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A checking account for the Rush Township bicentennial event has been established at Mauch Chunk Trust.

Rush Township supervisors discussed the event at a special meeting Friday afternoon, which was called to pay the township bills for January.

An initial meeting on the bicentennial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Rush Township Municipal Building. Supervisors are encouraging citizens to participate and volunteer in this commemorative occasion.

The township also received two donations to be used towards the bicentennial celebration. One, from Dr. Albert Rocuskie of Hometown, will help defray expenses from the volunteer luncheon held on January 8. The other was from Quakake American Legion Post 973, which made the donation in honor of all veterans.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or volunteer can contact the township office at 668-2938.

Also, at Friday's meeting:

Supervisors announced an agreement between Lamar Sign Company and the township concerning two billboards owned by Lamar that are located on township property, along the east side of Route 309. According to supervisor Robert Leibensperger, the signs have been on property that is part of John Ryan Memorial Park since 1971.

The township and Lamar have signed a 10-year lease agreement that will begin on February 1, 2011. After that, it will renew from year to year, unless either party gives notice of termination.

Lamar will provide a payment of $1,500 annually to the township. These funds will be deposited in the Rush Township Recreation Fund and be ear-marked for future upgrades to Ryan Park.

In other action, supervisors:

Ÿ Accepted the resignation letter of Brian Thompson, township police officer, which was effective January 25, 2011. They also hired Elden Neifert as a part-time laborer and snow plow driver on an as needed basis.

Ÿ Received six bids for the advertised sale of their assault rifles. The highest bid for the two rifles came from Gaudino Brothers, LLC, of Freedom, Pa/, in the amount of $1,110. Supervisors Steve Simchak and Robert Leibensperger approved the bid. Supervisor Shawn Gilbert was not at the meeting.

Ÿ Received a thank you from John and Darlene Nee regarding work that was done by the road crew on the installation of storm inlets and pipes on Rogosky Street in Quakake.