COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP- Coolbaugh Township’s compost facility and drop off center is costing over $60,000 each year to run. The Supervisors decided this month that, to offset rising expenses, users would “pay the piper” in supervisor’s Alma Ruiz-Smith’s words.

The leaf and yard waste composting and drop-off site, 549 Laurel Drive, provides township residents and commercial landscapers/contractors the ability to deliver leaf and yard waste, and to acquire compost and mulch resulting from the processing of the leaf and yard waste. It is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 3 pm, closed 12-12:30 for lunch.

Coolbaugh Township residents will continue to be able to drop off and self-load limited quantities of yard waste, compost, and mulch, free of charge.

Commercial users and other Monroe County residents will pay fees, as will residents with larger quantities of materials to drop off.

The board also approved the sale of a 2013 mower to Peter Muir, who was the high bidder at $1,850.

Supervisors supported the Parks & Rec plan to extend the trail on the Wiley Preserve about 1,000 feet, up to the area of pine trees near the pond. They approved expenditures of up to $3,500 for trail mix and stone, as well as needed labor. When the project is completed the township will promote the trail and publicized before and after pictures.

Forever Dedicated, a non-profit youth basketball organization, was again approved to use the courts Tuesdays through Fridays from 6 to 9 pm for their programs.

Up to $5,000 was approved to update the township’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The update will include remapping of the properties, evaluation of needs, and future goals. The update, the first since 1976, will also help the committee in applying for grants.

Bills and obligations totaling $451,267.99 were paid.
The next meeting of the township board of supervisors will be May 19 at 6pm. The meeting will be on Wednesday instead of Tuesday that week because Tuesday is the municipal primary election. Meetings are currently via Zoom with connection information on the township website at

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