, the county applied for $168,660 of grant funding through the Emergency Solutions Grant.

New options were opened for Housing and Urban Development funding, so the county seized the opportunity to apply for additional monies.

There is no county match for this grant.

Promotions/New Hires

The commissioners hired Melanie Marsh and Theresa Isabella as clerk typists, level two, in CYS, effective July 16. Their salaries were each approved at $23,146.50.

The commissioners also approved the lateral transfer of Julie Murray from the Employment and Training office to Election Data Manager/Administrative Assistant, effective July 6. Her lateral salary was approved at $30,770.22.

Finally, the Board of Commissioners approved the judicial appointment of Nancy Schilling as a per diem Tip Staff for the court, effective July 7. Her compensation was set at $90 per day.