White Township supervisors have decided to pave the parking lot at the township’s Indian Springs Road municipal building, and along with it, are installing a public demonstration project meant to illustrate the benefits of a “rain garden.”
A rain garden is essentially a rocky pit with plantings on top.
Stormwater runoff from an impregnable surface, such as a paved parking lot, is diverted into the garden, where it is slowly soaked into the ground and taken up by the plants.
The gardens reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that flows into drains and surface waters, thereby mitigating problems such as flooding and pollution.
Supervisors will be installing the garden in cooperation with the Evergreen Conservancy.
Township manager Milt Lady said the hope is that it will help encourage new developments to install similar gardens around parking lots.
Supervisors decided to pave the township lot to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the municipal building, but more importantly, to reduce the amount of stone that is unintentionally mixed in with road maintenance material piled on top.
Supervisors agreed to hire Environmental Land Surveying & Solutions to design the lot and the garden at a cost of $750.
In other matters, supervisors opened bids from suppliers for artificial turf at S&T Bank Arena.
The apparent low bidder is USSA Polyturf Inc., of Irvine, Calif. It submitted a bid of $67,956. Supervisors tabled action on awarding a purchase contract pending a review of the bids.