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Logging company to bond Pine Township road
Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
At last night's meeting, the Pine Township Supervisors gave the OK for a logging company to bond Greenwood Road.
Aaron Rowles of Aaron Rowles Logging Inc. attended the meeting to inform the supervisors of a job his company will be doing, and to discuss bonding the road. Chairman Gary Bowser noted there are other ways to have the road insured, but the township has been told by the state Department of Transportation that having roads bonded is best.
Rowles said his company will be logging a 196-acre property and he has a five-year lease on it, but it should only take up to two years to clear the area. The supervisors asked when the trucks would be on the road, and Rowles said it could be 24 hours a day depending on the drivers' availability.
Rowles told the supervisors that his company does everything "by the book."
Bowser told Rowles that he is required to drive the road with Shawn Agosti of the state Department of Transportation's department of municipal services and record the road conditions prior to starting operations. This record will help determine if the road is damaged by the log trucks during the company's stay.
Bowser said he will contact Agosti today, and then hopefully he can do the tour with Rowles and complete the bond paperwork.
The supervisors said the work recently done on Greenwood Road turned out well, and the road is now in much better shape. Cost of the materials for the project was $15,047.53. Bowser noted they are still waiting for the labor bill, but it shouldn't put the total cost past $20,000.
Supervisor Dave Johnson mentioned looking into the Dirt and Gravel Roads program. He said he will attend the training session at DuBois in October and then update Bowser and Supervisor Dave Long, who both attended training in the past.
The board, along with Secretary/Treasurer Carol Romanski, prepared documents and records for a liquid fuels state audit for 2012 and 2013.
The next board of supervisors' meeting is Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources building at S.B. Elliott State Park.
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