Roads Top Agenda At Rice Meeting

Road news topped the list of topics at the Rice Township supervisors’ May 2 meeting.

Supervisors awarded the paving of Henry Drive to Barletta Materials for a base bid of $95,886. Engineer Andy Pasonick noted the company bid $6 per square yard for the paving, while similar paving projects two years ago averaged $8.25 to $9 per square yard, so the Henry Drive bid “was very reasonable,” Pasonick said.

In other road news, secretary Jeffrey Beck announced that repairs to the Blytheburn Road bridge would begin shortly and extend through early June. He said the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) intends to oil and chip Nuangola Road during 2017, so preliminary patching work has already begun. Also, PennDOT has scheduled the Church Road bridge over Henry Drive for removal in 2018.

The PP&L lattice tower project that has created heavy truck traffic in the township continues to run according to schedule, Beck announced. The project should be completed this fall if it continues to stay on schedule.

The township continues to negotiate with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Fish and Boat Commission to attempt a compromise that would allow repairs to the Ice Lakes dam to begin. At issue is whether the lake must be fully drained or merely partially drained in order for the repairs to be made. The DEP mandates full drainage, while the Fish and Boat Commission believes draining the lake completely could damage the habitat of any northern cricket frogs that live there. The township will need to commission