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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Supervisors agree to purchase land near recreation complex

by MARGARET HARPER mharper@indianagazette.net on June 27, 2013 11:00 AM

White Township will purchase a tract of land adjacent to the recreation complex in an agreement approved at Wednesday’s meeting.

The property borders the back end of the complex, said Milt Lady, township manager.

Supervisors approved an agreement of sale to purchase the property at $1,000 an acre for no less than $15,000, said Mike Delaney, solicitor. The agreement is contingent upon a survey to determine the property’s acreage, which is likely in the area of 14 acres, but could be more, he said.

The property will be purchased from the estate of Margaret Blosser.

There are no plans yet as to what the land will be used for, Lady said.

In other business, supervisors:

• Approved the honorary naming of North Fifth Street and North Fifth Avenue as James Nance Boulevard at the request of Carl Kologie, representing a committee to honor Nance.

Nance was a professional football player with the Boston/New England Patriots, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Syracuse and a two-time PIAA wrestling champion at Indiana High.

The honorary name is intended to cover North Fifth Street beginning at Philadelphia Street, continuing to where it changes to North Fifth Avenue near Lias Tire and on through to the intersection of Old Route 119.

Signs will be placed at Knox Street and North Fifth Avenue, Spring Street and North Fifth Avenue, and at the Old Route 119 intersection.

Nance’s childhood home is at the corner of Spring Street and North Fifth Avenue.

Signs will be paid for by the organization and placed by the township. No addresses will change, as this is only an honorary naming.

The borough must also approve the honorary naming, as a portion of the streets are in Indiana. Kologie said the borough’s Community Development committee is expected to recommend the honorary naming for approval at the next council meeting.

And Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will need state approval for the honorary naming, as North Fifth Street up to the area of Lias Tire is a state road.

• Reminded the public that any pool, inflatable or otherwise, that is 24 inches deep must have a permit prior to installation.

This is a statewide requirement of the Uniform Construction Code, not a township requirement.

Pools more then 24 inches deep must also have a fence and ladder, according to the code. The exception to the fence is for pools above ground more than 48 inches deep with stairs that can be lifted and locked.

• Issued a final payment to the contractor for the recent bathhouse renovation project at Mack Pool for $58,552.79. The township administers grant money that funded the project.

• Approved a request by the Indiana Lions Club to hold fireworks at the J.S. Mack Community Center between 9:30 and 10 p.m. July 4, to last for a half-hour.

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