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December 11, 2016
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A Damascus spring

Operations Supervisor Steve Adams defended the highway department against charges of apathy and neglect from a resident complaining about poor road conditions and numerous road closure signs. Adams accounted for the signs, saying that state law decrees that they be placed on any road that represents a danger to drivers and vehicles. He explained further that the severe buckling, sinking and potholes found on many area roads is due to residual moisture beneath road surfaces caused by frost leaving the ground. Until sunshine and warmer air temperatures dry the roadbeds, driving heavy highway department trucks over them will cause additional damage to road surfaces. He added that a long-term solution to the problem would be to trim roadside foliage, permitting more direct sunlight on road surfaces. At the same time, he acknowledged that tree elimination is extremely unpopular with residents.

Adams’ request to hire two additional summer highway department workers was approved by the board. Envisioned as college students (male or female) capable of operating weed whackers, mowers, power washers and spray paint machines, the temporary workers will be paid $10 per hour or less, per Pennsylvania state law.

Gardeners are being sought to plant individual plots in the Damascus Community Garden at 554 Galilee Rd., scheduled to open on May 15. An outreach program of Damascus Methodist churches, the community garden is intended to make organic gardening space available to township residents who currently have no access to arable land. Plots of varying sizes are available at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested, call Doris Swendsen at 570/224-4178.