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An action taken Oct. 13 was rescinded Oct. 27 by the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors. At the first meeting solicitor John Lisko had advised bidding out labor for the replacement of a bar screen for the headworks at the wastewater treatment plant. The supervisors voted to let the manufacturer of the materials do the work. Last week, at Lisko's urging, the board reversed its decision and approved bidding out the labor, expected to cost over $10,000.

Before the ink was dry accepting the resignation of Dirk Mowen from the Park Committee, another person was approved for the volunteer position. Mark Goldbach was present at the meeting and said as newly-retired from the Department of the Interior he was interested in helping out. He saw outdoor recreation as important for the community. He was approved unanimously by Curtis Myers, Rick Baer, Samuel Miller and James Byers. Fred Young III was absent.

Park updates

Antrim Township Community Park was again the topic of discussion. Centura Associates, an architectural firm in Chambersburg, had previously spoken with Miller, and said it could perform the task of drawing up professional plans for a block concession stand for $3,850. The supervisors agreed to the figure and will move forward with constructing the two-story building with local materials and labor, rather than purchasing a pre-fab cedar structure through the state of Pennsylvania.

The board accepted recommendations of the park committee for its 2010 budget — to provide funds to paint the barn at ATCP, repair the foundation, install a galvanized steel swinging arm gate at the park exit, and have the road crew fix drainage problems near Martin's Mill Bridge.

It will also proceed with creating a short trail with funds donated by the Greencastle Rotary Club several years ago.

Other business

Administrator Brad Graham asked that a finance committee be formed to help him and secretary/treasurer Mary Klein with the budgeting process, review of bank statements and input on investments.

Miller was opposed at first. "We're appointed to make that decision. It's a waste of time."

Graham clarified that he wanted two supervisors on the committee, not citizens, to discuss items and make recommendations to the whole board. It was another level of oversight.

Baer and Miller were receptive to that kind of committee. Byers suggested discussing the concept again before making a decision. It was postponed until the January reorganizational meeting.

The board met in executive session on litigation involving DEP and EPA regarding stormwater regulations. It voted 4-0 to hire an attorney with EPA experience if the matter is not resolved.