Officials Approve $56,700 for New Lawn Mower
By: Patti Martin
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, June 18, 2015
DINGMANS FERRY- After much discussion and research. Township supervisors agreed on the purchase of a new lawn mower.
The Jacobsen Model R311T will be used to mow over 10 acres of land the township is responsible for maintaining. It features an 11-foot area rotary, with three decks, and a turbo Kubota diesel engine.
Supervisors compared this model to a Toro and a John Deere. Asst. Treasurer Krista Predmore noted that all three were very similar, by after testing all three, maintenance workers preferred the Jacobsen, and thought it would be lower maintenance costs in the future.
Supervisors were advised this mower would cut down the current time it takes to mow by 12 hours each week. This could save the township money.
Supervisor Bob Luciano agreed to the new mower on the contingency that the old one be sold. He stated,, “I’d like to see it help with the cost. It’s not being used.”
Supervisors then agreed to spend an additional $705 to purchase solid rubber tires for the Jacobsen.
Supervisors also approved additional spending for landscaping at Akenac Park. They will pay $3,225 to Tree Tech for tree trimming services, and $350 to Tru-Green for vegetation control.
Additionally at the meeting, supervisors approved the use of Akenac Park to several activities. One of interest was a ballet class. Supervisor Tom Ryan joked, “I’ve been working on my pirouettes,” and then added on a serious note, “I think it’s good. The woman running it seemed really excited.”
The ballet class will meet three times a week, with two hour sessions in the recreational building at Akenac Park. All participants need to have signed waiver forms. The supervisors were all invited to attend.
They also approved the park for a fundraiser for the Birchwood Lakes Swim Team. On Saturday, July 25, they will hold a tricky tray and pig roast from 12-7p.m.
Also at the supervisors meeting last Wednesday night, Ryan announced that the food pantry is in great need.
He stated, “The food is down to a level that is not good. It’s very bad actually.” He encouraged residents to make donations of either food or money. Any donation may be dropped off at the township building. For more information, residents may call 570-828-7411.
The next township meeting will be June 24, at 6pm in the township building.