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Upscale homes get approval in Buffalo Township

| Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

Buffalo Township will soon be welcoming some new, upscale residents.

Supervisors on Wednesday night approved Phase III of the Village at Sarver's Mill, a 15-home development along Creekside Drive.

That will bring the development's total to 85 homes.

Phase II, with 21 homes, has just been completed, according to Jill Allen of The Maritage Group developers. Allen added that the homes in the new phase will be priced from $379,000 to $600,000.

Maritage surveyor Bob Bednar told officials he expects to return in April with a 25-lot development approval for Phase IV.

In other business

• Supervisors bought two trucks for the public works department Wednesday.

A heavy duty International will be bought from Hunter Truck Sales for $103,000. Money for the truck will be provided by the township's state liquid fuels tax reimbursement.

The vote was 4-0-1 to buy the truck, with Supervisor Matthew Sweeny abstaining, since he is a supervisor at Hunter, though not directly involved in the sale.

Supervisors also approved buying a mid-sized, Ford F-250 that can be used to plow snow, if necessary.

Cost through the state's CoStars program is nearly $26,300.

“We should be set with trucks now for the next 10 years,” said Supervisor Gary Risch.

• Risch will be in charge of overseeing repairs and maintenance at the township building.

Three windows need to be replaced, a new sidewalk is needed and repairs are needed for light fixtures and shrubbery.

• The township has applied for a $250,000 Greenway Grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to repave the Butler-Freeport Community Trail from Monroe Road to Freeport.

The township would provide $46,000 as part of a matching fund requirement.

Public works employees would provide grading work along the trail, should the grant come through.

• Patricia Burkhart and Denny Mrozinski were appointed to serve on the parks and recreation commission.

Burkhart is the head of the local Girl Scouts group. Mrozinski is a retired aerospace engineer.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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