Boggs Twp. OKs budget with no tax increase|
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
WEST DECATUR - Residents in Boggs Township will not be paying more in taxes next year, after the supervisors approved the 2013 budget with no tax increase at yesterday's monthly township meeting.
The budget is balanced and shows the township anticipating $445,959 in revenue and expenditures. The total includes the general fund and the liquid fuels funds. Supervisor chairman Bill Dickson motioned to accept the budget as presented with a second from Jeff Baney. The motion carried unanimously.
It was also announced during the meeting that for the first time in the township's history a grant in the amount of $40,000 was obtained.
Dickson said the township has received smaller grants over the years but this is the largest grant the township has ever been awarded.
The grant will go toward the park the township will build on the site of the former Blue Ball School. In his letter, Richard Allen, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said his department is committed to building community conservation partnerships with local governments and non-profit organizations to protect critical natural areas and open space, develop greenways and trails, provide quality park, recreation and conservation opportunities and to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania Communities.
Dickson said the credit for obtaining the grant goes to secretary/treasurer Denis Dobo and the EADS Group Engineers of Altoona. He said the supervisors are very happy to have received the grant and thank the state for providing the funding.
The supervisors heard from resident Sarah Condon who spoke about the proposed landfill. She said if the landfill goes in then it is going to ruin lives and destroy Clearfield. She said the truck traffic will be terrible and there will be more accidents and she said the stench will be horrible.
Resident John Deacon then spoke, saying he's in favor of the landfill and there is a lot of miscommunication floating around about the landfill. He said it could be 10 times worse and no one would have anything to say about it.
Dickson said the road has a lot of crashes on it as it is, while supervisor Gary Straw said "There was just one there this morning."
"Interstate 80 and the bypass were built to withstand large volumes of traffic and Clearfield and Lawrence Township are currently benefiting from that," Deacon said. "But now that there is a chance for a landfill, they're complaining."
Dickson pointed out that dirt from the site of the current ethanol plant was hauled to Boggs Township and dumped and the only reason the supervisors found out is they followed the trucks and asked about it. He said the paperwork was then speeded up to help the project along.
"The fact is, we're not the judges," Dickson said. "We are not deciding it if happens or not."
He said there were laws that needed to be followed and that's what they did. He also noted that anyone wishing to file an objection to the landfill should contact the state Department of Environmental Protection in Williamsport, not Harrisburg.
In other business, the supervisors:
• approved a lot addition for the Kinard Property.
• approved the subdivision for the Hoover Property.
• acknowledged the receipt of $28,029.74 in Act 13 Marcellus shale gas money.
• received a fee schedule from Mary Kay Lopton for sewage permits.
• hired Carla A. Curry of Indiana to design and create a website for the township. She will then teach Dobo how to update the site. The site will allow residents to apply for permits and it will carry the township ordinances, have the agendas posted and much more. The cost for set up and instruction is $1,500.