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Dunbar Township to reinstate burning days

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

Burning restrictions will be back in place soon in Dunbar Township.

John Tabaj, chairman of the supervisors, said the township will reinstate burning days.

Supervisor Ronald Keller made the motion to set burning days on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He added that fires must be put out before dark. It was noted that fire departments in the township have often had to go out to put out fires left burning. The motion was seconded by supervisor Keith Fordyce.

Tabaj also reminded residents that the weather has been dry and they should not leave their fires unattended.

The supervisors heard a complaint from township resident Stanley Tabaj about a runoff problem at the intersection of Franks and Robertson streets. Tabaj said water was running down the street onto his front stoop. He also complained that trees need to be trimmed along Franks Street.

Tabaj claimed the trees are on the township right of way. The claim was disputed by Keller.

“Are you going to wait until they fall on my house and you have a lawsuit?” Tabaj asked.

“If they fall, why cut them?” Keller replied.

In other actions, the supervisors:

• Passed a motion to hire two part-time workers for the summer.

• Announced that a spring cleanup day is scheduled for Thursday with the regular garbage pickup for Advanced Disposal customers only.

• Read a letter from Fayette County commissioners announcing a hard-to-recycle drop-off event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Items such as used motor oil, old tires, appliances and electronic items will be collected with a charge of $1 per old tire and $2 for appliances. An extra charge will also be made for some other items.

• Reported on the PA Cleanways cleanup.

• Heard a request from township resident Marigrace Butela to clean up the side of the highway through the township leading to Dunbar. Keller said the road belongs to the state. He said those interested in cleaning up along the road should contact PennDOT.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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