Peters Township Council plans ahead to ensure road salt supplies are adequate through new contract with a second vendor

Published Mar 11, 2014 at 8:50 am (Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 8:50 am)

With the winter of 2013-14 almost in the record books, Peters Township Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with a second vendor during a meeting March 10. Currently, the township has reserved 4,000 tons through the South Hills Association of Council of Governments (SHAGOC) and March 10 agreed to an additional salt contract for 1,000 tons through COSTARS, a state program. No price was listed for either contract. By having two contracts, the township will have an alternate source for salt if problems arise.

In other action, Council:

• Awarded a contract to ServiceMaster by Guthrie for custodial services for all of the township buildings. The contract is for three years at a cost of $78,636 for the first year, $79.812 for the second year and $79,812 for the third and final year. ServiceMaster by Guthrie is the current provider for the township. Only two firms submitted bids with ServiceMaster the lower bidder.

• Approved a fleet safety program by a vote of 5-1 with only Councilwoman Monica Merrell voting no. Councilwoman Meghan Jones Rolla was absent. The program was approved at the suggestion of the township’s insurance provider.

• Approved a resolution to amend the job description for the township’s Land Use Planner position. Currently, the job is vacant.

• Recognized police Officer Dave Stanton for his work as the township’s DARE officer, a position he has held for more than 25 years.

• Heard resident Sam Gregg praise the township’s firefighters after a barn on his Frosty Valley Road property caught fire March 9. Gregg said while many residents complain, he wanted to give council “a pat on the back for a job well done.”

• Announced First Energy will conduct helicopter tree trimming along utility lines. No cutting will be done in residential areas or in or near the parks. All affected property owners will be notified by letter.

• Announced June 1 is Peters Township Day at the Wild Things. Tickets are $10 with $5 going to a selected township group. More information will be announced.

• Reminded residents there are new stop signs at the intersection of Bebout Road with Froebe and Bower Hill roads.

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