Muncy Township amends budget

PENNSDALE – Muncy Township has benefited from the natural gas wells and oil fields near the eastern Lycoming County community.

Supervisors Wednesday night approved amending the 2012 budget to reflect an additional $39,180 from natural gas well impact fees provided by the state.

There are no oil wells in the boundaries of the municipality, but there are wells and fields nearby that qualified in the calculation, according to supervisors.

Nevertheless, the nearly $40,000 boost to the coffers doesn’t go far in today’s costs to pave road surfaces.

Based on estimates, paving portions of road surfaces for a little more than one mile costs $240,000, according to Supervisor Paul Wentzler.

Instead, supervisors agreed to put a double coat of tar and chip on parts of Bugbee, Hall and Bush Hollow roads for a price estimated at about $84,000. They also are having a state Department of Transportation employee recalculate the costs based on the updated job needs.

Police Chief Chris McKibben noted in his report an uptick in the number of thefts and other offenses, many of them in the shopping areas.

Loggers from Two Timbers Co. Inc. again are using tractor-trailers on Weister Woods Road for the next six months and motorists are cautioned to take care.

Because of the logging activities, the road is not listed on this year’s project list.