The status of two projects in Rice Township dominated the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on September 14.
Engineer Andy Pasonick, of Penn Eastern Engineers, reported the Laurel Lakes culvert replacement project is expected to be completed in mid-October. The project to will replace a damage culvert requires the installation of a 137” by 87” metal pipe arch (aluminized steel) culvert at a cost of $157,671.35.
Pasonick reported the site had been excavated, the old pipe removed and the new aluminized metal arch culvert is on site. He also explained that a PP&L power line inside the old culvert needs to be re-located at a cost of $7,236. Pasonick pointed out PPL won’t put the work order in until they receive payment.
Township solicitor Jack Dean told supervisors it is not in the best interest of the township to hold up the project for a change order but does not feel the utility should charge the township for relocating the line. Dean said he did not recommend fighting utility over the cost.
The board approved a contract change order and approved a resolution to secure up to $100,000 of borrowing to finance the replacement of the Culvert on Laurel Drive.
Regarding the Ice Lakes project, Pasonick reported he met with Kirk Krieder of the Department of Environmental Protection on Sept. 2 in regard to repairing a drain pipe at the upper lake. DEP informed him the township needs to submit a letter of amendment to its current dam permit in order to move forward with the project. Pasonick explained it could take a few months to get the information needed for the letter. Then DEP will review the letter and give its approval. The review time could be six months.
The engineer explained DEP has determined the existing 13-inch pipe does not meet regulations and recommended a 24-inch pipe be installed. In August 2015, the present pipe caused the water level in the lake to drain, dropping the water level significantly.
Supervisor Robert Pipech stated the township needs to apply for additional funds, more than the Local Share Account (gaming) grant of $85,000 the township was awarded in June to be used for repairs to the dam.
“That’s not going to be enough,” Pipech said.
In other business, the board, ratified authorization for Township Secretary Jeff Beck to attend a PSAB Basic Budgeting class and to enroll the township in a training membership to PSAB to receive discount prices for a total cost of $225; authorized a payment of $190 to the PA State Association of Boroughs for Ann Kijeck, planning commission, and the township secretary to attend a zoning course; authorized the township secretary to apply for a credit card for township use and the cancellation of the Citizens Bank debit card, authorized the township secretary to pay up to $40 to attend the webinar on New federal Overtime Pay Rules; and renew the lapsed annual service contract for their copier/printer with Golden Business Machines for $108 per quarter effective August 2016.
The board tabled a motion to adopt a resolution to accept PennDOT’s offer of $15,600 for the property owned by the township what will be the corner of Henry Drive and Church Road to facilitate the removal of the Church Road bridge and the construction of the intersection of those two roads.
The motion was tabled at the request of Supervisor Rick Arnold in order to have a meeting between PennDOT and the property owners.
The Rice Twp. Police Dept. investigated 243 incidents that included 140 complaints, 2 accidents, 10 traffic citations, 6 non-traffic citations and 8 criminal arrests.
Budget preparation will begin in October. Departments were asked to submit their budgetary needs for 2017.
Roadmaster Pipech announced leaf pick-up will begin on Monday, October 3 and conclude Tuesday, November 15th, Leaves will only be picked up from COG members. After November 15, all COG members may take their leaves to the COG collection site. Leaves must be placed in clear plastic bags.