Weight restriction approved on road


First Posted: 3/11/2012

A new weight limit on a township road and a new pension plan were approved during Tuesday meeting of the Ross Township supervisors.

Supervisors approved a 20-ton weight limit on Niemchick Road. Previously, Niemchick Road did not have a weight limit, said Chairman Stan Davis.

Fines will be based on the amount a vehicle exceeds the weight limit, he said. The ordinance is in response to several reports of increased truck traffic going into and leaving Hunlock Sand and Gravel in Sweet Valley.

In other news, supervisors approved an ordinance to switch the township’s pension plan from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, known as PSATS.

Davis the two plans are similar with the exception of the administration fees.

“The fees are significantly less with the PSATS plan,” he said.

The new plan will affect four township employees who did have a prior opportunity to review the offer.

Supervisors also discussed how much road salt will be needed for the next winter season. Davis said they purchase the road salt through the COSTARS program. The COSTARS program is a joint effort by the state Department of Transportation and the Department of General Services to give municipalities the ability to find competitive prices on necessary items.

Davis said it is a normal procedure to get bids in now for salt for next year.

Supervisor David Williams said the mild winter has left them with excess supply for next winter, but suggested purchasing at least one load. One load of salt is equal to 25 tons. He estimated they have about two and a half loads of salt in the salt shed.

“It would not hurt to cut back a little,” Williams said.

The next board of supervisors meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 3 in the municipal building.

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