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Forks Township Supervisors move ahead with new ladder truck for fire department

FORKS TWP., Pa. - The Forks Township Fire Department will be getting a new ladder truck in the near future.

The Forks Township Supervisors authorized the purchase of a brand new ladder truck for the fire department at a meeting on Thursday night. The new truck will cost $1.5 million.

The township analyzed ways to pay for the purchase. Finance director James Farley said that the township can tap into the sewer fund as well as the utility capital account. He said that account has an excess amount of funds.

Fire Chief Chuck Gallagher says that the new ladder truck will replace the 23-year-old truck currently in use. Gallagher says that the hydraulics on the old truck are deteriorating.

In other business, Richard Bartolacci was set to have a curative amendment hearing regarding a mixed-use apartment complex that he had proposed. Bartolacci was not present for the hearing.

Last year, Bartolacci proposed a "mini-city" on 4194 Sullivan Trail. The 47-acre piece of land would be occupied by a multi-use complex with over 400 apartments and 40,000-square feet of commercial space.

Supervisors and Bartolacci have long argued about the impact that the development would bring to the area, the main fear being increased traffic that local roads wouldn't be able to handle.

Supervisors had tabled the proposal, but Bartolacci filed a curative amendment challenging the township's zoning laws.

Township Solicitor Lisa Pereira said she would reach out to Bartolacci to reschedule the hearing to a later date. Pereira said she will offer a date in September when the next regular business meeting is scheduled.

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