Harford to receive more impact fee funds

BY PAT FARNELLI

Harford Township will receive a much larger amount of Act 13 Impact Fee money this year, it was noted at the township meeting on Tuesday, June 10.

Impact fee monies had not yet been received as of the Tuesday, June 10 township meeting but Supervisor and secretary Sue Furney reported that the Act 13 money based on last year’s gas extraction activity amounted to $382,325, roughly three times what the township received from 2012.
Municipalities are expected to receive the Impact Fee funds by July 1.

Visitor Gary Foltz suggested paving some township roads with the impact funding.

The annual cleanup was discussed. More than 60 residents put out junk for pick up during this year’s event. Last year’s event, while not breaking even, did generate $2500 in scrap metal income but the dumpster cost the township $3,000.

This year, dumpsters were provided at no cost to the township by Diaz Disposal the only the hauling/tipping fee had to be paid, so the cleanup cost should be less this year than in past years.

Resident Fred Grasso commented, “It’s a great benefit, speaking as one who lives in town, to get rid of stuff you can’t get rid of any other way.”
The old Ford 550 truck is in the process of being scrapped after the supervisors voted to sell the engine and other parts to a neighboring township.

In other business, the supervisors hired Wayne Frederici as a part-time employee. Frederici has previously worked for the township as a temporary employee during the annual cleanup.

Bids were opened for several road materials. The supervisors accepted the bids from Eastern Industries for 500 ton of 2B stone, at $13.20 per ton or $13.35 per ton to the job site.

Eastern Industries also had the low bid on DSA (driving surface aggregate. Supervisor Conrad Owens said that Northwestern Road had recently been finished with that material, if anyone wanted to see how it looks.
Road work was underway before June 1, supervisors said.

Foltz compiled a list of 20 township roads that have been reworked partially or completely by the gas companies, their subcontractors, or outside contractors. He stated that this amounted to more than half of the township’s roads that had been done by others.

Grasso said that while the roads have been worked and built up by the gas companies, the trees haven’t been trimmed in about seven years, so branches are at windshield level in many spots.

Before last month’s meeting, Engineer David Klepadlo was contacted for advice on the township’s need for sewer pumps. Benton/Nicholson Sewer Authority has offered to sell the township five new hydromatic pumps. These pumps are used in several difficult places in the sewer system, and are no longer being manufactured. The supervisors voted to purchase five hydromatic pumps and six E1 pumps for replacement purposes.