development, but supervisors and Franks raised two problems with that idea: The township doesn’t yet have jurisdiction over the development’s roads, and even if it did, Franks said state law prohibits four-way stop signs aside from those that were grandfathered in before the law took effect.
Supervisor Rick Arnold suggested that residents ask the Polonia Estates developer to bring the development’s roads up to specifications so that Rice Township can take over the roads’ jurisdiction. The township can’t afford to take over those roads until they’re properly paved and meet township standards, Arnold said. But once the roads are fixed, the township could take them over and then have the authority to add road signs or consider other possibilities. Franks suggested the township could even consider painting the speed limit on the pavement, a solution he heard about for a problematic road in Hanover Township.
Supervisor Marcia Thomas reiterated that police would step up patrols and said supervisors could research additional solutions.
Bierzynski also said residents simply need to slow down: “Is someone’s life really worth a minute and a half?”
In other business, supervisors voted to allow township engineer Andy Pasonick to prepare bid packages for two projects: the Ice Lakes dam repair and the paving of Nuangola Avenue. The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Boat Commission are reviewing the plans Pasonick submitted for the dam repair. If both agencies give their approval, work can begin after supervisors grant a bid at the Oct. 3 meeting.
The Nuangola Avenue paving project is expected to happen this fall.
Resident Elvio Benzi attended his second consecutive supervisors meeting to complain about water runoff from Wilderness Drive onto his property. Benzi suggested several solutions that Pipech said were not feasible. Pipech asked Pasonick to visit the property, check the current drainpipe and decide on next steps.
Supervisors approved payment for two expenses: $1,179 to renew a police software agreement and $13,658 for municipal liability and workers’ compensation, plus future liability and workers’ compensation payments of $4,774 each in October, November and December.
Meghan Carey, an Elliott Greenleaf attorney attending the meeting on behalf of Solicitor Jack Dean, explained that a discrepancy has been found in the township’s zoning ordinance. One part of the ordinance indicates a permit is required for a certain type of activity, while another part of the ordinance says a permit is not required. Supervisors passed a resolution to proceed with a “curative amendment” to fix the discrepancy.
Supervisors also announced the following events:
Firefighter training for Wright, Hobbie, Nuangola and Dorrance fire departments will be held from 8 a. m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 17, at the two Ice Lakes parks. Firefighters plan to remove water from the lakes but will pump it back in afterward.
The Mountain Top Kite Festival will be held from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Oct. 1 at Rice Township Municipal Park.
Tire drop-off events will be held Oct. 7 at Drums Elementary and Oct. 14 at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High for residents to dispose of used tires.
Leaf pickup will run from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16. Leaves will be picked up only from residents who have a COG (Councils of Governments) sticker and have signed up for the program at the township office. Pipech noted that leaf pickup is expensive for the township and that it can interfere with getting the township trucks ready for snow removal, so he hopes to come up with a new leaf removal program next year.