VERNON TOWNSHIP — Supervisors approved the purchase of a nearly $108,000 10-ton dump truck at Thursday's meeting.

The 2020 International HV507 vehicle will be purchased from Five Star International in the amount of $107,963.21. Supervisors also approved spending $40,109 for U.S. Municipal to outfit the truck to meet township needs.

The truck is used for road maintenance, such as snow removal in the winter and fixing potholes in the summer.

The new vehicle replaces a 20-year-old truck.

In other business, supervisors set a public meeting for 7:15 p.m. March 6 to hear plans from Sheetz Inc. for a $1.2 million remodeling project at its store near the "Big I" intersection. 

Township Manager Rob Horvat gave an update about the Smock Bridge issue regarding snow removal on the pedestrian walkway. The Public Utility Commission has approved plans created by Vernon and West Mead townships and the city of Meadville.

The trio agreed to close the walkway when necessary because of snow and dangerous conditions and will work on an agreement to clear the snow following a large snowfall. Crawford Area Transportation Authority is also available during the winter for free bus rides across the bridge when conditions are bad.

Horvat also spoke about attending a meeting with PennDOT regarding the schedule for the roundabout at the Big I intersection. Contracts are to be awarded April 1. A detour will be in effect from June 18 to Aug. 2 for Route 198.

Traffic will be maintained in reduced lanes during construction with much of the work to be done during evening hours.

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