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Township May Burn Cemetery Hill House

March 28, 2014
BROCKWAY- At their regular March meeting, the Snyder Township supervisors continued with the next steps in cleaning up the Lees’ property on Cemetery Hill which was found to contain a meth lab last September. A letter was sent by Solicitor Ross Ferraro to the current owner Amy Summers detailing the township’s intention to have a controlled burn of the house in no other action has taken place by May 1, 2014. She has requested an appeal of this action since a fire would destroy the foundation as well as the building.

To have an appeal, it was necessary to establish a Township Board of Appeals composed of three township residents with two others on standby. The three members were sworn into office by Solicitor Ferraro with Ernie Inzana serving a 1-year term; Ron Freemer for 2 years; and Scott Keith for 3 years. The Board of Appeals will convene at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 to hear the appeal on the Lees’ house.

If nothing else happens, the township will move forward to have the house tested for asbestos and, have it removed if any is found. All appliances and carpeting must be removed. Then the Brockway Volunteer Fire Company will be free to use the site for a training exercise.

Bids were opened for limestone with the following results accepted from New Enterprise Stone & Lime: 2,500 tons of #8 (1B) @ $18.25 per ton, and 50 tons of rip-rap @ $19.15 per ton. Also accepted bids from the Woodland Equipment & Supply: 1,500 tons of 2A stone @ $14.25 per ton, and 2,500 tons of 2B stone @ $17.85 per ton. All bids were accepted subject to review and approval by Solicitor Ferraro. 

It was decided to advertise for bids on 20,000 gallons of MC70 road oil and 8,000 gallons of E3 oil to be received and opened at the April meeting; along with bids for 3,766 tons of superpave wearing course about 2 inches thick to be used for sealing on Galusha Road, Longwell Road, and some other areas of the Patch in Crenshaw. Approval was given for the township to negotiate a short-term loan from S & T Bank until a PIB (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank) Loan is approved.

The supervisors approved payment of $500.00 into the Jefferson County Scholarship Fund which will lead to an offer by the Jefferson County Township Officers Association to a 2014 high school graduate who lives in the county, and who is enrolled in a college, university, or trade school for this fall. It is also required that the applicant must have attended their township’s meeting at least once during the year. The application for scholarship can be found at www.snydertwp.com .

Russell Clark and Mary Rasenberg attended the meeting to request help with a ditch problem at their recreational property in the middle of Crenshaw. The township code office will check the situation to determine the problem and it may be a civil matter involving their neighborhood. There was also a discussion about hauling shale to a private property off Galusha Road without bonding the road. To be legal, the farm owner must abide by the posted 10-ton limit.

Candidates Paul Corbin and Chris Dush attended this meeting to speak for their candidacy for the seat in the PA House of Representatives for the 66th District, currently held by Sam Smith.

The next meeting of the Snyder Township Supervisors will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Building along Route 28 on the hill west of Brockway. 

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