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Burrell Township supervisors award contracts for road materials

| Friday, March 28, 2014, 2:09 p.m.

Continued cold weather may have most people doubting spring's arrival, but the Burrell Township supervisors moved ahead with plans for spring road improvements by approving several bids for road materials at their March 19 meeting.

Supervisors Larry Henry and Tony Distefano awarded all stone bids to Hanson Aggregates of Torrance, road oil bids to Suite-Kote of Meadville, an asphalt bid to Derry Construction Co. of Derry, and the salt bid to American Rock Salt Co. of Mount Morris, N.Y. Supervisor John Shields was absent.

Hauling of the paving materials will be handled by Davis Trucking of Blairsville. Although Hanson Aggregates was not the low bidder on the majority of the stone, hauling the material from the local site will cost much less, offsetting the company's slightly higher bids, Distefano noted.

The supervisors agreed to purchase patching material from Heilman Pavement Specialties of Sarver, which DiStefano stated has a superior product to others the township have tried. The supervisors rejected the other bids for patching materials in order to purchase from Heilman through COSTARS, the state's cooperative purchasing program.

Under new business, the supervisors voted to reinstate a weight limit on Lintner Road after several incidents with trucks hitting the curb and destroying the road berms. Penelec had to go as far as moving a telephone pole that had been hit numerous times.

The weight limit had been removed as part of a land development agreement with the Sheetz store that was built at the corner of Corporate Campus Drive and Rt. 22 — where an access road from Lintner Road to the store was incorporated. The supervisors had agreed to give the store unlimited access to Lintner Road. But, Distefano said, “It's not working.”.

The supervisors agreed to have 10-ton weight limit signage reinstated and to contact PennDOT to have signs posted to alert eastbound traffic on Rt. 22. They will ask state police to enforce the weight limit.

“It was never really our intent for trucks use that as a primary entrance,” Henry said.

Because of the destruction caused by the trucks, Henry said Sheetz didn't have a problem with the weight limit being reinstated.

The supervisors set April 25-27 as the dates for the spring clean-up, with hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Fees for disposal of tires and appliances will be announced at the April 16 meeting. The clean-up will be open to township residents for household items only, and loads will be inspected.

Henry said the township filled about 11 Dumpsters at last year's clean-up. Township workers remove all scrap metal from the debris, which is sold to help offset the cost of the trash removal, he added.

A request was granted from the Black Lick Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary to close Park Drive and Grant Street surrounding the Black Lick Fire Hall from 1 to 8 p.m. June 7 for a pistol bash that day.

The supervisors received a notice that Rosebud Mining Co. plans to begin blasting at its Smith No. 51 Mine, located on state Game Commission land within the township. Blasting will take place between 8 a.m. and noon, noon and 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. and dusk Monday through Saturday from March 28 through March of next year. A warning signal will be sounded at least a minute before each detonation, reaching a half-mile radius around the mine, followed by an all-clear signal once each blast is complete.

The next township meeting will be held 7 p.m. April 16 at the township building.

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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