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Cook Township completes flood repairs

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By Peter Turcik
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Cook Township supervisors reported the completion of repairs caused by flood damage from storms in late August. Supervisor Richard Umbaugh estimated the cost of the repairs to be between $18,000 and $20,000, with the township performing the majority of the work.

Umbaugh also said the township required the work of outside contractors, costing $5,000, which Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. President Bob Fry noted was not bad considering the amount of work that needed to be done.

“All in all we fared out well,” Umbaugh commented. “No one was hurt, and no one was killed. That damage was repairable. We were very fortunate.”

In other news:

• The supervisors have been working to prepare the township for the winter months. These preparations have included seal coating township roads, mowing grass on township property, filling potholes, and clearing leaves. Umbaugh said salt for melting ice on the roads as already arrived at the municipal office, and ash for traction is on the way.

• The Cook Township Community Center will hold its annual Halloween parade beginning 2 p.m. Oct. 26. This event will include the parade, a party, followed by a luncheon. The supervisors also said trick-or-treating in the township is 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

Community center volunteer Pat Piper reported that a sub sale held by the center raised $1,800, and the center's annual turkey raffle will be held on 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

• The next meeting of the Cook Township Supervisors will be 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Cook Township Municipal Building, located at 1716 Route 711, in Stahlstown.

Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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