CANTON TWP. - Canton Township and PennDOT are scratching each other's backs in the tried-and-true Agility program.

Both parties were in Agility discussions at this week's township meeting.

According to Warren Knapp, county maintenance manager for PennDOT, the Agility program is an exchange of services between an eligible partner and PennDOT. All municipal governments are eligible to become a partner in the program, he said.

"Through Agility, PennDOT and eligible local community organizations and governments trade 'services for services,'" the PennDOT website notes. "This arrangement enables both parties to stretch limited resources and foster cooperative relationships."

With the Canton Township supervisors, the proposed exchange of services involves the township mowing roadsides on all or portions of several state routes, with PennDOT seal coating all or portions of several township roads, including Glory Barn Road, Pratts Mill Road, Lycoming Street, South Avenue, Preston Road, North Street, Landis Road, Buchanan Road and McMurray Road.

At this week's meeting, Knapp and Joe Saxe, an assistant manager, worked with the supervisors in selecting the roads to be included.

Of the projects being discussed, Knapp stressed "these are proposed activities for a work plan, until it is signed by all three parties." Those parties are the township supervisors, PennDOT, and the AFSCME labor union representation.

"If all goes well, we may have the opportunity to have all of the roads listed above for Canton Township sealed by the end of the seal coat season, which is usually August 31, but may be later is weather conditions are favorable," he said, when asked for comment. "The Township would have to complete the required number of mowing cycles by the end of 2014."

The total value of the work is $26,687, according to Saxe.

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