Mahoning Township supervisors accepted a new fire engine which literally arrived at the building about a half hour before the recent meeting. Fire Chief Mark Ebbert said it would take about a month to put it into service, but he was grateful to everyone for their roles in the replacement of the old apparatus.
"Kovatch had a lot of challenges to meet our needs and did it with ease. I want to thank the board, the residents and everyone for their support. It took us 30 years to replace it," said Ebbert during the public comment.
Chairperson John Wieczorek thanked Ebbert for the work the fire company does. Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt said, "We appreciate all you guys do."
In other business, supervisors received two bids for 8,500 gallons of 87 octane gas delivered to the township. The first bid was by Farm and Home at a cost of 3.007 per gallon for a total of $25,559.50 while the second bid was by Atlantic Coast Energy at a cost of 2.9005 per gallon for a total of $24,654.25. Supervisors unanimously awarded the bid to Atlantic Coast Energy. Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt noted that the difference in the original phone bid that supervisors rejected due to needing to follow procedure was much more expensive and two weeks made quite a difference due to the falling gasoline prices.
Supervisors also were notified by Bruce Steigerwalt that there were two layouts marked to the rear of the building in the location where the new pole building for the road crew is planned to be erected. "I need to know which way the board wants to go," he said. One option was marked with pink ribbons and pink paint and one with green ribbons and green paint.
"The difference between the two is one squares the building to the lot and the other squares the building to the existing building," Steigerwalt said. He said the road crew liked the first layout, but when they were shown the second layout they liked that as well. He asked the supervisors for their input in deciding which layout to use.
Steigerwalt said the decision needs to be made so township engineer T&M Engineering can set the floor specifications. Chairperson John Wieczorek said he believed the road crew should make the final decision and use their preference.
It was also noted during the meeting that PPL sent a notice that indicated decks, out buildings and pools need to be removed from their easements.
Wieczorek said supervisor Frank Ruch and road crew supervisor Ron Reeser did a road inspection. "I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of most of the roads which are in better shape than I thought," he said. He noted there were some areas that needed repairs but did not specify which ones in his verbal report.