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Donegal Township to focus on road maintenance

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The Donegal Township board of supervisors put out road maintenance bids for the upcoming season in an effort to purchase more road materials than in previous years to concentrate on keeping the roads in shape.

Bidding will be accepted for a variety of stone types, including: 2,000-ton 2A, 1,000-ton 2RC, 1,000-ton 2A, 1,000-ton No. 3, 1,000-ton No. 57 and 500-ton No. 67.

The supervisors will also be accepting bids for 75 yards of seal coat, up from the 50 yards the township purchased in 2012.

The supervisors are also purchasing additional quantities of 2A and No. 57 stone using Act 13 money, generated from impact fees from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling.

“We got $89,000 in December,” said Supervisor Tom Stull. “Actually, we are going to be doing a bit more (road work).”

Stull added the township will be receiving an additional $82,000 in Act 13 funding this summer.

“That too will be used mainly for road materials because we want to do as much as we can while we can,” Stull said. “We may put a little of it towards paying off one of the trucks, but we will be using most of it for the materials.”

Stull asked for the township residents' patience during the road maintenance periods. The township will also be conducting tree trimming in certain areas, he said.

The supervisors set the township's spring Dumpster days for April 25 to 27.

“This is for items that you can't put out for the garbage,” Stull said.

No electronic items can be brought to the Dumpster days, he added.

In previous years, the spring Dumpster days were held for an entire week, but the supervisors decided to cut it back to three days.

“It's been dropping off the last couple years and we noticed that we might only get a couple cars coming in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so we thought we would just try having it for the last three days,” Stull said.

Items are free to drop off except for tires. Those that bring more than four regular tires or large tires will be charged.

The supervisors agreed to a 2013-14 contract through the state's COSTARS program for 200 tons of road salt. The contract calls for a commitment to purchase at least 120 tons.

“Over the last three weeks, we got two loads (of salt) each week ... so we are good,” Stull said.

The supervisors also agreed to look into acquiring an excavator that will be used for digging ditches and other road work.

“We are looking into leasing versus buying,” Stull said.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.