New construction in Cranberry Township picked up in May.

Ben Breniman, the township zoning officer, told township supervisors at their meeting Thursday that his office had issued 15 building permits in May.

The newest filings listed an estimated construction value of $388,340. It is a jump from the $20,400 in estimated value posted for April.

The township official also commented on the pending zoning and property maintenance proceedings that have been focused on junkyard license infractions and maintenance issues involving abandoned vehicles, storage of junk, high grass and more.

Citations were issued to several property owners in March.

"The township won all the civil (zoning) cases," said Breniman. "On property maintenance, we are still waiting for hearing dates to be set."

Noting that township officials are intent on working with residents who have been cited, Breniman said, "Our goal is not to go to court but to clean up (the township). Some are making very good progress and we like to see that."

Rain is a problem

Township roadmaster Ted Williams said weather has kept road crews busy in the last several weeks.

"Rain - that's all we've been dealing with," said Williams, noting the work has included road grading, tree removal and clogged drains.

Mike Erwin, the utilities supervisor, faulted the weather, too.

"It's so wet we can't finish lawn repairs," he said. "We'll eventually get to it in August, maybe."

Recycling to end

Township manager Chad Findlay said the recycling bins located at the township building will remain in place until the end of June.

In May, the supervisors voted to discontinue the recycling program, open to all township residents. The half-dozen bins, in place for several years, were installed by Tri-County Industries of Grove City.

The reason for eliminating the service, said Findlay, was due to cost as well as changes in the recycling industry that have resulted in the elimination of some materials accepted for recycling.

In other matters Thursday:

n The supervisors voted to appoint Sam Cangemi to fill a vacancy on the township parks and recreation board.

n Township resident Bonnie Summers asked the supervisors to post a health-related notice on the township's website related to the prevalence of ticks and concerns about Lyme disease.

"It's really bad out there ... and very dangerous," she said.

Findlay said the township will select a public health notice and include it on the website.

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