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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Supervisors set Halloween fun for Oct. 27

by on October 17, 2013 10:40 AM

BLACK LICK — The Burrell Township board of supervisors lined up the annual Halloween observances, gave approval to a periodic revision of an emergency management plan and renewed an appeal for residents to sign a petition seeking extension of natural gas service, if they so desire.

At their monthly business meeting Wednesday, the supervisors approved the Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company’s request for street closings associated with a Halloween parade scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 on Main Street from Blaire Road to Willow Street in Black Lick.

The fire company also will close Grant Street from Gardner Alley to Park Drive.

Trick-or-treating will be permitted throughout the township following the parade, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The supervisors adopted an updated emergency plan for the township, saying the update complies with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements.

Supervisor Anthony Distefano said the plan has no significant procedural changes, but reflects changes in township officials — Gary Miller was hired this year as emergency management coordinator following the November death of Charles Lydic.

Distefano said township residents interested in having natural gas service extended to their homes may sign a petition at the township office.

The petition asks the supervisors to approach gas companies on the residents’ behalf.

“We want an accurate idea of who’s interested,” Distefano said.

The petition was started in September by a group of residents who live north of Blairsville High School. Gas already is piped in to residents near Blairsville and along Route 22, but not to the eastern and northern parts of the township, Supervisor Chairman John Shields said.

Few people have responded since the petition drive started, Shields said. But residents may pick up copies of the petition to circulate in their neighborhoods.

Interest in natural gas service has grown because of rising fuel oil prices and declining gas prices, Supervisor Larry Henry said.

“We contacted Peoples Gas and they asked us to check around and see if there’s any interest in this before they do any engineering to see if it’s feasible to put a line in,” Henry said.

The supervisors reported the township office will be closed Nov. 5 for Election Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

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