The Liberty Township Supervisors Monday evening gave final adoption to the township’s 2020 operating budget totaling $266,540 in revenues and $249,070 in expenditures. There will be no tax increases this coming year.

Supervisors John Black, Dick McClure, chairman Brian Weaver and secretary Anna Black met last month to create the proposed budget laid on the table for public inspection. Black and Weaver (McClure was absent) ratified the budget last night.

The supervisors also opened sealed bids they received for snow removal, backhoe work and bulk hauling. Fisher Excavating LLC of Saxton received a bid of $60 per hour, pending proof of insurance, for snow removal in Area I (East Saxton).

Paul Guyer Jr. of James Creek was the successful bidder for snow removal responsibilities in Areas II (Stonerstown), III (Raven Run) and IV (Weaver’s Woods). Proof of insurance was provided.

Fisher Excavation LLC was awarded numerous other backhoe, hauling and skidsteer bids on an hourly rate including: excavator, $75; truck/dozer, $65; backhoe; $65 bulldozer; $55 skidsteer; $45 wood chipper; $65 brush hog and $60 street sweeper. Baker’s Hauling of James Creek was awarded a bulk hauling bid of $4 per ton and $85 an hour for trucking.

Weaver said he was recently approached by state Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Trough Creek/Warriors Path park manager Joe Basil about the township possibly plowing the entire length of the access road to Warriors Path State Park. Weaver said he was unsure how to answer the question so he discussed the question with Black and McClure and then contacted township PennDOT representative George Spanelli.

Weaver was advised that should the township accept the responsibility, it should be financially compensated through a contractual agreement with the state. J. Black said he had mixed feelings about the matter stating if the township did get involved, the state would have to be charged.

Weaver said he is in favor of the township not getting involved in the project at all due to it taking away from other Township work. Black agreed.

The supervisors also heard from Stephanie Buncich of EADS Consulting Engineers that stated she would like to visit the township next week and inspect some of its stormwater drains. Last month the supervisors asked Buncich to investigate grant funds to assist the township deal storm water problems.

Buncich stated she would try and help the township secure grant funds to install storm inlets. Black is scheduled to meet with her next week.

Saxton Police Chief Steve Kagarise reported a total of 29 incidents in both Saxton Borough and Liberty Township. 18 incidents occurred in the Borough and 11 in the township.

Adam can be reached at dnews@huntingdondailynews.com.

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