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Officials consider offer of bridge for emergency use in Penn Twp.

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:38 p.m.

Penn Township officials are pondering a developer's offer to donate a 30-foot steel bridge that would be used to provide emergency vehicles access across a creek to the skate park in Municipal Park.

If officials were to accept the bridge, they might have to reserve an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 for engineering work related to its installation, Commissioner Larry Harrison said.

Harrison broached the topic for a discussion during the Penn Township Recreation Commission's meeting on Sept. 26, but the recreation board declined to make a recommendation to township commissioners.

“It's not in (the commissioners') proposed budget at this point,” Harrison said.

The bridge likely will be a topic at the commissioners' Oct. 16 caucus meeting as they begin to prepare for passing a preliminary budget for 2014 in November.

Rec board members Kirk Farbacher and Phil Kochasic said they want to know the cost to build a foot bridge over the creek before they would consider recommending how the commissioners should proceed.

Ray Snoznik, the developer of The Village at Stonegate housing plan, is offering to donate the bridge. Besides engineering costs, the township would be responsible for paying any fees to the state Department of Environmental Protection related to the bridge installation.

Snoznik did not return a message requesting comment about the proposed donation.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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