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By Miranda Startare
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

This winter's snow and bitter cold have led to a road salt shortage in Carroll Township.

During Tuesday's monthly business meeting, the township supervisors heard from streets department employee Dave Barkey.

“We've never been this low in 35 years,” Barkey said of the salt supply.

He said they are still waiting for delivery of two orders of salt that were placed last month. In the meantime, Barkey said crews will be conserving their current stock until those shipments arrive.

Barkey said road employees will only be treating necessary township roadways – hills, bends, and intersections.

“We won't be doing flat roads,” Barkey said.

In other business, the supervisors said they are still waiting to hear the recommendations of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors regarding specifications for a township gas/oil ordinance.

According to township Solicitor Herman Bigi, the legal department from the state association is creating a “working model” for ordinances related to gas/oil drilling. The specifications can then be added to township ordinances.

The supervisors spent a year developing a gas/oil ordinance, but it has not yet been enacted into township law.

The ordinance will allow township officials to control gas and oil company drilling locations within its boundaries – preventing them from drilling in residential areas.

The township is going to take a “hard line on this,” Bigi said.

The supervisors will incorporate the state recommendations into their ordinance before making it official.

Miranda Startare is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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