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By Miranda J. Startare
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

Carroll Township residents were warned Tuesday to avoid contact with wild animals, because several rabid raccoons had been discovered in the area.

A township resident expressed concern at a supervisors' meeting in the wake of an incident in which police removed a rabid raccoon from his front porch.

An officer shot that animal, and at least two other suspected rabid raccoons have been spotted in the past 10 days.

Police Chief Paul Brand called on residents to inform children of the dangers of approaching wild and stray animals.

Residents were encouraged to refrain from feeding stray cats and other animals, officials said.

Wildlife is attracted to areas where people feed strays, which can become infected with the rabies virus or other illnesses, because they are not vaccinated, they added.

Township officials will contact a game warden for assistance in dealing with the problem.

The supervisors said spring and summer paving projects are being planned. The township will seek bids for a paving project on Cemetery Road near Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Upgrades to the road, which is in poor condition, are expected to cost approximately $100,000.

Paving projects that will be undertaken by the township road crew will be determined in the coming weeks.

The supervisors will advertise for two or three part-time summer workers to help with grass cutting and street department tasks.

The board received a petition from Bill Lemonovich on behalf of Ripepi Plan residents. The residents asked the board to pave Balboa, Lewis and Clark roads, claiming they have not been repaved since being built in 1978.

Chairman Thomas Rapp said the board will consider the request, adding he could not promise work will take place this year.

“We do have other roads in much worse condition that need paved,” he noted.

In other business:

• The board approved an amendment to the Pipeline Easement and Right-of-Way Agreement between the township and M3 Appalachia Gathering LLC.

The amendment allows the drilling company to access 29 additional feet for its gas pipeline.

• The board received a letter from resident Maya Patch, thanking Brand and the ambulance crew that helped her husband, Ron, who was injured in a fall during the March 6 snowstorm.

• The township received $3,722.40 in past year overdue taxes collected by its former tax collection agency, the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Co.

Miranda J. Startare is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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