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Butler Township approves guarantee for loan

April 10. 2013 11:18PM
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BUTLER TWP. — Township supervisors on Tuesday night approved a loan guarantee of $185,000 for CAN DO Inc.’s installation of a traffic light on state Route 309 and Corporate Drive.

The funds will serve as collateral for the project for traffic control beginning this fall, when the magnet school of the Hazleton Area School District starts classes in a building within the Corporate Center.

Supervisor Ransom Young said he had some reservation about CAN DO having an apparent lack of funds for the project. “If CAN DO can’t float its own loan,” Young said, “it doesn’t speak well for its financial status.”

The loan guarantee, according to the ordinance presented to the supervisors, is scheduled to come from the township’s state Liquid Fuels funds.

After some elaboration by solicitor Don Karpowich, the supervisors voted to approve the ordinance. The township, Karpowich said, will have to absorb the cost of maintaining the light, while CAN DO will pay for the installation.

In another matter, acting on the recommendation of the chief of the Valley Regional Fire and Rescue organization, supervisors put in place a burning ban. Chairman Brian Kisenwhether said the ban entails open burning, burning in containers as well as so-called “control burns” because of this month’s dry weather conditions.

A fine of up to $300 could be imposed against violators.

The ban is effective immediately and will remain in force until the region receives a substantial amount of rain, he said.

In other business:

* The supervisors approved the purchase of a new police car from Fuessner Ford for $39,845. The purchase will be through the state COSTARS program.

* The supervisors decided to spend $14,495.50 for a financial software system from Freedom Systems and BTS. They also approved $2,195 for annual support expenses.

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