Community Development Block Grant Tops Sandy Twp. Meeting

DUBOIS – Sandy Township will receive $134,101 for the 2015 fiscal year through the Community Development Block Grant.

CDBG funds are encouraged for use in projects and activities that benefit low- to medium-income, minority and handicapped residents within the municipality.

Sandy Township received a decrease of $398 this year.  The funds are planned to be used to continue waterline infrastructure improvements, according to the supervisors.

Also, the supervisors reported that the Camp Mountain Run Road culvert project has been postponed until next year due to manufacturing issues.  Barring any additional delays, the culvert will be installed in May of 2016.

The manufacturer has agreed to honor the existing bid cost, however.  Supervisor Mark Sullivan asked about the possibility of rebidding the project and only accepting the new bids if they are lower.

Solicitor Greg Kruk withheld comment, citing uncertainty involving all of the facts in the matter.  Engineer Perry Bowser and Manager Dave Monella stated that the price on this bid was good, and that there had only been a single bid.

They noted that a rebid on the project may not get any additional companies, may increase the cost and would require some of the permits to be redone.

In other business, DuFast made its annual funding request from Sandy Township.  This year its request from Sandy Township is $17,086.09.

This is a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to the supervisors.  Supervisor Andy Shenkle motioned to table the decision pending more discussion.

Shenkle said he was curious as to how much township residents used the DuFast service.  Supervisor Jim Jeffers wanted to wait for additional discussion until all the supervisors were present.

Supervisor Dave Sylvis was absent from the meeting.

Pending insurance review, the township is working on a ReLTEK license agreement to run a waterline under some rail lines.  The supervisors said that progress was made in the waterline connection to Johnson’s Subaru.

The supervisors voted to accept settlement so far as Wal-Mart’s successful appeal of the property assessment of the DuBois and Clearfield properties.  Clearfield County and the DuBois Area School Board had already accepted the settlement.

The fall clean-up was announced to be a success.  Monella stated it went well enough that two clean-ups will be considered for next year, as well.

The supervisors voted to file for an extension of KOEZ, Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone, status for properties between Wal-Mart and K-Mart.  This will only apply to properties that haven’t been utilized or developed under the 10-year tax free program.

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