Photo by Ted Lutz
Shell has purchased property (seen on left) to expand Detrick Road at its intersection with Route 6 near the Family Drive-In (seen in background).
Plans call for the widening of a section of Detrick Road where it intersects with Route 6 near the Family Drive-In in Wetmore Township.
Shell is acquiring property at the intersection to enlarge the entrance of the road that leads to its Marcellus Shale natural gas well.
Once the intersection is expanded and inspected, the township will become responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the road.
Chris Byham, a Warren attorney who serves as the solicitor for the township, said in a letter that the township should "carefully inspect the expanded portion of the road" to make sure the work meets specifications. He said the inspection should take place before the Board of Supervisors adopts a resolution to take responsibility for the road.
A new utility pole already has been installed at the site of the intersection expansion.
Township Supervisors Steve Dyne, Bill Ryding and Elaine Bodistow discussed the pending project at their meeting Tuesday.
In other business at the 98-minute meeting at the township building, the supervisors:
*Agreed to a proposed change in the selection of members for the five-member Kane Borough Sewer Authority.
Under the present guidelines, the board includes four members from the borough and one from the township.
The proposed change calls for three members from the borough, one from the township and one "at-large" member from either the borough or township.
The proposed change needs approval from both the Kane Borough Council and the authority before it would take effect.
The proposed change is designed to make it easier to find volunteers to serve on the board.
A vacancy occurred in December with the unexpected death of Jim Salvamoser, chairman and longtime member of the authority.
Borough Council President Howard Kane is temporarily filling the vacancy because no one from the borough expressed an interest in the position.
*Following a discussion, approved a payment of $500 to Rich Lyle of R&V Tree Service of West Wind Road, Wetmore Township.
Dyne, who is the volunteer roadmaster for the township, assigned Lyle to remove what he termed a hazardous tree on Old Mill Road.
During the discussion, Ryding said Dyne should have sought approval from the other supervisors before authorizing the work. Ryding said involving all three supervisors in the decision is proper for "checks and balances."
Dyne said he took it upon himself to have the tree cut and removed because it was creating a hazard with dead branches falling on the road.
*Received a written report from roadmaster Dyne. In his report, he said a "combined" order for pipe for fiveÂ township roads saved $767.
Despite the savings, Ryding said Dyne should have consulted with himself and Bodistow because all purchases over $1,000 call for board approval.
*Approved a payment of $100 to Allied Systems of Kane for repairs for the furnace at the township building.
Dyne questioned why this expenditure wasn't first brought before the full board for approval.
See full article by purchasing the April 6 edition of The Kane Republican.