The Browntown Bridge project is nearing completion, with hopes that it will be open to traffic within a couple weeks, according to Bradford Township Supervisor Chairman Jim Erwin.
Erwin announced that the superstructure and decking were both installed Monday, although the decking still needs to be welded, Erwin explained.
Several resolutions related to the bridge and payment for materials were passed during Monday’s meeting of the Bradford Township supervisors. Among those were a proposal to rename the bridge in honor of former Supervisor Gayle Bauer, who was serving her 12th year as supervisor when she passed away in February of 2019.
“This was the last project (Gayle) did while supervisor,” Erwin said. “I think it would be a great thing to do to honor her time with the township.”
The motion passed unanimously, which has not been the case with other resolutions related to the bridge. The project has been a source of contention between the supervisors since it began.
A dedication ceremony for the bridge will be planned for spring.
In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Township Tax Collector Beth Monti, who has held the position for 32 years.
“She has done a great job over the years, and she is really going to be missed,” noted Supervisor Steve Mascho. “Those will be tough shoes to fill.”
Erwin also commented, stating Monti “has been an asset to the township and done a wonderful job. She was great to talk to and either had the answer when you called or would find them and call you back.”
A motion to accept letters of interest for Monti’s position was also passed, with Erwin noting that hopefully someone with an interest and that is a good fit for the position will be found to work with Monti prior to the date of her resignation, which is set for Jan. 15, 2021.
It was noted that whoever fills the position must be certified to be a tax collector. They will fill Monti’s term, then be required to run for re-election when the term ends in 2022.
Erwin also announced that township residents have been putting garbage out for pickup that is in the can but not bagged. Beginning today, the garbage department has been directed to not pick up garbage that is not bagged. This is a township requirement.
“This is not a new policy. People should know better, unless they are new to the township,” Mascho noted. Erwin said the garbage department has been running into this issue more often of late.
In other business, the Zoning Board received three permit applications during August, with one being denied. Code enforcement handled four rental inspections in August and 13 sale inspections, three of which required follow-ups for six violations, all of which were corrected.
Bradford Township Police handled 148 calls for service during the month of August and investigated six motor-vehicle accidents. Chief Robb Shipman advised residents that the department is working on the investigation of several spam phone call complaints, and that government entities will not contact you via telephone in regard to monetary matters. Rather, they use the mail to do so.
Also, residents who receive calls that they have won money or are entitled to the estate of a relative they do not know should not contact the caller without consulting Bradford Township Police.
Shipman also issued a reminder that walking trails, railroad tracks and private property in the township are off limits to motorized vehicles.
Supervisors also approved a motion to advertise for bids for 2,000 tons of AS-1 anti-skid. Erwin noted this amount is less than the 2,500 tons typically sought, because of a surplus from last year.