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Sandy approves budget
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
DUBOIS - At last night's Sandy Township Board of Supervisors and Municipal Authority meetings, supervisors approved the 2013 budgets.
The municipal authority budget of $2,441,500 consists of water, $1,769,000, and sewer, $672,500.
The total budget for the township, $8,309,040, includes the following: liquid fuels, $952,140; Mountain Run turnback, $1,100,500; general fund, $3,814,900; and the municipal authority, $2,441,500.
Chairman Brady LaBorde said that Township Manager Dick Castonguay had to adjust the budget, since it was published, due to the township receiving its Marcellus shale check of approximately $78,000. Castonguay recommended lowering the property millage rate by half a mill. The township's millage for 2013 will be 15 mills.
Falls Creek Municipal Authority has asked the township municipal authority to consider an interconnection of water from Slab Run to the hydrant near Pine Inn restaurant, which is estimated at 1,000 feet.
In the letter from the Falls Creek authority, it noted the state Department of Environmental Protection requires a second water source for Falls Creek in the event of an emergency; the borough's reservoir is contaminated. Falls Creek uses approximately 150,000 gallons of water per day.
LaBorde said, "It's just a matter of running a fire hose from our hydrant to their hydrant in an emergency situation."
The supervisors approved exchanging information with Falls Creek so they can start discussing an agreement.
Solicitor Greg Kruk discussed the zoning amendment change for the Metaltech property, and the James Doan Sr. and Pittsburgh and Shawnutt property. Kruk said he drafted two ordinances and separated the two issues. He noted that he had some questions about the Doan and railroad properties, so he just moved forward with Metaltech.
Kruk said he provided a draft to the zoning officer and planning commission, and the planning commission, township and county will have 30 days to comment to the supervisors.
There will then be a public hearing before the decision is final.
The new Comcast TV franchise contract has been negotiated, according to Kruk. Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the new contract will take effect, and it is for 10 years with a 5 percent franchise fee. Kruk said the contract is ready for ordinance (3-2012), and then will just need signed by LaBorde.
A bid was awarded for the Slab Run/Central Christian Road/Adrian waterline interconnect. There were four bids received, and Catalone Pipe & Supply Co. of Penfield was approved at $78,919.10.
LaBorde reminded residents about the upcoming Highland Street Extension injection well hearing Dec. 10. "I'm encouraging as many people who can to attend this meeting that will be at the Brady Township Community Center at 7 p.m." He added that the Environmental Protection Agency will be accepting testimony, and he will be testifying for Sandy Township.
In other business:
  • supervisors approved scheduling a public hearing at the next meeting for a lot consolidation for Patricia Kinger of Treasure Lake.
  • it was noted the township received a letter from Zito Media that announced an increase in rates for its customers.

Kruk said that he sent a letter to Clearfield County Commissioners' solicitor regarding a tax exemption for certain lots in Treasure Lake, which are owned by the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association.
Absent from the meeting were Castonguay, Vice Chairman Jim Jeffers and Engineer Perry Bowser.
An executive session was held after the supervisors' meeting to discuss legal matters.
Sandy Township's next board of supervisors and municipal authority meeting will be held Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.

 


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