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Falls Supervisors Move Forward on Spring Projects

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors is taking a proactive approach to undertaking several spring outdoor projects aimed at improving residents’ quality of life.

The board unanimously awarded a bid from Jimmy’s Tree Landscape Contractors, LLC for tree trimming and removal of Ash trees stricken by Emerald Ash Borers. Supervisor Brian Galloway was absent.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan in 2002. Adult beetles eat ash foliage. The larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, which disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, essentially killing the tree.

Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said the tree removal is concentrated on handling the problems resulting from the Ash Borers. Where possible, he said new trees would be planted to replace those removed. Over the past several years the township has planted about 700 trees, he said.

In addition to Pennsylvania, the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in 34 states. Since its discovery, the beetle has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

Jimmy’s Tree Landscape Contractors, LLC was the lone bidder for Falls’ tree work. Township Manager Peter Gray said another municipality told him they had been satisfied with the company’s work. Some of the pricing is less than the township had paid previous tree vendors, Gray said. The company’s half-day rate is $975 and full-day rate is $1,780. The emergency hourly rate is $330, as compared to the $425 emergency hourly rate paid to a previous contractor and the crane hourly rate is $225 per hour as compared to $350 per hour previously.

In other business, the Supervisors awarded a three-year contract from 2019 through 2021 for landscaping services at Falls Township properties to WDB Lawn and Garden. The company’s bid was less than half of that of the other bidder, totaling $69,736 for all three years.

With warmer weather on the horizon, the Supervisors continued their money-saving practice of buying Pinewood Pool supplies through the Bucks/Mont Aquatic Consortium. Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews said the township will save $1.25 per 50-pound bag of soda ash this year with the cost reduction to $15.50 per bag. Chlorine costs rose slightly from $1.18 per gallon last year to $1.47 this year and hydrochloric acid increased by 50 cents per five-gallon container.

Still, Andrews said that purchasing chemicals and supplies through the consortium has “saved us a lot of money.”

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