By Ken Askew
A question about garbage inequities opened the March 12, 2012 meeting of the South Park Board of Supervisors. A resident compared his two-small-bags weekly output of garbage to that of his neighbor’s, who put out multiple cans plus other trash, and also a few who sometimes put out questionable construction materials (which are subject to restrictions).
He observed the wide disparity in quantity, yet they all pay the same amount. A short discussion ensued about other cities that sell residents approved garbage bags; the more bags you need/use, the more bags you must buy. No immediate resolution was achieved.
Bids had been invited for the sale of a confiscated 1997 Lincoln Continental; the accepted high bid was $722.20.
Bids from Youngblood Paving were selected to conduct both the 2012 Roads Program, and the 2012 Seal Coating of Township Streets Program.
A bid of $156,610 was chosen for award of the 2012 Township-wide Sanitary Sewer Program.
Benchmark Engineering was given approval (at a not-to-exceed cost of $4,450) to prepare bid documents for the advertisement of shingle roof replacements throughout the municipal complex.
Bids will be advertised for the sale of two parcels: Lot/Block No. 1009-B-283 and Lot/Block No. 1009-B-299. Bids are due April 29, 2012; minimum bid is $2K.
Owners of the Barati property on Wilson Road had been given a 60-day extension in January 2012 to clean up their land and repair their buildings, or else have it be declared a public nuisance. Each of the supervisors, the police, and the code enforcement officer made independent observations of the property on three different random occasions. They cumulatively reported seeing a ladder on the roof (presumably to make repairs) and that some trees and bushes had been cleared, many “No Trespassing” signs had been posted, and a dumpster had been filled. Nevertheless, the efforts did not pass muster, so the property has officially been declared a public nuisance, paving the way for further legal action by the township.
The supervisors approved a redevelopment proposal and area plan for the “Bingo Lots” Redevelopment Project. For background on this project, please refer to this column as published in the January 2012 issue of the Union-Finley Messenger.
Effective May 3, 2012, Police Chief Joseph F. Ferrelli will retire.
A training request in the amount of $468 was approved for Officers Leonetti, Andronas, Booth, and Indof to attend the Colt Rifle AR-15 Armorer’s School.
Cassandra Graham was hired as a part-time library page at a rate of $7.25/hour, effective March 5, 2012.
The supervisors expressed their appreciation for the years of service by Police Chief Ferrelli and to Township Manager Karen Fosbaugh for her lead in negotiating the new three-year contracts with the police and administrative personnel.
Eight deer were reported killed by vehicles in the past month.
Residents were asked to assist in apprehending anyone catching and keeping more than the state daily limit of fish in local creeks and streams. If anyone sees this happening, they are asked to photograph the person’s vehicle license plate and submit it to the South Park Police.