MANSFIELD - This year's spring clean-up days, set for April 14 and 21, will feature a new attraction for Richmond Township residents, it was announced during the supervisors Tuesday meeting.
A shredder from Keystone Mobile Shredding will be on site from 10 a.m. to noon April 21 to offer free paper shredding for residents, said township secretary Deb Kotulka.
Regular hours for residents to bring in their items for the Dumpster will be from 8 a.m. to noon both days. A fee will be charged depending on the amount and type of items brought in for disposal.
Kotulka also discussed the idea of participating in the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful initiative this year which is held each year between March and May, to pick up litter along roads.
"If we register with them (Keep PA Beautiful), Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority will supply a Dumpster for $200 and no trash fee," she said.
In addition, she added, the state Department of Transportation would supply bags, vests and gloves for participants.
"If we reach out to the people of the township who want to collect trash along their roads on a certain day and bring it to the township building, it will be free to leave it in the Dumpster," she said.
Though he thought it was a good idea, Chairman Chuck Neal voiced his concern for the safety of those doing the work, especially youth groups like Scouts or high school students doing it as a community service project.
"The state police would keep the roads patrolled for those days," Kotulka said, and if it was done on Earth Day, April 22, which is the day following the township's second spring clean-up day, participants could pick up their supplies then.
"Each organization could police their own people and PennDOT will also supply water," Kotulka said.
Neal eventually moved to table the idea until the April 3 meeting.
In other business, supervisors:
Approved a resolution authorizing application to Pennsylvania Municipal Assistance Program, with the borough of Mansfield and Covington Township to redo the multi-municipal comprehensive plan. The township's share would be $16,667 and if the township gets a grant of $4,167 from the Betterment Organization Of Mansfield, it will be $12,500.
Accepted a bid from Mobo Services to purchase a 1997 Freightliner 4,000-gallon-tank water truck for dust control for $26,500.
Set a public hearing to be held at 6:30 p.m. April 3 to adopt a new ordinance, including RV park language, set backs, new building height restrictions and a commercial zone extension along South Main Street.