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Fire Hydrant Delay
June 27, 2014- Jim Grant
BROCKWAY- For months the Snyder Township Supervisors have planned with the Brockway Municipal Water Authority to install a fire hydrant on the Luke property in Crenshaw. Recently, a great opportunity came along when a water line leak showed up in the area and the line had to be uncovered. The workers began to place the hydrant but were stopped by the property owner.

Although the actual installation would have taken place on the authority’s own right of way, the installation was stopped, and another planning meeting will be arranged within the next week or so to find an acceptable site within that neighborhood. It is expected that homeowners within 1,000 feet of the hydrant will realize a sizable reduction in their homeowner’s insurance rates.

There is also some concern with road conditions on Siple and Mt. Daniels Roads due to the heavy truck traffic with the Flatirons gas-well drilling in that area. The roads are bonded by Flatirons and BWP timbering and the rules call for the roads to be maintained in good shape. The question involves how extensive this maintenance must be to satisfy the township and the people living in the area.

Several visitors commented on unsightly conditions on the former Gillung property along Route 219 near the Elk County Line; another property near the end of Varischetti Road in Steeltown; and one on Mount Vista where mowing was needed. It was noted that none of these are considered a problem for the township unless someone submits a written complaint. Then the code officer will investigate and action may follow.

Compliments have been expressed for the volunteer work being done by M & K Landscaping in cleaning up and maintaining the conditions at the Haffner Cemetery along Bond Street Extension.

In other business, it was reported that the Marcellus gas tax reimbursement for 2014 in the amount of $27,933.24 was received by direct deposit. There will be a motorcycle bike run on Saturday, June 28 for the benefit of Trooper Wilson, leaving Brockway at noon and returning about 3:00 p.m. after passing through Punxsutawney and points south. A large turnout is expected that day.

The next meeting of the Snyder Township Supervisors will be on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Building along Route 28 on the hill west of Brockway. 

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