May 22, 2013
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Road repair in Susquehanna Borough was the hot topic at this week’s Borough meeting. On Wednesday May 15th, the board members met to discuss some of the projects taking place in town. The street projects were brought to attention by the Treasurer’s report, which called for some numbers to be submitted by the next meeting in June for the upcoming street projects. Leftover money from a project completed on Elm Street may be designated towards beautifying the Welcome to Susquehanna signs located in town. The sign on West Main Street may be moved a bit farther down and there are ideas circulating about planting on Elm Street as well. The sidewalk project that was bid on May 3rd for Broad Avenue was started this week and things are progressing toward finishing the project.
Among the many motions passed during the DPW Committee Report, one that will help alleviate the aggravations with the potholes in town is particularly interesting. A famed “pothole machine,” from a company can be rented out to the Borough for a week’s worth of road repair. Borough workers will be trained to use the machine and it is rumored to keep potholes at bay for at least five to seven years.
The public meeting of the Harford Township Supervisors on May 14th took barely an hour, and so far at least they haven’t scheduled any more meetings for the month. For Supervisor and Township Secretary Sue Furney that works out well. Ms. Furney is satisfied with the part-time hours she already serves, but Supervisor Garry Foltz wants the office phones covered for more hours, so the township is looking to provide her with an assistant. Thus, although the public meeting lasted only an hour, Supervisor Doug Phelps asked for a following executive session to discuss that, as well as sewer delinquencies.
It’s not clear why a discussion of properties with liens for unpaid sewer fees should be secret. The township has liens on 7 deadbeats, and when the township threatened to “execute” the liens and take the properties to sheriff’s sale, all of them came up with some money. Two of them paid arrears in full; the other 5 have at least paid something. Mr. Foltz wants to know why the sewer system can’t get all the money it is owed, but Ms. Furney said she has been working closely with the township’s solicitor on the matter.
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