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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Road conditions commended, future projects discussed in Genesee Twp.

By Sharon Corderman

Roads were once again a primary topic at the July meeting of the Genesee Township supervisors, with a resident who complained about the condition of the dirt roads during the June meeting returning to commend the roadmaster for the work done on the French/Rooney Road and thank the supervisors for approving the purchase of the gravel applied to the roads in recent weeks. The resident went on to say he thinks a long-term plan should be put together for similar investments on all the roads, with board chair Scot Miller agreeing and noting that a comprehensive plan will be forthcoming. “Roads and safety are our primary responsibility,” said Miller. “That’s what we do.”

Following some discussion about road materials, Supervisor Dann Thompson made a motion to purchase the gravel to be used on the high-traffic roads from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. in Alfred, N.Y. and continue making product from the leased gravel pit for all other uses. Based on an approximate cost of $10 per ton to screen and haul gravel from the pit, Thompson said it would be more cost-effective to pay $13.25 per ton, delivered, for better quality material from Alfred. The motion passed unanimously.

The budgeted amount for road materials is $15,500 but supervisors had voted at the June meeting to buy $25,000 of gravel from New Enterprise, saying it has been “a long time” since such a purchase was made. That gravel was delivered and spread on the roads during June.

Roadmaster Colby Cooney noted in his report that three sections of road were treated during the past month with dust-supression emulsion from Suit-Kote. He also reported that patches were placed on the paved roads and 560 tons of DSA (Driving Surface Aggregate) supplied by PennDOT were applied to roads. Cooney also noted that a June 14 inspection of the flood control retaining wall by the Army Corps of Engineers resulted in an A rating.

It was also reported that Genesee Township has been awarded two Dirt and Gravel Road grants through the Potter County Conservation District, one for Cemetery Road in the amount of $75,000 and the other for Kinney Road for $45,000. Miller noted that Genesee Township is the only municipality receiving funds for two projects in 2018 and said Cooney should be commended for his work in obtaining those grants.

Secretary Kristine Smith reported that the grant program for municipal bridge projects is open from June 16 through Sept. 17 and awards up to $40,000 for project materials. Genesee Township will be applying for this grant to use toward the Whitney Hill bridge project, which will be done in 2018.

In other business, supervisors:
• voted to commit $1,000 toward the start-up of the EMS initiative for a new class program offered at Seneca Highlands;
• tabled action on Act 172, which authorizes municipalities to grant fire and emergency medical service volunteers certain credits toward local taxes, so that supervisors would have an opportunity to read the information;
• reported that approval was received for county aid sluice pipe purchase request in the amount of $2,609;
• approved a request to PennDOT for an engineering study to be done for a stretch of Route 449 near Whitney Hill Road, concerning a reduction in the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph; and
• chose 12 street lights to change over to LED, which is anticipated to reduce electric costs.

The next meeting of township supervisors will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. A public meeting regarding the Agricultural Security Area will be held that same date and location, beginning at 6 p.m.

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