Lehman Township supervisors honorably discharge police officer

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com

By Eileen Godin


LEHMAN TWP. — A 12-year veteran of the township police force was honorably discharged during the supervisors meeting Monday.

Lehman Township Police Sgt. Damian Hoover was released from his law enforcement responsibilities, effective April 25. Supervisors made the announcement following a five-minute executive session.

Hoover, of Lehman Township, was injured while responding to a police call in June 2012, Raymond Iwanowski said.

Due to the nature of Hoover’s injuries, he was unable to return to full-time active duty, said John Haley, township solicitor.

Supervisors unanimously agreed to end Hoover’s heart-and-lung benefits because he is now eligible to receive Social Security Disability.

In other news, supervisors announced they received a $8,500 grant from Williams Pipeline Company to build a 32-foot-by-12-foot addition to the municipal salt shed.

Also, a letter from Keri Skvarla, gypsy moth program coordinator in the Luzerne County Engineering Office, indicated the county is participating with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forest in a Gypsy Moth Suppression Project in “certain forested sections of Lehman Township.”

Bacillus thuringiensis var kurstaki, a biological insecticide, will be sprayed by aircraft or helicopter about 50 feet above the treetops between late April and the end of May, according to the letter.

“Spraying is weather dependent,” Iwanowski said.

The insecticide has no known ill effects to human health or the environment, but residents are advised not to look up to the sky during spraying. The letter suggests that, if the chemical gets into eyes, the eyes should be washed with water and a physician contacted.

For information regarding gypsy moth spraying, residents may call the Pinchot State Forest District Office at 570-945-7133.

The next monthly Lehman Township Supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 in the municipal building.

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

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