Cranberry supervisors hear update on building projects
The Derrick, 9/28/01

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Money matters were the topics of conversation at a quick Cranberry Township supervisors meeting Thursday.

There have been 22 building permits issued this month for construction projects in the township, said Frank Pankratz, secretary-treasurer. The September permits account for an estimated $611,600 of new building, including $220,000 to construct a McDonald's Restaurant near Wal-Mart and $70,000 to renovate the main building at Dandy's Frontier amusement park into a Red River Roadhouse restaurant.

"That brings the total new construction to date this year to $3,167,500, which isn't a record for us but is pretty good. It includes 20 new homes," Pankratz said.

In other matters, the township has received nearly $1,500 from the state Game Commission for maintaining municipal roadways through 3,599 acres of state game lands in the township. It amounts to some 40 cents an acre.

Pankratz said the township will sponsor a bulk metal collection from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, behind the township building. Residents can take metal items to the location for disposal or recycling at no cost.

The sale of reflective metal signs bearing street addresses as required by the countywide 911 program is continuing at the Seneca fire hall. Nearly 1,200 signs, each priced at $12, have been prepared by fire department volunteers since the public service project started less than six weeks ago. Orders will be taken from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the fire station.

The fire department is also preparing a fund-raising letter for distribution to township residents on the new fire station under construction. The final cost for the 60-by-150-foot station is expected to be more than $400,000.

The department, though, needs more than money, according to the correspondence.

"In addition to firefighters, fire police and emergency personnel, we need people to help serve dinners, stuff envelopes, update computer data and do general maintenance," the department noted.

On the reverse side of the construction update letter is a form asking residents for information about their addresses, medical problems or disabilities, telephone numbers and related items.

"Even if they don't send a donation, we need their information so we can keep up," longtime fireman Jim Flaherty told the supervisors.