Township authority must do archeological study

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Antrim Township Municipal Authority learned it has to abide by different rules than the general public. At the Sept. 29 meeting, public works director Carl Rundquist informed Bob Coladonato, Dale Hostetter and Rodney Eberly about a rule that applies to municipalities, but not to private property owners. Chad Murray was absent.

As ATMA determines the path for a sewer bypass along Shanks Church Road, one possibility is through a field owned by a township resident. Because a public entity is doing the project, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission requires it to conduct an archeological study. The cost could be $20,000 if a hole is dug every 50 feet to find out what lies beneath, said Rundquist. A less expensive option was to hire the farmer to plow and disk the pathway, making it easier for the archeologist to get through.

“They don’t expect to find anything,” he added.

If anything historically valuable was found though, he said, PHMC would advance to Phase II, which would mean more cost.

The board approved Rundquist’s request to take a four-inch diesel pump and an emergency generator to the Marion auction at the end of October.

“The pump hasn’t run in ten years,” he said. “The generator has been replaced and it’s older than dirt. I’m concerned about finding parts for both.”