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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Supervisors vote to use drilling fees for project expenses

by HEATHER ROTH hroth@indianagazette.net on March 28, 2013 10:50 AM

The White Township board of supervisors voted Wednesday to put their share of the gas drilling impact fees received by the county into a capital reserve fund, to be used for future capital expenses.

Township Manager Milt Lady said the $35,976 could be used for stormwater expenses or improving roads, but that in the meantime the municipality is required to account for the how the money is being spent. A reserve fund is an approved way to use the funds, he said.

“We don’t know quite yet what we want to spend that money on,” he said.

The impact fees are collected by the state and then disbursed to local governments.

Also Wednesday, the supervisors opened bids for road materials and fuel, voting to select low bids from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. and Hanson Aggregates, of Bellefonte, for stone; Lindy Paving, of New Galilee, for asphalt materials; Ligonier Stone & Lime for anti-skid, delivered; and W.G. Satterlee & Sons, of Rochester Mills, for gasoline and diesel fuel.

They also voted to approve the fourth payment for the Mack Park bathhouse project, of $146,383.20. The township is administering the grant that is being used for the renovation project, and so must approve each payment. Lady said the work is ahead of schedule and should be completed by next week.

Lady also told the supervisors that township employees have come up with almost 900 man-hours worth of work clearing township streams of debris.

Lady said he met with state Sen. Don White’s office and Indiana Borough last fall to talk about flooding concerns, and that he had been asked to prepare a list of streams that need attention, in case prison work details or other groups could be used to clear the streams.

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