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Sandy considers exemption request
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
DUBOIS - Numerous items of business were discussed at last night's Sandy Township Board of Supervisors' and Municipal Authority meeting.
Township engineer Perry Bowser discussed a request for sewage planning exemption for the Sheetz store, located at state Route 830 and U.S. Route 219 (Falls Creek), which will be reconstructed. Bowser said, "The project involves an additional car wash at the site, and an additional sewage flow at 5,851 gallons per day." The sewage will be treated by the Slab Run Road treatment plant.
The supervisors approved the request, and Dick Castonguay, township manager, said the construction on Sheetz is proposed to begin in the spring and be completed in October.
Concerning the exit 101 project, Bowser said the township officially received the application for transfer of the Water Quality Management project.
He also said the construction of the facility is substantially complete, and the developer indicated that the total contract cost for the waterline extension will be $360,000, and for the sewer line, $335,000. The township will pay 33 percent of waterline and 50 percent of the sewer line. Solicitor Greg Kruk will review all project documents and then sign them, along with Bowser and Castonguay.
During his manager's report, Castonguay said the Merris Avenue water project is nearing completion, and he is working on the cost summary to submit for reimbursement from the Community Development Block Grant program.
He also said that bids will be opened at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 for material for the CDBG interconnect project. "We do have a few hundred feet of pipe in stock, and weather permitting, we will start laying that line on West Long Avenue," said Castonguay. He also noted that the township has not yet received its CDBG contract for 2012.
During the supervisors' meeting, Kruk discussed a zoning amendment change for the Metaltech Inc. property. He handed the supervisors maps to review, and told them the process is in the beginning stages. Metaltech will have a change in zoning classification from industrial to commercial light industrial highway.
Another zoning amendment change is for two parcels along SR 830 and U.S. 219, which will have a change in classification from RA to industrial. The parcels are a property owned by Doan, and the railroad going through it.
Supervisors approved to move along with this process, and Kruk said the amendments will go to both planning commissions and then a public hearing will be held.
During his engineer's report, Bowser said he is "reviving" the Old Bliss Run Road bridge project. Bowser said he recently met with the Geotech engineer to discuss preparation, and the permit should be submitted within the next few weeks.
Castonguay, during the manager's report, said he received notice that PUC has approved the rail crossing at SR 830, which they inspected Oct. 18. Castonguay said he also received a GP11 permit for Buffalo-Pittsburgh railroad for a proposition to make repairs to an existing timber bridge.
He also received a preliminary request from the state Department of Transportation about taking over a bridge near the Huston Township border; PennDOT has offered to pay for the bridge replacement.

In other business, supervisors:
• heard from Kruk regarding the Corbet Construction Inc. hearing held at the previous supervisors' meeting. He said the written follow-up is complete, but still needs to be signed.
• approved authorizing Kruk to prepare the proposed Comcast TV franchise agreement for a renewal ordinance to be presented at the Dec. 3 meeting. Kruk said the contract is 10 years, and has a 5 percent franchise fee.
• noted they received a check yesterday from the state for ACT 13 distribution. The amount was reduced from $84,000 plus, which was previously announced, to $79,000 plus.
• heard from Don Routch, township police chief. He said the department received updated training on use of Tazers and force; met with DuBois Regional Medical Center representatives to go over procedures; and has contacted the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police about the final assessment, which currently has no set date.
• heard from Dave Monella, public works director. He said the leaf pickup is nearing completion, he has the winter shift schedule completed and the township is receiving 2A stone that it had bid out.
Darlene Marshall, Highland Street Extension resident, attended the meeting to remind supervisors of the EPA public hearing Dec. 10 at the Brady Township Community Center. The hearing concerns the proposed Highland Street disposal injection well. She is asking residents to submit public comments and a request for the hearing by Dec. 4.
An executive session was held after the supervisors' meeting to discuss legal matters.
Sandy Township's next board of supervisors and municipal authority meeting will be held Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

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