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Plans for a housing development and housing estate, retail store and aerial apartments are underway in Loyalsock Township.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening approved a request for an extension of time to reintroduce a proposed subdivision and land use plan for Heim Hill.

This is a 48 house subdivision and the supervisors had a lot of trouble with it when it was first introduced.

Among the most difficult points, the promoter proposed a private road access.

In addition, supervisors want to be sure that a path that would surround the perimeter of the houses has been designed in such a way that nearby owners are protected in complete privacy.

Supervisor Virginia M. Eaton was the only board supervisor to vote against the extension request.

She expressed concerns early on in the proposed land use planning.

The minutes for the continuation of a conditional use hearing for Harkness Real Estate Partners LLC at 300 Shiffler Ave. has been approved.

The problem is not so much the proposed and undisclosed retail store on the site of the old Triangle building, which would be razed and replaced with a new building.

The issue that council is concerned about is the amount of parking and the type of parking in the relatively congested area near the Golden Strip.

The total number of parking spaces for the apartments will increase from 20 spaces to 14 spaces. The retail store will have a maximum of five employees working per shift.

Returning Salt Supplies

For whatever remains of winter, Loyalsock Township Public Works crews are ready and have ordered road salt.

Randy Stover, the township’s public works supervisor, told supervisors there were 50 tonnes of salt left in the township and a trucking contractor had lost employees, which caused the delay in delivery this year.

He said another 250 tons have started to be delivered and another 40 tons are due to the township.

The township also has its own mix of slip-resistant materials and after the recent storm last Friday, the majority of residents said the roads were done efficiently, including the hills, of which the township has plenty.

“I think we had two complaints out of 11,000 people,” Stover said, noting how widespread salt delivery slowdowns have been this year for the township, the city of Williamsport, the boroughs of South Williamsport and Jersey Shore, to name a few.

“We know where to hit hard and early”, Stover said the crew took care of the hillier sections before the snow and ice.

In fact, he and supervisor Paul Nyman and John Bower Jr. are planning to go to Hepburn Hill to check the entrances and cross pipes, a meeting scheduled for this afternoon. In addition, the supervisor and Stover will review the base stress cracks and repair needs before the roads to be asphalted begin before the asphalt plants open in early spring.

“We want to install the entry boxes before the asphalt plants open”, Bower, who has extensive experience repairing and building streets, said.

Among the measures to be taken, the supervisors adopted the PSATS Annual Pension Disclosure Notice. Under state law 44, this is a township requirement.

Township superintendent Bill Burdett reviewed the pension plan with supervisors, noting that when it started it had $900,000 in 2004-05. Today, the pension is $2.6 million, a combination of the transition to annuity and the ability for qualified financial management to invest on behalf of the township. These include Summit Financial, Nationwide Trust and various accountancy services which have ensured that the pension is 100% funded for current and past employees of the township.

Additionally, the pension is managed with full disclosure so that those making investment decisions have their nominal donations to various political figures made public, such as small donations of one hundred dollars to a candidate for district judge, for example.

Supervisors approved RK Webster, awarding the contractor the contract for paving and storm drainage work at Penn Vale, a housing complex, using funds from the Community Development Block Grant.

Webster’s offer was $28,300.

Supervisors have approved Cory Swartz to achieve virtual classroom certification for pesticide application through an online course.

Tax notices are expected to be released the first week of March, said Dottie White Mertz, the township’s tax collector.

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