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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Street repaving work planned

by on July 17, 2014 10:55 AM

BLACK LICK — Plans continue for a road resurfacing project this summer on Burrell Township roads but a start date for the work has not yet been set, the township board of supervisors reported Wednesday.

The supervisors accepted Derry Construction Company’s proposal to supply 1,869 tons of superpave asphalt at a cost of $83.15 a ton, after opening project bids at a special meeting one week ago.

At a total cost of about $155,400, the project will run almost $20,000 more than that the supervisors had expected when they estimated the bids would range from $72 and $82 a ton.

“Everything is going through the roof,” supervisor Anthony Distefano said.

Two years ago, when the supervisors last performed extensive paving work, the township paid $55.25 a ton for asphalt.

The project this summer is planned for almost one-half mile of Snyder Lane and for several of the streets in the Smith Plan residential development including Lintner, Hunter, Brown, Wallace and Campbell roads, Elder Drive and Smith Avenue.

At the supervisors’ regular monthly business meeting, the board received a request from the township park and recreation board for support of the annual community picnic, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Burrell Park.

Township residents and businesses may donate picnic supplies, game prizes or cash contributions by contacting board member Janeen Witmer, according to a letter from the park board.

The supervisors took no immediate action on the request.

Rosebud Mining Company notified the supervisors that it has completed restoration of almost 47 of the 204 acres that it has strip-mined in the state game lands off Route 22 on Penn View Mountain, between Palmerton Road and Hill Drive. Following state environmental regulations, Rosebud has given notice of its request for return of $100,713 bond money paid to ensure its care of the mine site. Public comment on the request may be filed with the Bureau of District Mining Operations at the Department of Environmental Protection office in Ebensburg.

The supervisors also announced that the Black Lick volunteer fire company would hold a submarine sandwich sale on Aug. 2.

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