The Rush Township board of supervisors approved a submission for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding request for $60,000 at last evening's monthly meeting in the municipal building.
According to the board, the money will be used for sanitary line replacement on Chestnut Street and from Hunter Street to Ridge Street and then onto Ryan Avenue – 1,100 feet of pipe and laterals. Vice Chairman Robert J. Leibensperger said he hopes the township receives the grant in 2013 and can start the work in 2014.
The CDBG grant comes through the state from the federal government and is intended mainly for low to moderate income project. Other townships in the area, including West Penn, are also trying to utilize the grants provided through this program.
The board approved a motion to hire three part-time police officers (Joseph Krebs, James Patterson and Matthew Houser) to fill in for fulltime officer Adam Sinton after he broke his leg while off duty.
On a similar note, a three-year police department contract for fulltime officers was approved, which will become effective in January 2013.
The meeting, the board hired several people to help facilitate an ongoing change in the township's sewer department. Andrew Morgan was hired as a fulltime road department laborer/sewer laborer at $12 an hour. Chairman Shawn Gilbert said Morgan has all his certifications to conduct sewer treatments and that he will be put ahead of the sewer department.
Jarrad Barnitsky was hired as fulltime sanitary sewer collection system operator/laborer at $17 an hour. Also, William Murphy was hired as a working consultant for the sanitary sewer collections operator at $20 an hour on an as needed basis.
Several outstanding invoices were paid to two different companies. First, the board authorized a payment of $45,094.95 to Ankiewicz Enterprises, Inc. as full and final payment of all outstanding invoices from an amounts claim. Second, a partial payment of $14,424.15 to Alfred Benesch & Company was approved for complete work.
The board approved a purchase of a Kubota Model L-4600, which has a front-end loader, for $23,781.74. This will replace a 1990 Ford Tractor, which will soon be advertised for sales and open to bids.
It was announced at the meeting that Trick or Treat will be on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Next board of supervisors meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.