2012-08-30 / Local & State

Ayr Discusses Insurance, Septic Pumping

Makes annual donation to fire company
By Jean Snyder


The Ayr Township supervisors reviewed their insurance renewal with their agent, Bob Peck, and made decisions about an annual donation to the fire company and about requests from property owners regarding the mandatory septic pumping rules.

At their regular meeting on Monday evening, after review of the insurance limits on buildings, equipment, workers compensation and liability, the supervisors renewed all insurances with Peck for an annual premium of $9,618, effective September 1. The insurance includes insurance on the township building for replacement value of $292,800.

In response to a letter from the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. requesting an annual building donation, the supervisors voted 2- 1 to donate $2,500, with one supervisor suggesting a higher amount.

During other business, the supervisors discussed requests from property owners to waive the township ordinance requiring that septic systems be pumped every three years on a rotating cycle. The property owners say they own summer homes that are either not occupied at all, or are occupied only for short periods during the summer. It was suggested that they could be put on an every six years rotating cycle.

However, after much discussion about how to determine which properties are actually only seasonal, it was determined that all properties in the township will remain on the every three years pumping cycle.

The supervisors also discussed the purchase of rock salt for treatment of the roads this winter. Township secretary Denise Grissinger reported that she had received a quote of $76.30 per ton from Mid-Atlantic Salt. American Rock Salt has quoted a price of $78.53 per ton for 2012-13, but because the supervisors signed a COSTARS program contract, they must purchase the salt from American Rock Salt. COSTARS is the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program and, generally, provides municipalities with better prices due to volume.

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 24, 2012.

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