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Supervisors fail to agree on some road, sewer issues

Published September 21. 2011 05:01PM

The Rush Township board of supervisors failed to unanimously agree on several road and sewer issues at Tuesday's regular meeting, held at the municipal building.

A 2-1 majority approved advertising the Hometown Area Safe Routes Project. With a grant from PennDOT Transportation Enhancement Funding for $204,000, the township is left with a $36,000 cost to cover the project.

Vice Chairman Shawn Gilbert voted no because last month he said he doesn't think the township's general fund has the money needed; he is against it this month as well.

Improvements include fixing existing sidewalks along Meadow Avenue and pouring new ones along Oak Lane, widening the shoulder, mounting road signs along Lincoln Drive and painting as needed.

With another 2-1 majority, the board accepted a proposal request from consulting services to apply for a federal grant to fix the Hometown sewer system. Even with a grant, Gilbert said it was "too expensive."

Because of a 120 day contract extension the board approved with a 2-1 majority, Meadow Avenue will still be seeing work done to improve its sewer system. Several residents in the audience who live on that street were unhappy about the extension, but chairman Stephen W. Simchak assured them it was approved for legitimate reasons.

Gilbert said, however, "A contract is a contract."

Aside from road and sewer issues, a list of other approvals was made. Daniel J. Metzger's resignation letter was accepted from the Northeastern Schuylkill Joint Municipal Authority. The board is seeking someone to fill the position.

From now on, Rush Township Fire Police will assist with traffic control at the Marian Catholic High School home football games. Also, police will be patrolling neighborhoods for trick-or-treat night on Monday Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m.

The board also adopted a Statement for Support, recognizing the National Guard and the Reserves.

Lastly, once the municipal building development specifications are reviewed, the board will advertise for an emergency generator. Both the municipal building and the police station lost power during recent storms.

Next board of supervisors meeting is on Tuesday Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the municipal building.

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