Deerfield Township supervisors held a public hearing concerning the Agricultural Security, then approved adding 1,327.28 acres to the ag security area.
The 1981 act was developed to strengthen Pennsylvania agriculture and was meant to protect farmers from nuisance ordinances and to protect high-quality farm land from sub division. Five farming family requested being added to the security area bringing the total protected acres to 6,273.47 for the township.
During the monthly meeting following the hearing, supervisors agreed to spend $850 for a 30- by 50-foot sign with one-inch letters to explain the importance of the mural at the township building at Academy Corners. Council also agreed to sell bicentennial T-shirts for $2.50 on the internet with shipping covered by the purchaser at the recommendations of the Historic Records Preservation Committee spokeswoman Marilyn Bess.
Bess also mentioned that the government is hiring census takers for the 2020 census noting that applications are to be made online.
The supervisors received word from the Department of Environmental Protection that Kenneth Adams of Hunter Road had been informed that to bring his property into compliance with PA Solid Waste Management Act, burning solid waste needs to stop. Adams was directed to remove the remaining solid waste and ash to a permitted solid waste disposal facility and provide copies of receipts as proof of disposal.
Supervisors also learned that the Act 13 fund for 2018 had been received and is up from $68,763.80 in 2017 to $74,140 for 2018. Supervisor Roger Bacon said that is up from $30,000 at the beginning, noting the funds allowed the township to complete Grubb and Morehouse roads.
Work on the Dirt and Gravel Road Project on the Grubb Road is complete; the supervisors or awaiting final review. Other work was done on the remainder of the Grubb Road as well as the Morehouse Road. A slide on the Butler Hill Road has also been addressed.
Deerfield Township supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5.