At Tuesday night's meeting, Loyalsock Township supervisors rejected the lone bid the township had received for 2011 fuel oil needs.
Superior Plus Energy made the bid, and the quoted prices for heating oil, diesel and unleaded fuel represented significant increases from this year. Heating oil alone would cost the township $2.68 per gallon, an increase of 40 cents.
While the board acknowledged that prices have gone up for most people this year, Chairman Jeff Rauff did not believe the board would be acting responsibly in accepting the only bid received.
"We would not be doing our due diligence," he said.
The board approved a motion to readvertise for bids in the hopes of securing alternatives.
The board also set dates for two public hearings regarding conditional use applications submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission from the Park Home Senior Living Project and AT&T Mobility.
The hearing for the Park Home Senior Living Project will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 before the board's regularly scheduled meeting. The board will look into holding this hearing at the Loyalsock Township Volunteer Fire Hall, if scheduling allows.
The commission received plans for the Park Home Senior Living Project to be constructed on the east side of Poco Farm Road, south of Winfield Drive. The plans included a proposal to build a 100-unit, three-story terrace apartment building, six single-family, semi-detached cottages and six townhouses containing three units each.
The public hearing for AT&T Mobility will be held on Jan. 25, before the regularly scheduled meeting.
AT&T Mobility submitted plans to the commission for the construction of a 190-foot single-pole communication tower to be built on a 50-foot by 100-foot parcel fenced off on the west side of Poco Farm Road, north of the old Grampian Hills Country Club.
Other action items included approval of the allocation of $4,700 to the sewer lateral project. The money will come out of the Community Development Block Grant income.
The board approved forwarding the Streets and Sewers Commission's selection of Larson Design Group to the state Department of Transportation as its engineering choice for the Sheridan Street bridge construction. Larson Design Group was selected out of 13 bids.