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Funds sought for water lines upgrade

Published August 04. 2011 05:01PM

Schuylkill Township is going to proceed with the application for CDBG fund in order to upgrade sections of the Tuscarora water lines.

Karen Parrish, a grant consultant from Mullin and Lonergan Associates, reviewed the process with supervisors at last night's regular meeting.

"Hopefully, they'll be able to do enough work out there for most of the people of Tuscarora to have better water service," she said.

The township is currently applying for $350,000; however, they are also planning to approach the Blythe township water authority about funding part of the project.

If they are able to obtain matching funds, they may be able to apply for $500,000 through the grant program.

The supervisors said that although the $350,000 will not pay to upgrade all of the water lines, there are "strategic things" that can be done that will improve the entire system. Parrish said that letters of support for the project, addressed to the township, will be helpful to include with the grant application.

"The letters should explain the difficulties that residents have," she said, whether it's low pressure or sediment in the water, for example. Parrish also added that the township can apply for more funding next year, "depending on how bad things are."

In other business, secretary/treasurer Mary Bubel advised the supervisors that seventy delinquent garbage bills have been sent to the township's solicitor Michael Greek for final notice.

The delinquent bills have a $20 penalty attached to them. Supervisors discussed changing the penalties for late payment next year.

Supervisors approved the transfer of $5,550 from the general fund to the reserve fund. That amount is what the township received for the sale of their old backhoe. They then approved the withdrawal of $45,000 from the reserve fund and $10,000 from the general fund to pay for a 2008 John Deere Backhoe 310-SJ, fully loaded.

Chairman Linda DeCindio explained that the township was able to purchase the almost new backhoe through the local Council of Governments (COG). DeCindio said that the township has been able to purchase a new truck and now, a new backhoe, for the township, without raising taxes.

"We'll build up that reserve fund again and in four or five years, we'll buy something else," she said.

Supervisors announced that there will no longer be "door to door" collection of the water bills in Mary D. The Community Association will be accepting mail in payments or they may be delivered to Debra Balliet.

Police chief Jesse Zimmerman said that he has been enforcing a curfew and that several times within the last month, juveniles have been escorted home.

He also warned residents to be vigilant about locking cars, even if they are in car ports or garages, and securing doors and windows, particularly if residents will be on vacation.

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