BUTLER TWP. — The township supervisors Tuesday night decided to undertake a project to resolve a problem along Saams Road that involves a culvert and a bridge.
The supervisors, on a 2-1 vote, accepted bid of $1,200 from the engineering firm of Barry Isett & Associates to conduct surveying services on the culvert. The bridge at that location is maintained by Luzerne County, which causes a problem for Supervisor Ransom Young who voted no on Issett’s bid.
Young said the cost of the entire project should be borne by Luzerne County. Supervisors Brian Kisenwether and Charles Altmiller, however, cast the affirmative votes awarding the project to Isett.
Solicitor Don Karpowich said another part of the proposed project is that the county has agreed to undertake a structural study of the bridge.
The matter has its origin in a complaint registered in March by Matt Balliet, who contended his property experienced flooding because of the bridge and culvert needing to be altered.
In other business:
- Bob Small of the Sand Springs complained of noise emanating from social and civic events at the golf club. He contended the matter violates an agreement the township had with Sand Springs officials with regard to events being confined to their expanded, indoor facilities. Karpowich will author a letter to Sand Springs officials reminding them of the specifics of the accord.
- Al DiSalvatore was appointed to succeed Rodney Murphy on the recreation board. Murphy’s resignation was accepted with regret at Tuesday’s meeting.
- First State Trust Company was selected as a third party administrator of the police and non-uniformed pension fund.
- After a protest by leaders of the Hazleton Area Little Cougars wrestling team, the supervisors tabled action on a rent increase for the wrestling room at the senior center, pending further review. At issue, coach Tom Molinario said, is a proposed increase of $400 to $800.