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Springfield greenlights purchase of roadside mower


Springfield supervisors authorized the township to purchase a new roadside mower following a crash on Keystone Road last month that totaled the previous one.

The driver of the car involved in the accident claimed she was distracted. Supervisors initially voted 4-1 to purchase a new mower, but were told the vote had to be unanimous because the item was not on the agenda. Supervisor Robert Zisko, who felt Richland Township could help out during the remainder of the growing season, later amended his “no” vote. The new machine is expected to cost about $24,000.

In other news, several local organizations and township bodies made their annual budget requests. The administration has requested $2,000 to repair its cumbersome phone system, which may require rewiring the township building.

Richland Township Fire and Rescue, which receives up to 22 percent of its calls from Springfield, made its annual request of $10,000 toward a replacement fire truck. That truck will cost between $800,000 to $900,000, according to its spokesman, who said the company was also appealing to area businesses to help cover costs.

“Can’t you buy a used one?” inquired Supervisor Karen Bedics.

The spokesman replied that his organization was looking for something with longevity. “We have to think 20 to 30 years out.”

The company also appealed for a one-time payment of $20,000 for medical equipment.

Ryan Pankoe of Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Service said his service continued to hemmorhage money because residents chose to keep $40,000 in insurance checks rather than reimburse his organization. In Springfield, that amounted to more than $8,000.

UBREMS is requesting $95,000 in funding from the township, a 1.2 percent increase from last year. Employee salaries, which total $646,000, constitute the bulk of the organization’s costs.

Finally, the township’s Environmental Advisory Council is seeking $2,500 in funding for an electronics and paper recycling event scheduled for next spring. The event will be open to all members of the public.

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