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Landslide threatens road in Frazer

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By George Guido
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

A landslide that has threatened to disrupt traffic on Yutes Run Road in Frazer is set to be repaired next week.

The slide occurred near a conventional natural gas well-drilling site, leased by Huntley & Huntley on land owned by Edward and Tanya Lustic.

The township is involved because Yutes Run is a township road and the slide, if worsened, could hamper traffic.

Supervisors on Tuesday night approved an agreement among the drilling firm, the Lustics and the township. The drilling company will make the repairs.

At some points during the repairs, one lane of traffic will be blocked. Traffic will have to alternate during those times. There were no estimates made as to how long the repair will take.

In other business

• The township will sell a 2002 F-550 dump truck, plow included. Bernie Salsbery of West Deer was the high bidder at more than $14,300. Four bids were received.

• Supervisors accepted the resignation of Nathan Meade as a part-time police officer. The township has enough full- and part-time officers to man shifts, despite the resignation.

• The agreement to buy road salt from Cargill, Inc. was extended for another year. The township will pay $57.82 per ton starting on July 1. That's an increase of $1.13 per ton over last winter's cost.

• The township will transfer $500,000 from its capital-reserve account to a new general-fund savings account at First Commonwealth Bank.

The interest paid by First Commonwealth will be 0.15 percent, meaning the township will earn more than $700 per month interest, compared to the old fund that paid just 0.02 percent.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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