Towanda Twp. passes 2013 budget

At their meeting this week, the Towanda Township supervisors adopted a final $584,938 township budget for 2013, which includes no change in the township tax rates, the township secretary/treasurer said.

The budget includes a tentative plan for spending the $205,928 in impact fee revenue that the township received this year, said Lori Kepner, township secretary/treasurer.

Most, if not all, of this year's revenue from the impact fee will be used for road maintenance, such as tar-and-chipping of roads, she said.

It's possible that some of the impact fee revenue could be used for a planned sewer line extension for a section of Liberty Corners Road that is located between the Towanda Creek bridge and Woodside Road, she said.

There could also be residences on Tip Top Road included in the sewer project.

The impact fee is levied on gas drilling companies.

Fetterman elected president of Towanda School Board

At its re-organizational meeting this week, the Towanda School Board elected Robert Fetterman as its president and Evelyn Sherburne as its vice-president.

Fetterman was the only school board member nominated for president, and Sherburne was the only nominee for vice-president, said Doreen Secor, the school district's business manager.

Another attempt is being made to sell the Mulberry Street School, which the school district is no longer using, she said.

The school board on Monday approved a legal advertisement that solicits sealed bids for the sale of the school, she said.

Trehab Center Inc.'s option to purchase the school has ended, she said. Trehab had applied twice for funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority to develop the Mulberry Street School property, but its application was turned down both times.

Trehab had wanted to construct a $9 million, 35-townhouse development on the site.

Trehab had proposed ending the option agreement if its application for funding was rejected the second time, in order that the school district would be free to sell the school to another buyer.

The Towanda School Board also set the dates of its meetings in 2013.

As a rule, the school board will meet at 7 p.m. on the second and third Mondays of each month, and those meetings will take place in the Towanda Area Elementary School.

However, there are several exceptions. Specifically, the first meeting in January will be a board retreat, and the second meeting in February will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 19. In December, there will be only one meeting, which will be held the first Monday of the month, and there are no meetings in July.