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Fire protection with Tyrone Boro leads discussion of Snyder Township meeting

The fire protection service agreement with Tyrone Borough for the area of Snyder Township was discussed at length at the meeting held yesterday morning at the township municipal building. The main issue is to what extent the township is willing to release Tyrone from liability at scenes of fire protection. Snyder Township supervisors James Daughenbaugh, James Chronister and Ray Rodgers discussed with solicitor Allen Gibboney a rough-draft of a year-to-year contract with Tyrone.
“On the release section, to the extent that Snyder Township as Snyder Township releases liability of Tyrone Borough or its fire department strikes me as a matter you can consider and deal with as it deems appropriate,” said Gibboney. “In looking at this, the thing about that release paragraph that troubles me the most is the ending portion of that which says that the release is effective, and I’ll just read it, ‘from any claim by any person and/or entity arising from and/or concerning any aspect of this agreement.’ It’s not particularly clear to me that Snyder Township has the capability of executing a release for other persons, for example property owners or other residents of Snyder Township.”
Firemen from the Bald Eagle Fire Company asked the supervisors why more money from the township wasn’t going to support the company. Daughenbaugh explained that since the company cannot handle the responsibility of the whole area, Tyrone Borough’s services must be called in. The firefighters also addressed the issue of why they get called after Tyrone from 911 even when there is a fire or accident in Snyder Township. The issue is scheduled to be discussed further at the next meeting.
Another issue discussed was the mercantile ordinance draft, which would be a new ordinance for businesses in Snyder Township to be required to notify the township of its intent of existence before coming into the area. Citizens had been pushing for an ordinance like this for quite some time so they would know of the new businesses in the area.
“The question was whether you could make a mercantile license requirement apply to some people who are involved in business but not apply to all,” said Gibboney. “In particular as I understand it one of the folks that commented on it at the earlier meeting liked the idea that a mercantile license be required of anybody who started a new business, but if a person was already in some form of business that no license be required. You asked me to do some research on whether or not such a provision would be lawful. I am convinced that such a provision would not be lawful.”
The proposed ordinance is scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting with the idea that a plan for everybody with a business in the township would need to pay a small fee and place notification to the township. Also, any new business would have to apply for a license 45 days in advance of opening.
An update on the California Hollow Project was provided by engineer Bill Gohn.
“The contractor has almost all the sewer line in now. He just has a short piece about 34 feet that goes into the pump station, and that takes care of the pipe line as far as the project,” said Gohn.
The new pump station will be modernized and be equipped with: a meter to monitor flow, a control panel and a roof over the emergency generator. The supervisors approved $41,396 in grant money as a requisition for the contractor.
There was an update on the Tyrone Forge, Ironville and Cook Hollow completion of an income survey that could bring half a million dollars in grant money to the area if approved by the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
“Based on the three areas I got quite a response back,” said Jessica Sheets, grant coordinator. “We’re missing about 10 homes in the service area. We need to get at least eight out of those 10. Right now the area qualifies, but the houses we have outstanding end up qualifying as above, and some of those may be below.”
“What it boils down to is it is extremely important that these 10 people get the survey forms back because it could mean whether you get half a million dollars or not,” said Gohn.
In other business, the supervisors adopted a resolution to allow the Blair County Solid Waste and Recycling to place drop-off recycling depots on the vacant township property located across from the parking lot. These bins were formerly located at Snappy’s.
Also, the board reviewed a letter from Ron Boyles in which he notified the township that he donated 12 acres of land to the Baseball Association for a new baseball field. There is a meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Bald Eagle Fire Hall to be held by the Baseball Association to discuss the issue further.