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BEAR CREEK TWP. — A new bus stop will mean additional revenue for the township after supervisors on Monday approved an arrangement that will allow a Martz Trailways pickup station near the township building.

Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution allowing the bus company to schedule regular pickups for some New York City, Philadelphia and Atlantic City trips in parking lots just off state Route 115 near the turnpike entrance.

While final details still need to be resolved, Martz General Manager Bob Chepalonis and the supervisors discussed an arrangement in which Martz ticket agents in the downtown station at the intermodal would sell a parking pass along with the passenger ticket that riders would display on the dash of their cars while they are parked in the township lot.

Insurance would be provided by Martz, and the fee collected would offset any additional costs of having cars parked during the day trips, according to discussion at the meeting.

If a suggested fee of $3 per car were collected, the arrangement could generate a possible $10,000 a year in revenue for Bear Creek, which Board Chairman Gary Zingaretti noted is approximately one tenth of the income generated from property taxes and more than the windmills.

It is anticipated the new bus pickup spots will be in service beginning late April and early May.

The supervisors also discussed several improvement projects in the township and approved soliciting bids for two paving projects and a park renovation.

Bids will be solicited for the paving of Weiss Road, while engineers are estimating how much of the project will be covered by a $175,000 gaming grant that the township successfully pursued after returning approximately the same amount from a previous grant that was in excess of the cost of a culvert repair project.

The township was unsuccessful in receiving state grant funds for the paving of roads in Laurel Brook, but will bid out the project in sections so that the work can be done to make best use of available township funds.

The board also approved bidding out improvements to Trailwood Park, including a paved walking trail, a small pavilion and steps on a steeply graded slope between the park and its parking lot.

In other business, the board approved two proposed subdivisions, one on Route 115 across from Forest Park and the other on Laurel Run Road. They also noted that pothole repairs will begin now that the weather is warming.

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