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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Supervisors approve equipment upgrade

by on May 23, 2014 10:54 AM

BLACK LICK — Plans are in the works for upgrades to the road maintenance fleet at the Burrell Township municipal garage.

The township board of supervisors on Wednesday agreed to purchase a used 2001 Massey Ferguson tractor and boom mower from White Township at a cost of $28,000.

The supervisors next will be shopping around for a new dump truck and sweeper, after agreeing to auction the township’s 1991 International truck and 1970s vintage Pelican street sweeper.

The Hunhady Auction Co., of Hatfield, will put the equipment up for bids on June 26 at the Ligonier Construction supply site at the former Helen Mine portal in the township. The supervisors will pay a 10 percent premium to the auction company.

The board also voted to sell the township’s 1986 Massey Ferguson 283 model tractor and boom mower to North Buffalo Township in Armstrong County, for its bid of $8,000.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Granted conditional approval to a revised subdivision plan submitted by Tetra Tech, of Pittsburgh, for the construction of a pump station for an existing natural gas transmission line on 3.5 acres of land on the north side of Route 22 across from Debnar’s Pools & Spas.

The plan includes an access road to the pump station and the developer’s response to the township engineer’s comments on the plan submitted in April.

Tetra Tech performs engineering work on behalf of Sunoco, which operates the pipeline. Sunoco is working on a site use agreement with the land owner, Rosebud Mining, the supervisors said.

• Approved plans by the township library board to hold a fundraising 5K run on June 21. The supervisors granted library officials’ request to close portions of Willow Street and Park Drive to accommodate the event from 7 a.m. until the race is concluded.

• Hired Kim Risinger as a summer program supervisor for the township recreation and parks department at an unspecified rate of pay. The supervisors took no action on the parks board request to appoint another employee before obtaining background clearance requirements.

• Considered a request for use of the Saylor Park pavilion on June 28 by Black Lick United Methodist Church and the Missions Possible program for registration and serving refreshments in conjunction with a bike-a-thon on the Ghost Town Trail.

Missions Possible also reported plans to hold a 5K race and walk on township roads on Aug. 23. The board will act on the plans after learning more details and finding whether other events are scheduled in those areas at the same time.

The supervisors reported the township office will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, and the board will hold its next meeting June 18.

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