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White Township officials weigh removal of truck scale

by on May 15, 2014 10:55 AM

The White Township supervisors are considering whether to do away with the township’s free-to-use truck scale.

At a meeting Wednesday, township manager Milt Lady told the supervisors it might be time to consider removing the nearly 40-year-old scale, given the costs associated with maintaining and repairing it.

Lady said the township recently found out that a support beam on the scale is corroding and will cost around $3,000 to repair. In addition, a retaining wall in the pit in which the scale sits is bowing and needs to be pushed back, he said.

All told, the township has spent $27,600 on maintenance and repairs since 2008, Lady told supervisors. At the same time, few people, including the township, are using the scale, he said.

Supervisor George Lenz said that if the scale isn’t being used, then it probably should be removed.

“If it’s not serving a purpose, then it needs to go,” he said.

In the past the township used the scale to weigh deliveries of road material. In addition, state police also used it as part of their motor carrier enforcement operations, back when Indian Springs Road was the main connection to Route 422, Lady said. There also was a time when Kovalchick Corp., a scrap and salvage business, was using it to weigh their trucks, he said.

But before making a final decision, the supervisors agreed to conduct a little experiment first — they’re going to close the scale and see how many complaints they receive before deciding whether it is worth maintaining.

In other matters, officials approved a four-way stop at Getty Avenue and Laurel Street. The intersection currently has a two-way stop.

Also Wednesday, Lady reminded residents that the annual spring cleanup will be Monday. Residents may place yard waste at the curb for disposal.

He said the township will not accept grass clippings, bagged material or anything with a diameter larger than 5 inches.

Waste is to be placed at the curb by Monday morning, and crews will work throughout the week collecting it, he said.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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