Dorrance Leaders Plan Road Projects

Lead by Chairman Gary Zane, Dorrance supervisors Royce Engler and Bill Wengrzynek moved smoothly through a brief May 11 meeting.

Two road projects are in works this paving season. By unanimous vote, the board approved advertising a resurfacing job on approximately one mile of Prospect Road. Wengrzynek advised that the bid will call for milling and the installation of a superpave wearing course and appropriate line painting. He stated that the proposal will treat the busy local roadway from the Interstate 81 overpass to Country Club Drive.

Secretary Patricia Davis reported that the “Bids will be received until Thursday, June 4 at 3 pm and the bids will be opened at the June 8 supervisors meeting.”

Provisions are also being sought for a gravel road repair, it was announced. The board approved the advertising, if necessary, for the purchase of 1,400 tons of DSA delivered to upgrade the township’s Taney Road. The consultants on the project are the Luzerne County Conservation District, which offers Dirt and Gravel Road maintenance training. The Driving Surface Aggregate material must be acquired from a certified quarry and will contain components that form a pave-like consistency under the proper compaction techniques.

In other business, Zoning Officer Alan Snelson reported a busy month with 8 permits issued for a total on $2,600 in fees. The permits covered the installation of a home addition, a pool, a pole barn and accessory buildings. In addition he said, the Transco Pipeline will make three utility cuts for the 4+ mile new construction in the township.

The board advised that the annual Clean-up was held on Saturday, May 2nd and the final results will be reported in June.

Solicitor Don Karpowich noted that a final agreement it in the works with Transco Pipeline contractor, “This is a maintenance Bond and Security agreement with Dorrance Township and Sheehan Pipeline Company. It’s for the protection of our roads and it’s in the amount of $331,500…And at this time I just need a motion to approve a Dorrance Township, Luzerne County, Roadway Maintenance and Security Agreement.”

Davis reported that the Fire Company had 5 motor vehicle accidents, 2 structure fires, 2 vehicle fires, 3 brush fires and assisted other departments five times. The Ambulance responded to 4 motor vehicle accidents; 11 medical calls and 2 assists to the fire company.

She added that 680 vehicles accessed the township recycling center and a total of $38 in donations were received in April.