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Township starts road maintenance

| Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Township has begun its annual summer road maintenance.

Supervisors said this week that tarring and chipping has started.

Roads on this year's list to be tarred and chipped include all of West Laurel Circle, Aster Drive, Marigold Drive and Heimann Road in the Norvelt area; Acme Dam Road, Freeman Falls Road and Conn Overpass in the Acme area; and parts of Hecla.

Supervisor Jack Rutkowski said they had planned to do more roads this year, but some of the roads have been affected by the new sewage lines.

“Our intention was to do all of the roads in the sewage area this year, but we cannot, because the bonding company is still liable for the repairs,” Rutkowski said.

Areas of the township where roads are on hold include East Laurel Circle, Larkspur Circle, Calumet, as well as upper and lower United.

“We are possibly going to still try to chip those roads in the fall if the bonding company gets their repairs done,” Rutkowski said.

Supervisors approved bills from the general fund totaling $226,812.50. Supervisor Duane Hutter said the total included $90,000 for a cab and chassis for a new dump truck.

“We are updating our fleet,” Rutkowski said.

Hutter said the new truck will be based at the Middle Churches garage.

Supervisors voted to donate $250 to Jacobs Creek Area Faith In Action.

Hutter said this is an annual donation they make to the organization, which provides services that enhance the quality of life for residents 60 and older.

“It's a good program that helps out many of our elderly residents in the township,” Hutter said.

Rutkowski reminded residents that the township's next recycling date is Aug. 8.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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