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Buffalo takes next step in Butler-Freeport Trail

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 1:17 a.m.

The Buffalo supervisors approved a contractor for I-beams for a bridge that will help complete the Butler-Freeport Trail this summer.

On Wednesday evening, supervisors awarded between $7,000 and $8,000 to Holbein Inc. of Buffalo Township for I-beams to build a bridge over Coal Run in Butler.

That bridge will complete the 21-mile trail, from Freeport to Father Marinaro Park in Butler.

Buffalo owns the trail, which passes through it as well as Freeport, Winfield, Jefferson, Summit, Butler Township and Butler.

Supervisors Chairman John Haven said that officials hope to finish the last mile to Butler, including the bridge, this summer.

Supervisors still have to decide how much stone it will buy for the trail's surface to complete the job. They have bids for the stone but held off making a decision until they know how much they will need.

The township has received state grants, including two related state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants totaling about $180,000, some of which will be used to complete the bridge.

In other business

• Supervisors agreed to continue police coverage at Freeport Area School District schools in the township in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shootings.

According to public safety Supervisor Gary Risch, township police patrol the schools at the start and end of school days and perform a walk-through. The township will provide coverage until the school district formalizes future security plans. So far, the coverage hasn't caused any overtime, Risch said.

• Residents will be charged by the pound to dispose of their electronics. To find out where the collections take place, call 1-866-815-0016.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com.

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