Buffalo to put impact fee proceeds into general fund

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 12:57 a.m.

Buffalo Township supervisors will be putting the $59,590 Marcellus Shale/Act 13 impact fee into the general fund.

Supervisors voted 5-0 on Wednesday night to use the money for current expenses.

Chairman John Haven told residents that there are about 20 approved uses for impact fees coming back to municipalities under the new natural gas drilling-related law.

Township officials are discouraged that money from Berkheimer & Associates, the new income tax collector for Butler County municipalities, is sending the township its money too slowly.

Supervisors said a budget workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday in the township building.

In other business

• A traffic signal will be coming to the township.

Supervisors will send PennDOT a letter of agreement to have the state install a traffic light for those exiting the Route 28 expressway northbound at Exit 17.

There already is a traffic signal on the other side of the exit to service southbound traffic.

PennDOT will handle the installation and has signed off on a recent traffic study paid for by the state.

The traffic signal will consist of light emitting diode (LED) lights and state officials will try to sequence the new traffic signal with the one already established about 200 feet away.

The township will be responsible for maintenance and paying for the electricity — about $9 per month.

No date to install the traffic signal has been determined.

• The traffic signal at the corner of Route 356 and Sarver Road was damaged by a truck in a hit-and-run incident on Tuesday.

The township's public works department will see if the traffic signal poles can be reinstalled farther away from the road to save Buffalo Township maintenance costs.

The truck reportedly left the scene before nearby motorists could get a license plate number. Officials ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call Buffalo Township police at 724-295-9500.

• PennDOT will turn over property to Buffalo Township where a ramp for the original Freeport Bridge once existed.

The area, consisting of about 200 feet between the new bridge exit connecting with Freeport Road toward the new Laneville bridge, will be used for a parking area for residents using the Butler-Freeport Trail.

No money was transacted between the state and the township, and PennDOT agreed to excavate the land for the parking lot.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding this story can be sent to (724) 226-4666 or vndcity@tribweb.com.

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