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Donegal Township awards bids for road materials

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Donegal Township supervisors this week awarded stone and seal-coat bids to New Enterprise Inc. of New Enterprise in preparation for upcoming roadwork.

The township will receive 75,000 square yards of seal coat and varying amounts of various types and sizes of stone.

“We got more this year because we have more money,” Supervisor Tom Stull said of the bid amounts. “We have money that we received from the Act 13 gas well money that we will put back into the roads.”

Supervisors agreed to advertise for truck rental for the upcoming year, asking for bids based on 100 hours.

“We do this every year,” Stull said, adding that the trucks will be used for hauling materials to road projects.

Supervisors decided to purchase a roller for road work for $11,400.

“We have been looking for a used roller for a while,” Stull said of the Caterpillar CB 224 they plan to purchase.

Supervisors also hope to purchase an excavator.

“We were looking at purchasing one versus renting one,” Stull said. “We pay $3,000 a month to rent one, and we located one under the state contract for $48,000.”

The board agreed to look into the excavator purchase while studying other prices for a similar machine. If a purchase is decided upon, it would be financed at 3 percent for five years, they said.

Supervisor Dan Pribisco announced that Chestnut Ridge Fire Department is stressing the importance of address numbers on houses in the township.

“If you have your number on a mailbox post with other ones, then they still do not know what house you live in,” Pribisco said of 911 responders. “You have to have the sign on your house.”

Stull added that a law was passed in 2005 requiring addresses to be posted on all homes for 911 location purposes.

“We don't want to fine anyone or anything. We just want them to put the signs on their houses,” Stull said. “It's really for their own safety.”

Addressing complaints about the conditions of Schoolhouse, Mountain View and Thompson roads, supervisors said those will be studied and the problems addressed.

The township will sponsor spring Dumpster days on April 25, 26 and 27.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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