Township's new website is now online but remains unfinished
Monroe Township's new website is online, but it remains a work in progress.
Township trustee Troy Hendren said the website, MonroeTownship.net, might look a little barren for the time being as staff members and trustees slowly add content and photos.
"We're slowly adding things to it," Hendren said. "We're just now getting it going."
The site features contact information for elected officials and department heads, a link to the fire department and information about roads, cemeteries and the Monroe Township community. The site also features zoning information, including staff contacts and fees for various zoning permits.
Hendren said the site features a contacts section where anyone could email a comment or a request directly to the trustees. As work continues, he said, the township will continue to add features, possibly including minutes and agendas from trustee meetings.
In other township news, the Woodhaven Road project will be completed within days, Hendren said.
"We're very happy with the project," he said, adding that it already be finished already if it weren't for so much rainfall. Last year, the township received federal Issue 1 grant money for improvements to Woodhaven Road, between Clover Valley and Croton roads. The project includes widening the roadway and reconstructing culverts and ditches along that stretch.
Hendren said the trustees will apply for Issue 1 funding to improve Green Mill Road next year and Downing Road the following year. He said the township should finish tar chipping all of Edwards and Fancher roads within 30 days. Hendren said those are the two most heavily traveled township roads.
"That's all we can afford this year," he said.
Hendren also said that with landowners' help, the township successfully removed the remains of a fire-damaged house from a Duncan Plains Road property, as well as an uninhabitable house trailer on Duncan Plains. He said another uninhabitable house trailer is due to be removed within 30 days.
"We really appreciate the landowners' cooperation," he said, adding that although it's the landowners' responsibility to remove derelict structures from properties, the trustees could recommend a suitable contractor to complete the work.
The Monroe Township Fire Department hired two more part-time firefighters/EMTs.
"The department still really needs volunteers," though, Hendren said.
Hendren also praised the men and women of the Johnstown Fire Department Association Inc. for a successful 2013 Fireman's Festival held June 19-22.