WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — West Mead officials said they’re waiting to receive more advice from professional foresters before they further consider harvesting timber from apparently blighted trees at Oak Grove Park.

Roughly 60 trees have been marked for possible cutting at the township-owned public park. Officials said at a public work session Tuesday that they’re waiting for information from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources before taking any formal action on the matter.

Officials have said harvesting timber from some trees that are in the process of dying could eliminate related safety hazards, and possibly bring some revenue to the township. “We’re looking at a selective cut” project, Supervisor John Shartle said Tuesday. “We’re not there to butcher trees — (the park) will always be Oak Grove Park.”

In related news, officials are considering replacing portable toilets with permanent restroom facilities at Oak Grove Park. Shartle said the township was approached by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 members about the possibility of the club assisting in funding the project. For “as much as the park gets used” for various club and family functions, “it’s a good idea, and something we should consider,” said Shartle, adding township officials “have had our share of problems with those (current) portable bathrooms.”

In other West Mead news:

n Township supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to grant a five-year Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act credit to a new D and M Tool Co. machine shop at the West Mead Industrial Park. The credit will provide a five-year, incremental tax break for a 4,960-square-foot shop building planned for construction at the park, officials said. The building’s value is $162,423. Under the township’s LERTA program — aimed at encouraging business in commercially-blighted areas — the shop will pay taxes on 50 percent of its assessed value in the first year, and will pay 100 percent of assessed value-based taxes by the fifth year.

n Township residents wishing to have bagged leaves picked up by West Mead’s Road Department are to call the township building at 336-1271 to arrange a pickup date and time.

n Trick-or-treat night in West Mead has been scheduled for Oct. 26 from 6 to 7:30.

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