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Fallowfield Township agrees to multi-municipal economic plan

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Upon further review, the Fallowfield Township supervisors approved participation in a three-year, multi-municipal economic plan.

The township will pay $5,850 to join the program. Other communicates and their costs – based on population – are: Charleroi, $5,500; North Charleroi, $1,800; Speers, $1,500; and Twilight, $300.

Grants of $50,000 from the Local Share Account, $30,000 from the state and $5,000 from the Washington County Redevelopment Authority will be sought.

“I think we need to consider doing it,” Supervisor Wilbur Caldwell said before the vote. “This does not back us into an agreement with the Charleroi Regional Police Department. This is strictly economic development.”

Supervisor Earl Sadler initially made a motion to table the multi-municipal agreement, but Caldwell said that would end Fallowfield's involvement because of a deadline.

Bruce Smith, who won the Democratic nomination for supervisor in the May primary election, said the county planning commission is encouraging multi-municipal plans.

Resident Helen Sadler, wife of the supervisor, asked if the township would be required to pay more if the other grants are not approved. Caldwell said no, but did not elaborate on how the county would fund the remainder of the project.

Caldwell said the township could benefit from the joint municipal experience.

“We have to be open- minded enough to see where this goes and let's build on this,” Caldwell said.

Sadler then made a second motion, this time to accept the agreement. The supervisors approved it 2-1, with Olga Woodward voting no.

“I feel Fallowfield is a growing community and in my opinion, is better off to grow on our own,” Woodward said after the meeting.

“We have a lot of property that can be developed and that should be our priority. The residents I've spoken to want it to be kept a rural community.”

In a related matter, the supervisors agreed to retain Delta Development Group. Caldwell said the township plans to have the company develop a five-year plan for the township, and work on a plan to regulate the parks and recreation board.

The supervisors voted to take over Simko Boulevard Extension in phase II of the Alta Vista business park. Alta Drive in that section of the park is not yet ready for the township to take over.

In 2010, the township, took over Simko Boulevard and Vista Drive in the business park.

Meanwhile, township residents may see a decrease in their garbage fees starting in 2014.

The supervisors received just one bid for a waste contract, from current contractor Allied Waste. The bid was tabled for review by the solicitor.

But if the contract is approved, residents will realize a significant reduction in their bills. Currently, the rate is $37.84 per quarter for residents.

The new contract would reduce that rate to $33.60 in 2014, $34.26 in 2015 and $35.10 in 2016.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Accepted a $46,581 bid from Morgan Excavation to approve a water pipe beneath Eagle Street and pave the roadway.

• Appointed Frank Monack as code enforcement and zoning officer.

• Approved a motion to advertise for an electronic sign.

• Approved a motion to advertise for part-time road crew employees.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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