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Fox supervisors discuss new business items

February 4, 2011

Fox Township Supervisors Dave Mattiuz, Mike Keller and Randy Gradizzi discuss numerous items during their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday evening. Photo by Amy Cherry.

Among the new business items approved by the Fox Township Supervisors were those pertaining to paving, a potential construction project and a flood plain ordinance.
The board approved adoption of a flood plain ordinance as requested by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
"This is being required by FEMA and was not initiated at the township level. It is part of their newest update of maps," noted Kathy Dowie, township secretary.
Vollmer Tar and Chip submitted a second invoice for the paving project at the Fox Township Park. Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi said Vollmer's proposed two options for the project were to use either a sand mix or to tak coat the area with a one-inch top coat. He noted those recommendations were made by contractors.
Supervisors Dave Mattiuz and Mike Keller agreed with their grievance about the township being billed for late charges by the company. They noted the charges stem mainly from the fact that the project has not yet begun, as Vollmer's has reported to Gradizzi that they are having difficulty obtaining price quotes due to the time of the year for the project.
Mattiuz suggested to have the township solicitor review the fees before the project goes any further.
Gradizzi added that he plans to meet with Vollmer's on Friday to discuss the Hogback Road project and will also discuss the park paving project as well.
Additionally, Gradizzi proposed the addition of another bay to the township's salt shed. He explained that this would allow the township to store any excess salt left over from previous years.
"We have to order salt for the winter season in March. We generally go with the same amount each year," Gradizzi said. "There are times when we haven't used it (salt)."
He added that another bay would allow the township to stockpile the salt, decreasing the amount they would have to order the following year and saving them money.
"That way, we can reduce our salt contract by that much the following year," Gradizzi said.
According to Gradizzi, if the township could start out each winter season with 250 tons of salt, this would save them approximately $12,000. Each bay holds 125 tons of salt equal to five tri-axle truck loads.
Mattiuz questioned if there are alternate methods to store the salt. Gradizzi explained that workers have attempted to cover the salt in previous years; however, that method has not worked well, as sometimes the salt gets wet and in turn clogs the augers of the salt trucks.
"This is just something to think about," he noted.

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