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BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Weight limit signs to be reinstalled

by CHAUNCEY ROSS on March 20, 2014 10:50 AM

BLACK LICK — A neighborly experiment has been called off in Burrell Township.

As a courtesy to the Sheetz convenience store that opened in late 2012 along Route 22, the Burrell Township board of supervisors agreed to take down the 10-ton weight limit signs on Lintner Road beside the store.

It was only meant to allow big trucks to turn off the highway at Lintner and use the driveway opposite the busier entrance from Corporate Campus Drive onto the Sheetz property.

“It’s not working,” Supervisor Anthony Distefano said Wednesday.

Trucks have run over curbs, damaged the berm of the road and repeatedly hit a telephone pole at the corner there, said Larry Henry, chairman of the supervisors.

Distefano and Henry voted to put the weight limit signs back up and to ask the state Department of Transportation to post signs along Route 22 to advise drivers of the restriction on Lintner Road.

The limit would be enforced by state police, Henry said.

Henry and Distefano unanimously approved all items of business to come before them at their monthly business meeting. Supervisor John Shields was absent from the meeting.

In other action, the board:

• Awarded road maintenance supply contracts, based on bids opened and tabled at a special meeting March 13.

The township will get road salt from American Rock Salt Co., of Mount Morris, N.Y.; a variety of paving stones from Hanson Aggregates, of Torrance; road sealing oils from Suite-Kote, of Meadville; and asphalt from Derry Construction Co., of Derry.

The supervisors also selected nearby Davis Trucking, of Route 119, Burrell Township, to haul materials from the suppliers to the township job sites.

Only the rock salt vendor included delivery in its bid price, while the road material suppliers gave prices for products sold from their stockpiles. That meant that Hanson, which was outbid for several of its products, was awarded contracts because its close location translates into lower costs for hauling.

“Including delivery, it is the better deal,” Distefano said.

The supervisors also rejected the bids submitted for road patching materials and opted to buy from Heilman Pavement Specialties, of Sarver, Butler County, on a supply contract coordinated through COSTARS, a cooperative purchasing program run by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

• Designated the weekend of April 25-27 for the annual spring cleanup program, allowing township residents to dispose of residential waste in Dumpsters at no cost for most materials.

The supervisors at their April 16 meeting will set fees for tires and large appliances. Rubbish will be inspected and certain materials will be separated for recycling, the supervisors said. Collection hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

• Approved a request from the Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company ladies auxiliary to close parts of Grant Street and Park Drive near the fire station during a pistol bash scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. June 7.

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