Tunkhannock Township supervisors on Monday night (Oct. 5) acknowledged they are taking the next steps in doing prep work for rebuilding the Fox Road Bridge in the Bardwell area.
Supervisor Hoyt Keiser said the initial drilling tests would start next week and last a couple of weeks. Representatives of the township had a virtual meeting on Sept. 14 with PennDOT and Bassett Engineering regarding next steps in the bridge-building process.
At a specially called township meeting on Sep. 21, supervisors acknowledged they would need to purchase a small portion of property (about a quarter acre) to straighten out the sharp curve that approaches the present bridge. At that meeting they decided to enlist the services of realtor Donna LaBar to come up with an appraisal for the purchase.
They also acknowledge that while geo-testing was underway, they would likely need to enlist the support of construction signs and two flaggers. And it should take about one week to complete the testing.
Secretary Judy Gingher announce the final application for PEMA/FEMA flood money for damage at Lazybrook Park was completed as of Sept. 29. She said the township had received FEMA’s share, or 75 percent, of $28,000 and was awaiting PEMA’s share which is 25 percent.
She noted that the township had received notice from NE Marcellus Aqua Midstream that in its application for a Susquehanna River Basin Commission application on property owned by Mark Tunkhannock, it was proposing an additional temporary intake structure to the permanent one already on the books. The application noted there would be “No changes to the quantity limits are requested.”
Tunkhannock Township also received notice from Overfield Township that it would be closing its side of Timber Lane, while a drainage pipe was being replaced.
Supervisor Randy White announced that the township’s police had been in conversation with Overfield Township regarding possibly providing coverage to Overfield Township, but noted it was in a preliminary stage and the supervisors have not been involved in the conversation.
The supervisors and secretary Gingher are planning a budget workshop on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the township building, to begin preliminary work on the 2021 budget.