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Wyalusing Supervisors Return to Routine Business

You might say that the monthly business meeting of the Wyalusing Township Supervisors Tuesday night, March 1, was a bit anticlimactic since it followed the dramatic conclusion of the conditional use process for the proposed Browntown industrial project.

After the television crews and most of the visitors departed, the supervisors held a short business meeting, approved payment of bills and huddled over a subdivision proposal by Homets Ferry resident, Gary Neiley.

Supervisors Art Allyn, Marvin Meteer and Lanny Stethers also listened to Secretary Maxine Meteer's reading of the minutes from two other conditional use hearings that have been overshadowed by the Hawbaker project. One of them will have a significant impact on Spring Hill—a large compressor station with electric generator and diesel backup adjacent to two other compressor stations already there. Access to this new site would be through the Tennessee Gas facility.

The other minutes were of a conditional use hearing for a contractors' yard just off Route 409 with the applicant being Central New York Oil & Gas, which is in the gas drilling business and needs a storage location for pipe and other items.

The three conditional use hearings held during the month of February, including the second Hawbaker hearing on Feb. 10, will cost the township $460 just in appearance fees for a stenographer. The largest bill was $260 for the Hawbaker hearing, which lasted more than four hours.

One of the orders of business and, hopefully, a sign of spring was the approval of Neuber Mowing to do the mowing and string trimming on all township properties.

"I'm tickled to death you're staying with us," said Allyn to Burt and Pat Neuber who were in attendance.

Most of the discussion during what was a relatively short meeting was about the township roads, with Chairman Meteer making note that this is the time of the year when you start to see a lot of deterioration on secondary roads. There are about 50 miles of township roads, and a large percentage of them are affected by gas well-related traffic. Meteer said that Chesapeake Energy continues to be very responsive in dealing with road issues brought to their attention. On the subject of repaving these deteriorating roadways, Meteer explained that Chesapeake doesn't feel the traditional top coating procedure will adequately withstand traffic. He said they are looking "at a different kind of road surface" that they feel will be more durable.

"This is a full-time job trying to keep track of these roads right now," Meteer said.

There were compliments extended to Maintenance Manager Jerry Cooley and his crew for the work they have done on snow removal, particularly in light of all the nuisance snows this winter.

In other township business, it was announced that they are expecting to set Saturday, April 16, as township cleanup day.

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