Leaf Pickup Underway In Rice Township

Leaf pickup is underway in Rice Township but not many residents are eligible to have their leaves collected by the township as of last week.

Township Roadmaster Bob Pipech reported at the October 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors that leaf pickup began on October 3rd and will continue to November 15th but residents must be a member of the Mountaintop COG in order to take advantage of this service.

Pipech noted, “Only 22 residents are COG members in Rice. You must get a permit from the COG to get leaves picked up.”

Residents can become COG members by purchasing a 2016 sticker at a cost of $10 from the township secretary at the municipal building located at 3000 Church Road, Mountaintop. Leaves must be placed in clear plastic bags. After November 15, all COG members may take their leaves to the COG collection site on Oak Hill Road in the Crestwood Industrial Park.

Pipech also reported PennDOT started milling Nuangola Road and “the guys did a great job.” He added the township is trying to get a roller from the COG so it will look like concrete. Pipech also noted the road department is ready for the winter season.

In other business, Township

Engineer Andy Pasonick reported the Laurel Drive culvert replacement project was progressing well and was expected to be completed two weeks from the date of the meeting.

Regarding the Ice Lakes project to repair a pipe at the upper lake, the board authorized Penn Eastern Engineers to submit a letter of amendment on the project to the Department of Environmental Protection. Pasonick recommended two options be presented: option #1 to repair the present pipe at a cost of

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