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Bond release requested for reclaimed strip mine in Burrell Township

| Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

Reclamation of a former strip mine is nearing completion in Burrell Township.

At their meeting Wednesday night, the township supervisors received a final report from Rosebud Mining Company for the Penn View Strip Mine. The site has been revegetated for five years and has been deemed capable of supporting any post-mine land use.

The mining company expressed its intent to seek a bond release for the 40.4-acre site, located on the properties of Herman Blakely, Cambria Land Corporation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The permit area was about two miles east of Blairsville, bounded on the north and east by Chestnut Ridge Road, south by Oaks Point Road, and west by Strangford Road.

An inspection to evaluate the reclamation work will be scheduled by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Burrell Township Library was a topic of discussion at the meeting, as the supervisors appointed Betty Cochran of Blairsville to serve a three-year term on the library's board of directors.

A long-time employee of St. Andrew's Village in Indiana and a volunteer at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Cochran noted she has grandchildren who love to read and she belongs to a monthly book club.

It was noted that there is still one vacancy left on the library board. The township's parks and recreation board is also seeking a member to fill its ranks.

Board member Helen Lichtenfels reported the library will hold a book sale the second week of April, for National Library Week, and a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4-6 p.m. April 12 at the United Methodist Church at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children.

She said the board will be sending fundraising letters out in March, and reported prizes were presented to third- and fourth-graders at Blairsville Elementary School who wrote about books they have read.

In other business, the supervisors entered into a contract with ARIN IU 28 for its 2013 drug and alcohol testing consortium. Through the agreement, two township employees and all three of the township supervisors will be subject to random drug testing

Supervisor Tony Distefano noted the contract should not include physicals because municipal drivers are exempt from that regulation. John Shields, supervisors chairman, pointed out that the township's drivers do undergo yearly physical exams, just not through ARIN.

Shields said the Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company will host the Lewis and Clark Circus July 15 for two shows, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free tickets for children will be available at several local stores prior to the circus date, while adult tickets purchased through the fire department will be $10. That cost will increase to $15 at the gate.

The fire department's monthly sub sales will begin March 2. The 18-inch cold cut subs will be sold at $8 each from 8:30 a.m. to noon in front of the Black Lick Post Office, and from 9 a.m. to noon in front of the Burrell Township Wal-Mart. Sub sales are also planned for those times and locations on the following dates: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

The next township meeting will be held March 20. The township office will be closed March 29 in observance of Good Friday.

Gina DelFavero is a staff writer for Trib total Media. She can be reached at 724-459-6100 ext. 2915 or gdelfavero@tribweb.com

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