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At its meeting Wednesday night the White Township supervisors approved the $42,973 purchase of a Ford F350 4-by-4 utility truck with a crew cab on a state contract from Tom Masano Ford Lincoln of Reading.

Township Manager Milt Lady said the municipality still needed two trucks after choosing in May to return a Fuels Incentive grant to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

That grant was supposed to help cover the township’s conversion of two new trucks to run on natural gas, but where the township sought a $16,000 rebate per truck, it only received $7,500 per truck. Supervisor Eugene Gemmell moved to purchase the truck and Supervisor Gail McCauley seconded that motion.

The board also awarded a $5,126 contract to Glass Erectors Inc. of Reynolds-ville for push buttons and operators that will make the doors to the lobby of the township municipal building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“No one has complained,” Lady told board Chairman George Lenz in answer to a question about what prompted the action. Lady offered to get two more bids for the work but McCauley said, “go ahead” with Glass Erectors, a motion seconded by Gemmell.

Lady said one reason for choosing that contractor is the past work by Glass Erectors on the doors to the township’s S&T Bank Arena.

Speaking of S&T Bank Arena, the township manager also said a meeting is scheduled Friday with a consulting engineer on the final design for renovations to the 1,000-seat facility, that are to be covered by a $399,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Lady also reported that bids will be opened at 2 p.m. Wednesday for a long-sought traffic signal along Warren Road.

He hopes a slimmed-down plan for the traffic signal will keep the bids within $215,745 that includes a $172,545 state Green Light-Go grant and a required township match.

New crosswalks and the painting of pavement markings are in order, following a safety audit conducted by PennDOT staff under the auspices of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission that focused on Wayne Avenue and South Seventh Street.

The township manager said $50,000 has been allocated for the work and the township will seek quotes.

Lady also provided an update on the Corrective Action Plan approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection. He said 13 out of 90 allocated sewer taps already had been sold. Asked by Lenz about how many taps normally are allocated, the township manager said 30 per year.

The township is near completion of a stormwater retention pond along Mill Run Drive behind Canterbury Apartments. Silt was removed and seeding and mulching is being done this week.

Recent heavy rain — not to mention the tornadoes in some nearby areas — has called attention to the retention ponds.

Code Enforcement Officer Matt Genchur said the silt removal “gave that pond more room to take in these weather events.”

It also was the stage for a rescue earlier this week. Genchur said six ducklings were snagged from a drainage pipe.

Genchur also reported that John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home will need a highway occupancy permit as well as a stormwater management agreement as part of its plan for a garage and monument storage building a short distance away from the funeral home’s campus.

The township planning commission gave conditional approval Tuesday night to Lefdahl’s plan for the 2,752-square-foot building to be erected at 885 Marion Road.

The stormwater plan will involve a pond the township just recently took over. Gemmell moved to authorize filing for the highway occupancy permit with PennDOT, with Supervisor Steven Kelly seconding that motion.