From the desk of the Pike County beat

It's not quite this bad.

My desk is a mess. Let’s see what papers are taking up space.
Here is a report from Milford Police regarding Daniel Mcelnea, 23, of Milford. He was accused of using a credit card number, stolen from his job at the West Harford Street Xtra Mart, to buy $1,800 worth of Marlboro and Newport cigarettes. At the time Mcelnea was on probation for stealing around $2,000 in cigarettes in 2010 from his former employer, the Turkey Hill across the street, Milford Police said. Why does a guy need so many cigarettes?

Let’s thumb through this 28-page copy of the 2011 Pike County Planning Commission annual report. It shows various work the commission was in involved in last year. In November, Planning staff participated in a trail raising party held at the East Stroudsburg North School District campus. The day was spent grubbing out a new trail that will help teachers and students access the outdoors. One day the trail will connect with others in Pike’s open space greenway network. Work on the trail continues in 2012.

North has a huge campus with plenty of unused space. It is strange that you rarely see people playing at one these campuses during off hours. When I was a kid, we used the school yard as a gathering place to meet, fly kites and hang out. The empty parking lot on the weekends was the perfect place to ride bikes and later, learn to drive. I guess the North campus is just too far for any kid to walk to.

Too bad. The area could use a place where kids can congregate and socialize.

Parks, parks everywhere and not a place to play.

What else is on this desk? A dog biscuit? What is that doing here? Too nice to throw out. I’ll hoard it a bit longer.

How about an agenda from the Pike County Commissioners March 14 meeting? Grimm Construction was awarded the contract to replace the roof on the Porter Township building with a bid of $35,000. The project will use $17,000 in state grant money. Grimm handled the $11 million construction of the new Pike emergency training complex in Blooming Grove.

Here is a copy of the working budget for the facility department at Delaware Valley School District. Department heads were told to tighten their belts by four percent next year. The bottom line in the facility department for 2011-2012 was $2.78 million and the proposed for 2012-2013 is $2.69 million.
They have budgeted $7,000 for paint; $1,200 for locker repair and $789,000 for
electricity. Attend a budget work session and you will see that department heads
agonize over every line item.
I’m still knee deep in papers. Maybe the desk
will look neater if I put everything in one tall stack later, after
Where did I put that biscuit?

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