Public Hearing for Rutter's Store Held, Written Comments Accepted Until August 16th A public hearing for the proposed Rutter’s Store on Sabbath rest Road and East Pleasant Valley Boulevard was held August 4th. The hearing was to accept testimony regarding the company’s application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The permit is intended to assure that water quality impacts of the project are within the law. Eight individuals representing themselves and several organization spoke during the comment period. DEP also gave an overview of the project and the NPDES permit review process. Written comments, by the way, will be [...]
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Tax Credits Available to Farmers for Water, Soil Quality Investments The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for tax credits through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program for agricultural producers who implement best management practices or purchase equipment to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which enhances soil and improves the quality of Pennsylvania’s waterways. A total of $13 million is available to fund the tax credits. Recipients can combine the credits with other state funding, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, the Chesapeake Bay Program or Conservation Excellence Grants. Farmers may receive REAP tax credits of 50% to [...]
May Roadside Collection The township's annual woody trimmings collection will take place during the month of May. Tree and woody bush trimmings will be ground at the curbside throughout May, providing an alternative to burning tree trimmings. This collection is intended for trimmings and deadfall, not for entire trees. (Sorry, but we have to draw the line somewhere, as we have staff and equipment limitations.) That also means we have a three inch diameter limit at the curbside since our pull-behind chipper cannot do thick branches and trunks. The final collection week is the last full week of May, so please [...]
New Tax Office The tax office has moved from the township building to the new tax collectors office at 2331 West 13th Street in the Reightown section of the township. (The Township Code allows for the elected tax collector to choose an office location.) For a map and directions to the new office, visit our Tax Office page. Office Hours Monday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday: Appointment Only Wednesday: Appointment Only Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday: Appointment Only Longtime Tax Collector Retires Sue Kensinger, a fixture in the township tax office for more than three decades, did not [...]
The Recycling Drop-off site has been relocated to the back lot of the township building at 909 North Second Street. Enter at the southern most entrance to the township building closest to West Locke Street. Drop-off is welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please remove bottles and cans from plastic bags. The Compost Facility in Fostoria will now be for yard waste only and will require a fob to open the gate. Fobs will be available for sale during the month of April and will be needed for access after May 1, 2022. A valid fob will open the gate during [...]
Coal Waste Pile Work to Begin After two years of planning and preliminary work, the Kerbaugh Refuse Pile Project will begin in 2022. Funding is available through a grant program administered by the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Mines and is intended to cleanup legacy coal waste sites. The project will address up to 22 acres of what DEP calls Priority 2 Dangerous Pile Embankment (DPE) abandoned coal refuse in Antis Township, a short distance from the Little Juniata River south of Bellwood Borough. Much of the tree cover was removed in 2020 and the remainder will taken down this [...]
New Construction Projected for 2023 Planning for the long-awaited Logan Valley Streetcar Trail has continued through the second half of 2021 and early 2022. Seemingly minor right-of-way and stormwater issues with Norfolk Southern Railroad has been the primary source of the construction delay, originally projected for late 2021 or early 2022. Design of the trail is complete, but funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) cannot be released, and bids solicited, until the last details are finalized with the railroad. The township solicitor, township staff, and the township's consulting engineers have all been working toward resolution of the last few [...]
Greg Williams of Interfaith Power and Light works with several Penn State Altoona student volunteers along Bells Gap Run in the Bellwood-Antis Community Park. Williams not only led the coordination of the volunteers, but provided lessons to the younger workers so they'd better understand the importance of removing invasives and replacing them with native trees and shrubs. Interfaith Power and Light (IP&L), an ecumenical, faith-based environmental organization, has coordinated and facilitated hundreds of volunteer hours of help for the township to address invasive plants which plague our public land. IP&L has been a partner in the Chesapeake Bay [...]
Douglas Brown was named Township Manager in early autumn and began work on October 11th. With a Business degree from Penn State and a Accounting degree from Saint Francis University, his studies focused on financial services, management, and marketing. Doug brings considerable experience in financial management, also having spent the previous nine years at Northwest Bank, most recently as an Assistant Vice President for Business Banking in State College. He lives in Antis Township with his wife and two children.