Tunkhannock Township supervisors revealed Monday they plan to take out at least a $1 million bond to pay for its share of the Faux Road bridge that spans the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek in Bardwell.
The township was awarded $1 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund by the Commonwealth Financing Authority last November to replace an iron grate bridge.
The township has been working with a consultant from Bassett Engineering to look at the total removal of the existing bridge and replacing it with a new, reinforced concrete bridge. The renovated bridge will have a full H-25 load rating with no weight restrictions.
In June, the supervisors said the new bridge would have no center pier, and its concrete structure would require less maintenance. It was also noted that the township probably would have to acquire additional land to be able to change the curve of the bridge.
The project overall has been estimated to cost around $2 million with the township looking for other sources of funding, but realizing it will likely have to make the call to come up with a significant portion of the costs.
Supervisors on Monday also gave a voice to using funds raised with the bond to pay for a salt shed they say is badly needed.
Supervisor Hoyt Keiser said interest rates are at record lows so this would be a good time to explore a bond. Pressed on the length of a bond’s indebtedness Keiser tossed out 10 or 15 years, suggesting that would be up to a bond counsel the township would have to hire and that person would advise what would be most appropriate for the township.
He said that hopes were to get the project moving on a schedule for winter so as to minimize interference with school bus traffic.
Supervisors also got a look at revised flood plain maps — dated Jan. 1, 2020 — which look at mostly tributaries of the Susquehanna River.
Secretary Judy Gingher said there would be a 90-day appeal process regarding the maps which are available in the township office.
Gingher also noted that the township recently received Act 13 gas impact fee monies in the amount of $117,667, which is down about $27,000 from the previous year.
She also spoke to the June 27 annual township cleanup day, noting there were 51 loads collected with a $1,192 deficit for the township.
Keiser said “It is better to have a deficit than have people throwing this stuff over the side of the road somewhere.”
Gingher spoke to a Dirt & Gravel Road grant application deadline of this Friday, July 10, and she wasn’t sure if she was looking in to whether she needed to re-apply for past projects sought.
From the assessor’s office, Gingher said the township had received a list of assessment changes for June, with 13 increased, five decreased and 15 staying the same.
Supervisors were also apprised of activity from the county planning commission, including Steve Shannon Tire & Auto, behind McDonalds; a Reidsma minor subdivision/DEP septic approval; and a Treible road subdivision proposed by Steve Borel on Treible Road.
A sign permit was okayed for Blossoming Stem Floral on Kim Avenue; and Mike Irish was granted a seller permit for an entity known as Now Industries LLC which would sell patriotic merchandise and be in the vicinity of Keystone Caps, east of the borough.
Gingher reported the self reporting for the 2020 census was now up to 66.3 percent in the township, with that municipality presently was leading the way in the county.
“I don’t know what we can do to increase involvement in the census, but we need to do it,” Keiser said or risk missing out on important funds down the road.