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Schuylkill Twp. accepts road work proposal

MARY D — The Schuylkill Township supervisors accepted a proposal for road work in the village of Tuscarora during their Monday meeting.

Schuylkill Paving Inc. in Schuylkill Haven submitted a cost of $13,055 for paving work on four blocks of Broad Street from Walnut to Ore streets. The remaining section of Broad Street from Ore Street to the dead end will not be done due to its good condition, according to Supervisors’ Chairman Charles Fayash.

“We’re paving pretty much all of Broad Street except for the last 100 feet to the dead end,” Fayash said.

Fayash said the project will take an estimated 480 tons of road material at a cost of $21,600, which will be purchased from Pottsville Materials, Pottsville, through the state COSTARS program at $45 per ton. The total project cost is $34,655.

The COSTARS program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. The COSTARS approach to cooperative purchasing uses the purchasing power of local entities to obtain more competitive pricing and choice than individual purchasers might be able to obtain on their own.

The program allows municipalities, school districts and other government entities to purchase materials from COSTARS companies without the need to bid at a competitive cost without incurring the costs involved in bidding.

In other business, police Chief Frank DiMarco reported that 10 traffic citations were issued throughout the township in September in response to complaints received during recent meetings.

In his solicitor’s report, Joseph R. Baranko Jr. responded to a question at last month’s meeting on whether the township can impose impact fees for damage to roads by trucks from mining operations. Baranko explained that the Second Class Township code does not authorize the imposition of impact fees.

Trick-or-treat in the township will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. DiMarco said the department will set up flares and he will contact the fire companies for their assistance. Officers will be on duty for children’s safety.

Other business

• The township has received notice from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that the township’s estimate liquid fuels allocation for 2018 is $65,174.72.

• The township was informed of the pending sale of MetroCast to Atlantic Broadband, which will take over the cable system serving the township. In July, Cogeco Communications Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband, has entered into a definitive agreement with Harron Communications L.P. to purchase all of its cable systems operating under the MetroCast brand name, according to a Cogeco media release. MetroCast’s networks serve about 236,000 homes and businesses in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and serve approximately 120,000 Internet, 76,000 video and 37,000 telephony customers.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals along with other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in January 2018.

• The township received $4,678.83 from the commonwealth state aid allocation for the Volunteer Fire Relief Association. Fayash said the funds will be disbursed to the fire companies.