In October of 2011, West Penn Township's road crew leader, Jeremy Frable, told supervisors that heavy rains would make the bridge on Berry Road irreparable for at least a year. At last evening's supervisors meeting, just over a year later, Township Engineer Ronald B. Madison, PE said he hopes the see the bridge paved over a week after Thanksgiving.
Along with that announcement, the board approved the first payment of the bridge repair for $10,000. Because rain damaged the bridge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be paying the costs of the construction.
Moving on to a frequently appearing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant program, the Mullin & Lonergan consultant for housing and community development, Karen Parish, provided the board additional information about grants it might be eligible to receive. The grants come through the state from the federal government and are intended mainly for low to moderate income project. Other townships in the area, such as Rush, are also trying to utilize grants in the same way. The board tabled further discussions on applications until it can carefully review the information before submitting anything else. Next, after a vacancy recently opened on the planning commission, Ted Bogosh, who serves on the township's sewer committee, was appointed to fill the position. Lastly, a budget meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. The next board of supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Both meetings will be held in the municipal building.