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No tax increase in Donegal Township

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Millage will remain the same for taxpayers in Donegal Township in 2013.

Supervisors this week voted to keep the millage rate at 4.

Supervisors passed a balanced $646,112 tentative budget for 2013. The final budget will be voted on at the Dec. 10 meeting of supervisors.

Residents from Camp Run Road told supervisors they were concerned with the conditions of their road.

“Our main concern is the pot holes,” resident Rochelle Austin said. “They just seem to keep getting bigger and bigger. We were told that you do a spring maintenance and we were wondering about that.”

Supervisor Tom Stull assured the residents supervisors try to address all road issues in the township but with a small staff and more than 50 miles of roadway to maintain that not all work can be done at one time.

“We have 55 miles of road and we do what we can ” Stull said. “We don't have nine or 10 employees.”

Stull told the residents to contact supervisors when there is a problem and it will be addressed.

“We definitely have a few pot holes now,” Chris Chappell said. “They just seem to get bigger and bigger.”

Supervisors told the residents the excessive speed used on the road contributes to the problem.

“I've been up there working and people fly by me going 45 to 50,” Supervisor Dan Pribisco said of the road that has a 35 mph limit.

Residents also asked about parts of the road that have washed away.

“We just had five inches of rain,” Stull said. “We have water now in places that we have never had water before.”

Stull told the residents the issues would be addressed and rectified.

Supervisors reported that the CDBG grant application is in process for Ridge Road project.

Donegal Elementary School teacher Michele Buckles said teachers would be hosting a “McTeachers Night” at the Donegal McDonalds from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with the proceeds to benefit the school.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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