Rice Township Superviors Discuss Funding For Projects

The Rice Township Board of Supervisors announced the township will be able to use a portion of funds from two Local Share Account grants awarded in 2016 to help defray the cost of two repair projects.

At the board’s meeting on February 7, chair Marcia Thomas reported the board has received notification from the Department of the Community and Economic Development that $85,000 of the $200,000 grant awarded for road paving may be applied to the Laurel Drive culvert replacement project.

The board was also given permission to use an $85,814 LSA grant for repair of the Ice Lakes dam. The grant may be applied to the cost of retrofitting the dam in accordance with Commonwealth law. At the January 3 meeting, the board approved a request for a new LSA grant of $33,939 to cover the additional cost of the project. The cost of drilling a new 24-inch hole was estimated at approximately $120,000.

Township engineer Andy Pasonick reported the Laurel Lake culvert project is done but the Department of Environmental Protection is still reviewing the Ice Lakes dam package.

Regarding the dam project, the report on the Northern Cricket Frog study by Herpetological Associates is almost complete. The study was performed to determine any environmental effect on the frogs. The next step, according to Pasonick, will be to get the bid package together.

In other business, the board approved a budget of $1,000 from the Recreation Fund to hold an Easter Egg Hunt in the Rice Township Park with dates and times to be announced. The township will place two patron listings, supervisors ($75)and police dept., ($50) in the Theatre in the Grove playbill. A donation $100 for the SPCA for their annual campaign was also approved.

Township secretary/treasurer Jeff Beck has been appointed Rice Township Open Records (Right to Know) Officer for 2017.

Under committee reports, Police Chief Bob Franks reported there were 288 incidents and 109 complaints in January that included six accidents, eight traffic citations, 2 non-traffic citations, six parking tickets and twocriminal arrests.

The Wright Township Fire Department had six calls in Rice Township and 21 incidents in January.

In 2016, the fire department responded to 369 incidents, 37% of which were in Rice Township.

In zoning, an application from Valley Stream for 11 mobile homes was declined due to flood plane changes.