PRESTON—At a special meeting held on Friday, April 12, the Preston Township Board of Supervisors passed a resolution approving Preston Country Market, LLC (530 Shehawken Road, Preston Park) to apply to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PA LCB) for an Eating Retail Dispenser License transfer from an undisclosed business in Berlin Township.

Final approval of the transfer will be determined by the LCB at a later date, state the minutes from the April 12 meeting.

Supervisors Alan Jones, James Neu, Jr., and Robert Sienko were all present at the special meeting to approve the resolution following a public comment period.

According to the April 12 minutes, “The residents present had no comments or objections to the license being transferred into the township.”

In the resolution, the supervisors aver transfer of said license into the township “...will not adversely affect the welfare, health, peace and morals of the municipality or its residents...”

Public comment concerning the transfer was initially planned for the regular May business meeting, but was moved up two weeks.

The April 12 minutes state the PA LCB notified Preston County Market “...it had ten (10) days to submit the township resolution approving the license transfer otherwise the PA LCB would withdraw the application.”

The request was initially brought before the supervisors at the April 4 business meeting.

Minutes from that meeting note “There is a difference between a bar license and a dispenser license. The license is acquired through a bidding process.”

Other April business

The regular monthly township meeting was held on Thursday, April 4, attended by supervisors Alan Jones and Robert Sienko.

The board discussed raising rent at the depot from $429 plus utilities per month to $600 with the township paying the fuel and electric expenses.

The current tenant is Holbert Realty.

Sienko moved to do so and was seconded by Jones. The motion carried.

The township received a Dirt and Gravel Road grant to address parts of Beaver Hollow and Rainbow roads and a separate grant to pave Pine and Weed streets.

The April 4 minutes noted bid advertisements were approved separately for both project sets, though the paving project advertisements will need to wait until specifications are completed.

Bids are expected to be due by the June 6 meeting.

In other road matters, bids were advertised for aggregate and liquid calcium materials, due at the May 2 meeting.

Two requests were brought before the supervisors in April.

According to the April 4 minutes, the Northern Wayne Fire Company inquired about a fire tax.

The supervisors in turn requested a copy of the fire company's audit.

“The township gives the fire company a $9,000 grant each year, provides workers compensation insurance part of which is reimbursed by Buckingham and Scott Townships,” state the minutes. “The township pays the fire company fuel expenses.”

No further action or discussion on this topic was noted in the minutes.

The Supervisors were also approached by the Lakewood Lodge and the ATV Club from the former Orson Inn “...about running 4-wheelers on the railroad bed,” state the minutes.

While no action was indicated on this matter, the minutes further note, “There could be grant money available to improve the bed,” and “There are private residences on the railroad bed and would still remain open to cars.”

In a separate matter, Sally Zegers of the Hancock Herald asked about the UCC fund balance.

According to the April 4 minutes, “The higher balance is caused by property owners who do not call for their final inspections. The money remains in the account.”