Abington discusses pavilion, grant

First Posted: 3/17/2010

Abington Twp. Manager Bill White met with architect Bill Davis regarding the pavilion project. Davis has recommended charcoal grills and purchasing double grills to enable more users. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Trail Grant application is on hold. The Countryside Conservancy has a crew that could install the trail in at a very minimal cost. If the township can get an easement, they will be able to expand the trail themselves and will have no need for a grant.
If they were to apply for the grant, the issue of handicapped accessibility on the trail would be a concern. White explained that some trails create a three- to four-foot wide path of gravel for wheelchair accessibility. However, the trail does not extend as far into the woods.
Thomas James, Director of Public Works has been looking further into the township lagoon pollution problem. He has been in contact with an engineer who has extensive knowledge of the problem and will visit the township for a second time. He has suggested more testing of the chemical levels and more air flow through the water. At the moment, the township will be using water hyacinth to fight the phosphorus levels.
The Abington Township ordinances have been advertised. There have been no call-backs regarding the proposed ordinances.
The fire grant is progressing. Six men from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy have formed a committee to oversee the activities at the fire training grounds.

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