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Mt. Pleasant Township completes road projects

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 1:22 a.m.

Two Mt. Pleasant Township road projects have been completed.

Supervisors reported this week that the Dutch Hill Road storm drain project paid for through Community Development Block Grant money was recently completed and the road reopened.

“”It turned out really fantastic,” Supervisor Jack Rutkowski said.

Slope Hill Road also has reopened after a two-day closure last week for work on the railroad crossing.

“We thank everyone for being patient during the two-day closure,” Board Chairman Frank Puskar said. “We also want to thank Hecla Volunteer Fire Department for spraying the new blacktop down with water to cool it down in time so the road could reopen in time for the school buses.”

Supervisors adopted a new subdivision and land development ordinance — the first since 1977. Secretary Caprice Mills explained that since the last ordinance was adopted, changes have been made to the municipality code and Department of Environmental Protection regulations of subdivisions. The new code brings the municipality's ordinance in line with those regulations, she said.

“There isn't much of a change. I think the verbiage in the updated ordinance makes things a lot more clear. There are less gray areas,” Puskar said.

In other business, supervisors granted final conditional approval to the Schaefer Plan, a personal subdivision located on Hecla Road.

Officials also paid bills from the general fund totaling $89,125.19, which included $17,000 for insurance, $9,000 for new tires for a high lift and $20,000 for bridge inspection. Mills said the municipality will be reimbursed for 80 percent of the cost of the inspections by PennDOT.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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