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another formal study of the project in order to satisfy both agencies.

Roadmaster Bob Pipech said the township now has only one functioning lawn tractor. He is pricing new ones to present for a vote at a future meeting. Supervisors also voted to spend $1,600 to remove nine trees along Wilderness Drive.

It was announced that the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual bazaar June 9-11.

Supervisors approved two additional motions: to pay the Wright Township Volunteer Fireman’s Association $9,913.77 quarterly as Rice Township’s contribution to the association, and to allow Rice Elementary School to use the township building’s parking lot as overflow parking on field trip days this spring.

Public questions addressed several topics, including:

Former fire hall building: Marcia Thomas, chair of the supervisors, noted the township’s insurance company requires an inspection on the social hall area before any plans can be made for the former Rice fire hall.

Township website: The township’s website at ricetwp.com

lists outdated office hours. Thomas said the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors provides web support for the township, but it had suffered a virus that had interfered for a time. Beck added that although the virus issue has since been repaired, he is still trying to “see if there is a way to improve the support. We have a design improvement in mind, but making that happen is the challenge.”

Unsightly properties: A resident suggested implementing a “Take Pride in Your Neighborhood” campaign to encourage cleanup of sloppy properties in the township. Thomas countered that unsightly properties are a zoning issue that must be addressed by the zoning board. A related question addressed recent dumping along Blytheburn Road, where three televisions are among the detritus. Police Sgt. Harry Ehret said the police department has contacted Luzerne County to handle cleanup.

Blacktop cost: In response to a question about blacktop quality in the township, Pasonick said the township uses top-grade “Superpave” that is supposed to last nine to 12 years. “It’s the best you can buy,” he said, noting that the newest material might seen “bonier” or a bit less smooth than older paving material, but it’s the most durable.

Supervisor Rick Arnold closed the meeting by thanking all who were involved in putting on a successful township egg hunt on April 8, including organizer Holly Guydish. He also thanked state Rep. Gerald Mullery for donating two bicycles as prizes. “One kids was so excited he couldn’t wait until he got home –he was out here riding it around the parking lot all morning,” Arnold said.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p. m. Tuesday, June 6, at the township building.