Wysox Township selects bid for FEMA backed road work

Wysox Township Supervisors T Thompson and William Them conduct a meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

WYSOX TOWNSHIP — The Wysox Township Board of Supervisors carried a motion to accept Insinger Excavating’s low bid for construction work repairing a collection of flood damaged roads in their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The August of 2018 floods created an estimated $500,000-$600,000 in damages to township roads including Fall Run Road, Glen Road, Harmony Hill Road one and two, and River Access Road. The roads suffered extreme erosion damage. A portion of Fall Run Road has been reduced to a one-lane road.

The township does not expect to have to foot the bill for the flood damage projects. The language on the contracts sent out to bid included a contingency that stipulates that the project would have to be paid for by FEMA, PEMA or a combination.

Township manager Jon Kulick said in the meeting that he expects representatives from FEMA to come and survey the damages on June 19 and give a final determination on if the agency would pay for the damages soon after. If FEMA declines to foot the bill for the roads, the township may cancel the awarded bid.

There were two bids opened for the road projects. MR Dirt bid $467,400.80 and Insinger Excavating bid $465,098. The motion to accept the low bid carried unanimously.

Also in the meeting, it was announced that two residents residing on Shiner Road had made it aware to the township that they would like to have signs that make it clear that brake retarders are prohibited. Township Manager Jon Kulick approached PennDOT to get permission to put up the signage and said that permission was granted.

“The next step is the township has to enact the ordinance and put the signs up,” Kulick said in the meeting.

Kulick and township officials are suspicious as to if the signs will help the issue of engine brakes being used because the township does not have a police force to enforce the restriction and would have to rely on state police to do so.

“The key to all of this is the enforcement,” Kulick remarked.

Township Supervisor Evan Barnes was curious as to why engine brakes were even being used on the flat Shiner Road that runs parallel to the Golden Mile behind Jeld-Wen.

A motion to submit the ordinance for PennDOT’s approval was carried.

The supervisors also passed an ordinance in the meeting that stipulates how much of the township’s recently enacted local services tax is to be dispersed to the Wysox Township Fire Department.

State law allows municipalities to enact a local services tax, or a tax on each person that holds a job in the township, as long as the municipality contributes at least 25% of the revenue from the tax to an emergency service provider.

The supervisors decided to allocate half of the revenue from the tax to the Wysox Township Fire Department via an ordinance. William Them and T Thompson voted to carry the motion to adopt the ordinance, Barnes abstained due to a conflict of interest. He serves as the Wysox Fire Department’s Assistant Chief.

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