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Gas line right of way approved in Washington Township

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 12:07 a.m.

Washington Township supervisors have agreed to let a natural gas transmission company lay two gas lines along 500 feet of township land.

CNX Inc., a subsidiary of Cecil Township-based Consol Energy Corp., will pay the township $30,000 for the right of way.

The 50-foot-wide by 525-foot-long pipeline excavation will be about 10 feet from the township's property line, in order to minimize the amount of unusable land. The pipes will be 10 inches in diameter.

CNX initially wanted a waterline and a natural gas line, but ultimately decided on two natural gas lines.

In other business

• Officials said about 95 percent of the Pucketa Creek sewer line project has been completed. The project covers 725 homes, including the Washington Acres housing plan.

The 13-year quest, however, to replace the Ludwig Road bridge over Pucketa Creek near the township's Camp Jo-Ann area, continues.

Plans and specifications have been uploaded into a computerized information system allowing contractors to look at what is needed.

Now, Westmoreland County officials want a copy of the plans. Township supervisors Chairman Richard Gardner doesn't know why they are interested.

The bridge replacement project, begun in 2001, will cost about $500,000, four times the original cost. Officials hope for funding in 2014.

• Supervisors approved a new business: JJ Landscaping, LLC will open at 116 George Road, the former Kramer Glass location.

Owner Joseph McWilliams will store vehicles related to landscaping on the site, and workers will park there. It will not be a retail business where customers would typically visit the office.

McWilliams would have to notify the township if an apartment located on the site is rented.

• Supervisors on Monday voted to retain the firm of Fisher, Long & Rigone, with Wesley T. Long, solicitor, as the primary contact.

The annual retainer will be $3,600, with $125 an hour for additional work. Long won't charge for his appearances at supervisors' meetings.

• Supervisors voted to continue holding regular meetings the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Agenda meetings will be the Monday before the second Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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