Cranberry Twp. searching for Morrison Park volunteers

Cranberry Township is looking for volunteers to help maintain flower plots at Morrison Park.

The announcement was made at a meeting of township supervisors Thursday night.

The township’s flower club maintains the plots and needs some help, chairman Fred Buckholtz said. Also in attendance at the meeting were vice-chairman Harold Best and supervisor Jerry Brosius.

Anyone who is interested in helping the flower club may call the township at (814) 676-8812, or call Fred Buckholtz at (814) 676-3495. Please leave a message with a name and phone number when calling the township and someone will return the call.

At the meeting, township manager Chad Findlay updated supervisors with several other items of business. Among them:

  • The township is putting together playground equipment for installation at Moody Park.
  • Cranberry Township purchased a new tractor and mower that residents will see out on the roads in a few weeks. The tractor replaces an old piece of equipment and the money for its purchase was budgeted.
  • The township’s allocation in Community Development Block Grant funds for 2016 will be $104,996, a slight increase over last year. This money will be used for projects that benefit low- to moderate-income individuals. Pam Exley from the township recently attended a conference on CDBG funding.
  • Other township officials recently attended a meeting of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
  • The township received two insurance dividend checks – both in the amount of about $24,000 – for workers’ compensation and property.

In other business, supervisors approved the hiring of three people to help the township out with summer work. The hires are usually college students. They will start at $8 per hour with a .25 raise per year if they return to the summer job.

The summer workers assist the township with smaller jobs such as painting hydrants and grass mowing.

Two people have expressed interest in returning to the township for work over the summer and one new letter of interest has been received, Findlay said.

During the public comment period, a Cranberry resident dropped off some letters from residents regarding proposed zoning changes along Route 322 for the supervisors’ consideration.

Findlay said that he would make copies of the letters and give them to the township’s planning commission. That group’s steering committee is charged with developing Cranberry’s comprehensive plan and the proposed zoning changes are a part of that plan.

The next meeting of the Cranberry Township supervisors will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the municipal building.