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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Supervisors review bond release request

by on August 21, 2014 10:53 AM

BLACK LICK — The Burrell Township board of supervisors on Wednesday reviewed a mining company’s request for release from a security bond on a strip mine site in the township.

Britt Energies has filed notice through Hiser Engineering Inc. of its application for refund of more than $51,000 of the $75,000 bond that was required under the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act. Britt has completed the required backfilling, grading and revegetation on 41.1 acres of land north of Route 22 between Country Lane and Lear Road, according to the notice.

The bond release application will be advertised for public comment and a possible public hearing before it is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The supervisors also reported that the township has calculated its pension plan contribution for 2015, also called a Minimum Municipal Obligation, at $6.706. The township is required to submit its figures to the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System by Oct. 17.

In their brief monthly public business meeting, the board announced that the township office would be closed Sept. 1 for Labor Day, and that the annual Burrell Township community picnic sponsored by the parks board would be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14.

The Black Lick fire department plans a hoagie sale on Sept. 6 and a gun bash on Sept. 20 as fundraising activities next month.

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