RICE TWP. — Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Eyerman addressed the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday requesting definitive answers regarding the future of the township’s embattled fire department.
The township is awaiting counsel from the state to determine the best course of action in either decertifying the department, or merging with Dorrance and Wright townships’ departments or both.
Eyerman said supervisors have not authorized the payment of a purported $11,000 to the department through June, even though the money had been budgeted by unanimous accord for the present year.
“I don’t understand what the problem is,” said Supervisor Marsha Thomas. “We have a million dollars in our account and we voted to budget this money for the fire department last year. What’s the hold up?”
Board Chairman Miller Stella said there would be no lapse in fire coverage and emergency services while a final decision about the fire department is proposed and voted on by the supervisors.
In other business, the board:
• Awarded the contract for the Heslop Road resurfacing project to low bidder Pennsy Supply at a bid of $102,242.
• Voted unanimously to conditionally approve Presidential Land Co.’s request for its Woodberry Phase 3 project, provided the company complies with all prerequisite conditions as set forth by the board.