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Franklin Township gets FEMA funds
At their April 2 meeting, the Franklin Township trustees approved the purchase of a new backhoe using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dollars.
The township qualified for more than $50,000 after clearing debris from the Sept. 14, 2008 windstorm. A backhoe usually costs $90,000, but through the state, the township may purchase one for half that, said Trustee Tim Guyton.
The trustees will place the current 1984 backhoe in front of the township offices and collect sealed bids from any parties interested in purchasing it.
The backhoe will join three retired police vehicles for which the township also seeks sealed bids - two 2003 Crown Victorias and one 1997 Jeep Cherokee.
Other Franklin Township news
•Franklin County will resurface two township avenues this summer - Hopkins and Ransburg from Harrisburg Pike to Brown Road. The county estimates the repairs to Hopkins to cost around $86,000 and the repairs to Ransburg around $25,000, said Franklin Township road supervisor Jim Stevens.
The county will gather bids for the two projects and if the prices are lower than estimated, the township may also consider repairing Rosemont and/or El Paso, Stevens said.
•Franklin Township will suspend brush pick-up from April 20-29 to enable the road department to collect any leaves that residents may have still from last fall. To schedule a pick-up of brush or leaves, residents should call the township office at 279-9411. Brush must not exceed five inches in diameter nor 10 feet in length.
•The Franklin Township Fire Department will flush hydrants in the township and Valleyview from April 13 through May 14. Flushing will be done Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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