LACKAWAXEN TWP. - Lackawaxen Township has purchased a new wheel loader. At the September township meeting, Supervisor Chairman Michael Mancino said the board chose a Caterpillar Wheel Loader 926m at a cost of $160,182. Accessories included a pallet fork, a snowplow and a 2.7 cubic yard bucket. The loader was budgeted for this year and so, the needed funds are available. The board hasn’t made any “capital purchases” over the last year and nine months he said.

Supervisor Jeff Shook added that the township is in “dire need of equipment.” There are plans to sell one of the township’s presently owned pieces of equipment. Because equipment is needed, it would be purchased, possibly just in “drips and drabs.” Next year though, a new truck or a mini excavator will be bought. Because the equipment is “not up to par,” that is one reason the township didn’t go for plowing state roads he said.

To purchase such equipment, Supervisor Road Master Albert Beisel explained that he would work with dealers, try the equipment out and then find the best price. But, he acknowledged that the lowest price isn’t always chosen because simply “some are junk.” Mancino added that the township belongs to Costar, which is a program where the township wouldn’t have to go through a bid process. In this instance, Beisel said they tried out multiple tractors and made their choice. The machine is brand-new.

Also discussed:

The township has made an agreement with Case Contracting to maintain the township roads in the northern part of the township Mancino said. The contract has been continued for 2017/2018 for winter maintenance.

The board approved the payment of bills in the amount of $39,010.80.

Woodloch Springs

The board also approved the expenditures from the escrow account for the conditional use review for Woodloch Pines outdoor recreation.

Woodloch Springs was granted approval for a land development for an ice skating pavilion and go-kart recreation area

The board approved Ordinance 110 that was created for the benefit of volunteers who live in Lackawaxen Township and serve the fire departments and other emergency medical services in or adjacent to the township.

The board decided to give $1,500 for the second pumpkin party to be held October 28 at the township building. Last year the board gave $1,000, but because the food was donated from one person, it was decided relying on them again wasn’t fair.

(For more meeting items read the Saturday print edition of The News Eagle.)

The next Lackawaxen Township supervisors’ meeting will be Monday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the township offices on Urban Road.