Harford looks at impact fee change


Harford Township supervisors were no sooner informed of the amount of their impact fee/Act 13 check when they were told that the amount was revised.

“First we were told we were going to get about $132,000,  and now it is down to $128,246.76,” supervisor Sue Furney said wryly.

The township has seen a surge of gas well drilling activity in recent months, and just received notification of a grant program for municipalities that are in the path of the Constitution pipeline, which is in progress in the Brooklyn Township area nearby.

The grant brochure was shared at the meeting, and will have two funding cycles that will be offered to communities, with deadlines March 15 and Sept. 30. Stronger consideration will be given to communities that are directly involved with the pipeline, the brochure said.

The supervisors have come up with a plan for the old green road signs that were removed when the new 911 requirements went into effect. Harford Township’s website will have a list of road signs available, and anyone interested may submit a cash bid in a sealed envelope with the name of the requested road sign on the outside..

The minimum bid accepted will be $5, and the sign will go to the highest bidder. Most roads have multiple signs, it was said. Funds generated will be donated to the Harford

Supervisor Garry Foltz said that most of the green signs are in decent condition. He said one of the Three Lakes Road signs has had bullet holes in it for years, but perhaps that enhances the rural character of the item. Envelopes will be accepted until the December meeting.

The supervisors noted that the Harford post office is among those that the United States Postal Service may close or reduce hours of operation.

Many of the residents of Harford Township have home delivery, and have New Milford or Kingsley addresses.

The recent cleanup was reported as having 36 pickup stops, and cost $2,783.79, with about $1,700 collected in fees from residents.

Laptops, TVs and computer monitors willsoon be prohibited from trash disposal, according topage 49 of the November issue of Township News, said Furney.

In “New business,” the Arnold subdivision was reviewed and signed with no exceptions or concerns from supervisors, and will next be returned to the Susquehanna County planning office.

Cabot Oil & Gas submitted a noise ordinance waiver request for the  DeLucia pad, asking for a six month noise waiver, said Foltz. “The request paper only is showing one horizontal, but there are three wells planned on that pad.”

Supervisors discussed the preliminary budget now in the works, and said that they “crunched numbers” at the last meeting.”We still need to make some adjustments, are showing some negative numbers,” Foltz said.

The road report was given by Foltz and Doug Phelps. Foltz commented, “I will say as supervisor that we are seeing this township going in a more positive way than ever.There are some real nice improvements in some areas,and we have to thank the gas companies for keeping their promises to fix roads when they are done.”

Foltz said that after wells are completed, the gas companies often regroom the roads when they are finally done.He noted that the open cut on Jeffers Road  was done that day.

He listed Grinnell, Miller, Stevens, and Plank roads as those which had just been graded. Williams Pipeline company will be coming into the township to start the Cabot pipeline soon.

Foltz said that Cabot had brought in about six tons of stone to help with road damage after the storm. Russell, Bartholomew, and Pennay Hill roads were severely damaged, with giant potholes, and will be worked on by the end of this week or early next week.

An ordinance needs to be drawn up regarding the flood plain, or residents will not be eligible for flood insurance, Furney said. The solicitor will be consulted.

Foltz said that an executive session would be held immediately after the meeting to discuss legal matters, the flooding, and applications for a new position in the township garage.

Eric Allen, roadmaster, had a doctor consultation on Oct. 30, due to his injuries sustained removing broken trees after a storm.

According to Foltz, Allen’s doctor said that he could be released to modified duty work. However, the township does not have modified work, so Foltz said that Allen can return to his roadmaster job when he is 100 percent ready and has doctor clearance.

Harford Township supervisors meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.