2008-10-02 / Front Page

Ayr Twp. Adopts Vehicle Weight Limits

New ordinance applies to 22 township roads
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Following a public meeting on September 15, the Ayr Township supervisors adopted a vehicle weight limit ordinance that will affect 22 roads in the township. The supervisors adopted the ordinance for safety reasons and to limit damage to township roads.

Under the new ordinance, vehicles weighing more than 10 tons will not be permitted to use the 22 roads named in the ordinance. Exceptions to the ordinance include school buses, emergency vehicles and delivery vehicles making local deliveries or pickups along the road(s).

The roads named in the ordinance were selected based upon a study done by the townshipís engineers, Keller Engineers.

In addition to spelling out the consequences for violation of the ordinance, it also allows for the supervisors to grant special permits should further exceptions be appropriate.

During their regular meeting on Monday evening, the supervisors said that no one voiced objections during the public meeting held to consider the ordinance.

Also during their meeting on Monday evening, the supervisors agreed to transfer $14,119.81 to the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Relief Association. The supervisors receive the funding from the state and transfer it to the local fire company. The state funding, under Act 15 of 1989, is calculated 50 percent by using township population and 50 percent by using the market value of real estate in the municipality. In addition to Ayr, Todd and Licking Creek townships as well as the borough of McConnellsburg receive state funding for the relief association.

It was announced that this year's annual Fulton County Township Convention will be held on October 13, 2008, at Sideling Hill Christian Church.

The supervisors reviewed a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) informing them that a September 11, 2008, inspection of Chestnut's Septic Service found three areas of noncompliance with regard to the land application of sewage sludge on the Chestnut farm. The septic service is permitted by the state to land-apply the sludge under various terms and conditions that are subject to periodic investigation by DEP.

The three violations of the Clean Streams Law included "no documentation verifying that pathogen reductions (necessary for lime stabilization) were met prior to application; no documentation that the sludge was screened prior to application to remove organic materials; and that the farm's conservation plan states that one of the fields where the sludge is applied was to be used for hay production. However, the field is instead being used for corn production."

In the letter, DEP alleges that the violations "constitute a public nuisance" and Chestnut was given 15 days to submit a written report responding to the findings.

Several years ago, the Ayr supervisors attempted to pass an ordinance prohibiting land application of sewage sludge on any lands in the township. However, they were unable to proceed with such an ordinance due to the fact that state laws allow land application of sewage sludge, and it was unlikely that a township ordinance prohibiting it could have been enforced.

The Ayr Township supervisors meet the last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the township building. The next regular meeting will be held on October 27, 2008.

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