LEEPER - Farmington Township supervisors agreed with about 10 people who attended the board of supervisor’s Oct. 7 meeting – Roundtown Drive needs some work.
“Roundtown Drive has not gotten the attention some of the other roads have this year,” said board of supervisors chair Matt Sherbine. “For a few years there, Roundtown got a lot of attention, but being a small township means small dollars.”
Several of the residents addressed the board, citing potholes, narrow widths, poor drainage and even a frequently speeding red Dodge truck as problems along the road.
Road master Bill Hollis said the township road crew is doing the best they can with the road given budget constraints and other road needs throughout the township.
Hollis said part of the problem along Roundtown Drive is overhanging trees which prevent sunlight from reaching the road surface to either help melt snow and ice in the winter and dry moisture in the summer.
“Our finances don’t allow us to do half of what we’d like to do,” added supervisor Chuck Gilbert. “We have to go with the neediest roads first – but we’ll get out there and do a road assessment as soon as we can.”
Sherbine also explained the township does tend to focus on its paved roads first.
“We have to keep up with the black-topped roads because we can’t afford to repave them,” said Sherbine. “We sometimes have do some things before others so a road doesn’t totally fall apart.”
Another resident of Roundtown Drive told the board of supervisors of two concrete “pillars” at the end of one camp driveway that protrude nearly onto the roadway.
“Two vehicles can’t pass there,” said the man.
Sherbine said the road crew could check to see if the pillars are in the township’s right of way and if so, the owner might have to remove them.
“If the township goes out and clears its right of ways, there will be a lot of (upset) people,” said township resident and former road crew worker Scott Sauerland.
“Then it’s time to (upset) some people,” replied the man.
Sherbine told the gathering the board and road crew will “go out and have a look see” and plan accordingly for the upcoming year’s budget and road plans.
A resident of Pine Hollow Road said he is having a problem with a neighbor’s dog, noting the dog barks all day while the owner is at work.
Sherbine said he was not sure what, if anything, the township can do about the problem, but added the township’s nuisance ordinance might provide some resolution.
“We’ll take a look at it,” said Sherbine.
In other business, supervisors Sherbine, Gilbert and Dave Crise:
- Set trick-or-treat hours for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Residents participating in the event are asked to turn their porch lights on.
Supervisors asked trick-or-treaters to respect the wishes of residents who do not have their porch lights on.
- Approved the $4,145 purchase of a materials spreader for the township trucks from Seigworth Road Supply.
- Agreed to apply for $27,000 in county aid to be used for tree trimming.
- Noted there has been no update from township legal counsel Christy Logue concerning her research into handling nuisance properties with potentially dangerous buildings.
“I really don’t want to spend money tearing down houses that we could use to fix the roads,” Sherbine said of possibly using the ordinance to have the houses torn down.
“Yes, but we don’t want a town full of rats, either,” added Gilbert.
- Reported no word from Pennsylvania-American Water Co. concerning its interest in purchasing the township’s water and/or sewerage collection and treatment system.