Board meets with forester

YEAGERTOWN – The Derry Township Board of Supervisors spoke at its Monday meeting with a service forester from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources regarding the creation of a plan for selecting trees for Kish Park.

The board spoke with Gerald Hoy about options of what to do with the park. Hoy recommended the board spread the planting of trees over a period of years and that it diversifies which trees it plants.

The board is currently looking for one more telephone bid for the ash tree removal in the park. The board has two bids but is waiting on a third.

The ash trees are being removed because of an infestation of emerald ash borer.

The board opened bids on road materials, fuel oil/gasoline and pipe which it turned over to the manager and roadmaster. The board opened bids for the sale of logs at the park but rejected both offers they received.

Ordinance 2013-2 was approved by the board which establishes compensation for elected tax collector to be set at 3.5 percent.

The board approved a motion to advertise a vote on the potential adoption of the Police Mutual Aid Agreement.

The agreement was discussed at the most recent Mifflin County Regional Police Department board meeting with District Attorney Dave Molek and will allow cooperating police departments to make arrests in other jurisdictions regarding DUI and drug task forces.

In other business, the board:

– Approved a motion to make a budget amendment to transfer $5,000 from the capital reserve fund to the park fund to cover tree removal.

– Approved a motion to change box alarm assignments for the East Derry Fire Company.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at their building in Yeagertown.