Washington OKs budget, hears property complaints
By Ryan S. Pugh
CLARION NEWS Writer
The Washington Township Board of Supervisors Nov. 11 approved advertising the township's preliminary budget for 2022.
The tentative budget for 2022 is balanced expected expenditures and revenues to both total $970,448. In addition, the supervisors agreed there will be no tax hike in the 2022 budget.
The Gowdy Road bridge project is the largest expected expenditure on the proposed budget at $198,000. The township is expected to spend $131,000 on road supply. Also included in the expected expenditures is $187,148 for the yet-to-be-determined American Rescue Plan Act project. The money spent on the ARPA will be reimbursed with a federal grant.
The largest expected source of income for the township is the earned income tax, expected to generate $175,000. Real estate taxes are expected to generate $109,000 while the township is expected to receive $93,574 in federal entitlements and $99,000 in local grants.
The budget will be on display at the Washington Township municipal building until the board of supervisors approves the final budget at its next regular meeting to be held Dec. 9.
Later in the meeting, Township Secretary Jacqui Blose informed the supervisors there was a complaint filed about a property located along Pine Hollow Road.
The complaint was filed by a resident adjacent to the property. And the resident was concerned about the safety of the structure on the property as it is in disrepair.
Blose said UCC Certified Inspector Bureau Veritas Jeff Elder inspected the property and said the property was not in violation because the building fell in on itself. However, Elder recommended the supervisors write a letter to the property owner to inform them the structure is hazardous due to entrance because it has open entrances and ask them to secure the structure or demolish it.
The board unanimously approved sending the letter to the property owner.
The supervisors also discussed a complaint by a resident who lives near the intersection of State Route 208 and Stitzinger Road regarding excess water run-off.
According to Blose, Sewage Enforcement Officer Todd Fantaskey inspected the property but had not filed a report. Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Eric Bauer also looked over the property and believes it is a storm water runoff issue and the drains along the state road need to be cleaned out.
The supervisors took no further action on the issue.
Blose also informed the board the Clarion County commissioners were dispersing liquid fuels money. Blose asked the commissioners if they wanted to reapply to have Nebraska Road paved.
The Nebraska Road paving project has been denied two years in a row.
Blose said the Nebraska Road paving project is the only PennDOT estimated approved project in the township. The board unanimously approved Blose to resubmit the request for the Nebraska Road project.
In other business, the board:
4Approved the purchase of a used Jumping Jack compactor from Mealy Excavating and Construction at a cost of $200.
4Approved repair the township backhoe at an estimated cost of $5,000.