2010-09-02 / Front Page

Ayr Makes Annual MVFC Donation

Discusses Route 16/JLG turn lane
By Jean Snyder

Ayr Township supervisors heard a brief presentation from the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and discussed the Route 16/JLG turn lane with their engineer at their regular meeting last Thursday evening.

McConnellsburg Fire Chief Pete Lynch and other company members met with the supervisors to discuss a possible donation to be used to upgrade heart monitors for the ambulance and medic vehicles.

According to the members, the new units will be 12-lead monitors and will allow them to transmit information about heart patients to Fulton County Medical Center and to other area hospitals. The monitors, priced at $8,500 each, also monitor blood pressure and can also be used as a defibrillator.

Counting trade-in value, Lynch estimated the total cost for both units at $15,000. Later during the meeting, the supervisors voted to give an annual $5,000 donation toward the purchase.

In other business, engineer Tom Morisi and township solicitor Stanley J. Kerlin discussed the Route 16/JLG turn lane. The supervisors have committed a total of $30,000 spread over three years to the project. The supervisors, upon advice from Kerlin, agreed that maintenance of the traffic lights at the turn lane off Route 16 will be a township responsibility. However, the township asked Kerlin to draft an agreement with JLG that would require the company to reimburse the township for expenditures associated with the maintenance.

Also during other business, the supervisors reviewed their insurance package with agent Bob Peck. Total insurance costs for the renewal will be $8,790, down from last year’s cost of $10,609.

Supervisors, in a letter from the Fulton County Conservation District, were informed that plans submitted by the McConnellsburg Sewer Authority for erosion and sediment control on its expansion project were found to be “inadequate” and must be resubmitted. Six issues were raised in the letter regarding a second topsoil stockpile, a temporary rock filter, erosion control matting and a few additional questions about the plan.

Township secretary Denise Grissinger reported that 44 “second notices to pump” were mailed out on August14 reminding those who did not have their system pumped that they have 30 days to pump ending September 15. She said she learned that 10 of the 44 had been pumped, but the pumper failed to submit a report. She also said she received a few requests for a waiver and will consult with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on how to proceed. The supervisors have said in the past that they have not been inclined to grant waivers.

The supervisors and their solicitor discussed implementation of the Fulton County Planning Commission’s Phase II Act 167 countywide stormwater management plan. The supervisors will be required to enact an ordinance to satisfy the plan by February 14, 2011.

During routine business, the supervisors agreed to renew membership with the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at a cost of $90 annually and also discussed several subdivision plans.

The Ayr Township supervisors meet the last Monday of each month at the township building at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 27, 2010.

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