The Fell Twp. Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget for 2011 at a meeting last week which does not increase taxes.


The Fell Twp. Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget for 2011 at a meeting last week which does not increase taxes.
The $580,609 budget keeps the township millage rate at 12.1 mills and also includes a $100 garbage fee credit for all owner/occupied residences.  Businesses are excluded from receiving the credit.  The average homeowner in Fell Twp. pays about $300 in taxes and garbage fees annually.
The budget’s largest expenditures are $225,000 for garbage collection, $110,000 for the garbage credit, and $71,000 for public works projects.
Board chairman Ron Cosklo told the NEWS that the $370,000 cost for the replacement of the Morse Ave. Bridge (also known as the Fab Weld Bridge) was budgeted from the township’s capital fund.  He noted that the plans for the project have been submitted to PennDOT for review. 
Supervisor Ann Marie Torch made the motion to approve the budget, and she was joined in supporting it by supervisor Joseph Trichilo and Cosklo.
In another matter last week, the supervisors thanked and congratulated Michael Kluck on the completion of his Eagle Scout project in the township, which involved checking the Christmas lights as well as moving, loading and helping with the installation of them.  He was assisted by Scoutmaster Joseph Scotchlas and fellow troop members Stephen and Charles White, Dennis Halstead and Corey Evarts.
“Their contribution to the township is appreciated,” Torch offered.
In other matters last week, the supervisors:
•reported being notified that the Department of Conservation has approved an earth disturbance plan for Rosewood Acres (Thornton) and authorized the erection of homes on that site;
•addressed parking violators, noting that courtesy signs have been placed on vehicles found to be in violation and warning that citations will follow;
•reported on the Home Improvement Program that one is under construction and one is in the process, with one more possible;
•reminded residents that sprinklers are required in all new homes starting Jan. 1.