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Springfield okays Septa rail-trail agreement


Anxious to be out of the path of a potential tornado, Springfield supervisors plowed through the township agenda in record time.

Despite some reservations from Supervisor Tony Matzura, the board approved the rail-trail agreement with the county by a vote of 3-1.

Under the terms of the deal, the township will be responsible for routine maintenance on its section of the 7.5-mile amenity and any repairs up to $10,000.

Supervisor Robert Zisko, the sole no vote and a relentless critic of the project, asked whether the township had to be on the 30-year lease with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority or Septa, which owns the former rail line.

Under the contract Township Manager Mike Brown replied that because Springfield owns roads that cross the trail, it was obligated to sign it.

Questions remain about who will maintain the trail – the road crew, contract workers or a combination of the two, and how police will access parts of the walking and biking trail in a timely manner.

Board members also approved more than $14,000 for new windows for the township building. Manager Brown explained that some windows were beset by leaks, didn’t open fully, or not at all. They also awarded a $125,000 sealcoating contract to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions for 3.9 miles of work.

And after 30 minutes, Supervisor Karen Bedics wrapped up the meeting with a rap of the gavel.