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Susky Bridge Not A “Priority”
By Barbara Whitehead

The turning lane on Main St. at the Exchange St. intersection has been blocked off for quite some time; the bridge that runs under Main St., across Drinker Creek is in need of repair or replacement. Work on it was delayed due to the scope of damage throughout the county from the June, 2006 flooding. Susquehanna Boro’s mayor, Denise Reddon has been determined about pursuing a definite answer from PennDOT, as to just when the work will be done. At the August 26 council meeting, Mayor Reddon reported that she has been told by a PennDOT official that the work is not on their immediate agenda. At this point, it looks like it may not even be put out to bid until at least 2012, and possibly not even then. The barriers cause traffic backups on Main St., and there is, the mayor said, the constant fear that the bridge will collapse. The mayor said that she had not personally been under the bridge, but had it on good authority that the beams are in bad shape; daylight can be seen through the deck. Council president Mike Matis said that he had been on a site inspection (with PennDOT) under the bridge, and that some of the beams had very large holes in them. PennDOT had placed the barriers to reduce the weight on the bridge at any one time, but there is still concern that some of the trucks that use the bridge are extremely heavy.

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Harford Budget Woes
By Ted Brewster

Last time, the Harford Township Supervisors announced that budget review would begin in September. They got an early start at the meeting on August 26, and Garry Foltz led off the discussion by saying, "I don't care for what I'm seeing... Some areas aren't looking good," referring to the current state of the township's finances. He said the township has been "slammed" with equipment repairs this year, and he said that the township "will end up over budget on legal this year," primarily due to work on the flood damage repair projects.

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