Harford appoints new roadmaster

BY PAT FARNELLI

Harford Township supervisors appointed a new roadmaster at their Tuesday, Dec. 13, meeting, replacing retiring supervisor Terry VanGorden in this capacity.

Eric Allen has been a township employee and road crew member for some time, and a very good one, said the supervisors.

His employment as roadmaster will be effective Dec.19.

VanGorden submitted his resignation at the meeting, which was accepted with regret.

The supervisors approved the purchase of a 2012 Dodge Ram 5500 truck cab and chassis for approximately $41,000 from Hondru Fleet in Manheim.

Powell’s garage was awarded the bid to custom build the dump truck according to the township’s needs, for an additional $25,000.

VanGorden said that a Ford truck of that type is not available with standard shift.

The supervisors have applied for a bank loan for part of the money, and will use the gas lease account for the remainder.

“We hope to finance the truck and pay it off in two years,” said supervisor Garry Foltz.

The Stearns Road project is awaiting Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval for the next step. Two pipes have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for drainage, and they should be capable of handling an extreme situation, Foltz said.

No communications concerning the lawsuit have been received recently.

A 2012 budget for the township was proposed and made available for public inspection.

Cash on Hand as of Jan. 1 was budgeted as $140,000, including the gas lease money from 2010. Revenue was budgeted as $360,941; expenditures $357,264; cash on hand as ofDec. 31 2012$143,665. The revenue figure reflects a one mill raise in real estate tax for the township.

The state funds budget for 2012 has cash on hand, $73,400; revenue $180,846; and expenditure $196,500; and cash on hand Dec. 31, $143,665.

For the municipal sewer budget, cash on hand Jan. 1: $87,800; revenue $112,800; expenditures $154,606, leaving cash on hand Dec. 31, 2012at $45,994. A $3 per month per EDU raise in the sewer rates was approved by the supervisors.
Final consideration and approval of the budget will be made at a special meeting on Dec. 21.

Road agreements were received from Bluestone Gathering and Williams Pipeline. he supervisors will review them next. No action was taken at this time.

The supervisors approved a request from the county tax claim bureau to accept any bid they can negotiate on two properties that are no longer generating taxes. They have been up for tax sale twice without receiving a minimum bid.

A resident onTyler Lake Roadis complaining of standing water on the road, and would be willing to pay the township’s cost to get a pipe.

A driveway permit was received for a Cabot Oil & Gas well site onMiller Road. There has been no road agreement plan submitted to the township yet by Cabot.

Several visitors remarked on the roaring flared wells on the James Zick property next to the Mountain View school.