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White Township’s board of supervisors approved an ordinance Wednesday night that under normal circumstances will ban hunting in the township’s recreational parks.

The exception will be if a need is seen for hunting to control the deer population.

Board Chairman George Lenz was the lone dissenting vote, while supervisors Rich Gallo, Gail McCauley, Eugene Gemmell and Sandi Gillette all voted for it.

McCauley moved for passage of the ordinance, Gallo seconded her motion.

“Public safety is our number one concern,” Gallo said.

Three bids were received for clearing out invasive plant species on 29 acres of the township recreation complex. The low bidder was Millstone Land Management LLC of Marion Center at $17,770.

Manager Milt Lady said its paperwork appeared to be in order, which wasn’t the case for WGM Excavation Services, of Kittanning ($19,865) and Tim Botsford, of Marion Center ($23,800). Lady said neither WGM nor Botsford submitted bid bonds along with their proposals.

The supervisors also approved an annual agreement with the Indiana Fire Association. Lady said the terms are identical to the past four years, including a payment of $207,000 made in quarterly installments to the IFA.

A fee schedule was approved for 2020 with few changes. One change will be an increase in the fee for sewer dye testing from $100 to $300. Lady said that’s meant to cover the three man-hours apiece for two sewer department employees — “not to mention (the cost) of the equipment,” Gemmell said.

The schedule also includes a new $150 fee for appeals to the Construction Code Appeals Board. The township is looking for someone to fill a vacancy for an alternate on that board, which would be for a term through Dec. 31, 2024.

Otherwise, the township is looking to fill two vacancies apiece on the Agricultural Security Advisory Board and Joint Sewer Coordinating Committee and one vacancy on the Comprehensive Plan Committee, all with terms running through the end of this year.

Applications are available at the township municipal building, 950 Indian Springs Road, or at www.whitetownship.org. Deadline for applications as well as accompanying cover letters of interest is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

In other matters in his report, the township manager said the commonwealth has set new bid limits for 2020.

Three quotes are required for any contract between $11,300 (up from $11,100 last year) and $21,000 (up from $20,600) requires three quotes. Anything over $21,000 requires sealed bids.

At the direction given last month by the supervisors, Lady said he mailed a letter earlier this week to PennDOT, supporting Indiana Borough’s bid to change the state transportation department’s opinion about removing the traffic signal at Philadelphia and 11th streets.

Lady said he was asked by the Indiana County Conservation District to write a letter supporting its bid for a $28,769.92 grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Lady said the grant would be used for a partnership with the township, to promote urban agriculture, such as fruit trees and community gardens. McCauley moved and Gillette seconded that motion to authorize that letter.

Some months ago, the supervisors said they would discuss a date for trick-or-treating at Monday’s reorganization meeting. Lenz acknowledged that it wasn’t discussed at that meeting, but he felt the township should leave it on Oct. 31 until it can coordinate matters with Indiana Borough.

Gallo, a former Indiana councilman, recalled Mayor George Hood once saying that, as long as he’s mayor, trick-or-treating would continue on Oct. 31.