California Hollow sewer project contract extended 30 days

The Snyder Township supervisors have approved a 30-day extension to the contract of Glenn Johnson Inc. to complete work on the California Hollow sewer project.
The work was scheduled to be completed today, and supervisors and EADs group engineer Bill Gohn had believed at earlier township meetings, that the project was ahead of schedule. However, Johnson Inc. requested a 60-day extension on the contract, which Gohn thinks is unnecessary.
“There wasn’t much done at all in March because of the weather,” said Gohn. “As of yesterday, they started working on the pump station.
“I have a little problem with 60 days. He could have been working for the last week.”
According to the bid from Johnson Inc., only two weeks is needed to complete the pump station. Also, there is a resident of Snyder Township who is waiting to move into his house but cannot until the work to the sewer lines are completed. With this in mind, supervisors approved a 30-day extension in hopes that the work will be completed soon.
Gohn also gave an update on the Home Project, which started last year and is funded through the Community Development Block Grant. This project enables families from Snyder Township, who are income eligible, to apply for money for home remodeling. Twelve families were given assistance through the project last year, and about that many are expected to receive money for building or remodeling purposes this year. After the houses are inspected, the families choose a contractor to begin work on the problem areas of their homes.
“We’ll have the write-ups for the inspections done for the first three by the end of this month,” said Gohn. “We’ll have that information to the property owners. They can make the selection of the contractor and get started at the beginning of May.”
The next item of business was the review of a letter from Norfolk Southern regarding the purchase of an easement agreement. A road the township installed to extend onto I-99 in order to have an emergency way in and out of Thomastown travels over part of the railroad owned formerly by Conrail and now by Norfolk Southern, so the township has to pay a yearly lease for this part of the road.
“When we started out with Conrail, they only charged us $100 a year for the easement,” said Supervisor Jim Daughenbaugh. “There’s a short piece of road there the railroad owns. But then Norfolk Southern took over. They upped it to $400 a year. But you have to maintain that exit to get in and out.”
The supervisors were hoping to work out a long-term lease or to purchase the section of road from Norfolk Southern, but the expense would be too high. For now, the agreement will stay as a $400 yearly lease.
A resolution for a township Emergency Operations Plan was adopted after discussion from supervisors at previous meetings. The state requires all townships and counties to have an emergency plan in case of a man made or natural disaster. The point of the plan is for the township to be well-prepared in case of any problem that may occur. According to the plan, the township needs to have on file an emergency operations coordinator, a person who would be in charge of taking care of a situation if a disaster were to occur. Also, the township needs to have on file a list of emergency equipment and how to access it in case of a disaster.
In highway department news, Tom Williams Escavating was chosen for the removal of stumps for Moose Park Road. The supervisors chose to purchase stone from New Enterprise and dust oil from W.R.C. Whitaker Road Corporation. Fuel bids will be discussed at the next meeting.