Rice Township Board Hires Environmental Consulting Firm

The Rice Township Board of Supervisors voted to hire Herpetological Associates, an environmental consulting firm, to conduct a survey and make recommendations regarding an endangered species that must be addressed prior to repairing a dam at the Ice Lakes. The firm, located in Wyomissing, specializes in endangered and threatened plants and animals, their ecology and environment.

At the board’s December 2 meeting, township engineer Andy Pasonick explained the northern cricket frog, an endangered species, is native to the area. Herpetological Associates will conduct a survey and make recommendations to alleviate any harmful effect on the frogs’ environment before the dam can be repaired.

The board agreed to hire the

company at a cost of $1,743 in order for Pasonick to submit a dam permit amendment to the Department of Environmental Protection. The dam will be repaired by either making repairs to an existing pipe and culvert at cost of about $105,000 or installing a new 24-inch pipe at an approximate cost of $120,000 in addition to latest expense of $1,743. It could take DEP a few months to review the application.

In other business matters, the board approved a resolution for the Local Share Account (Gaming) Grant, the application fees, and the appointment of Supervisor Bob Pipech to execute the documents. The grant will be used

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