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Sparrow Lake News - a dis-atlvantages, niaga-iues Controller...
a dis-atlvantages, niaga-iues Controller Withdraws Objections to Building Of the Proposed Roads "f WASHINGTON, Pa., July 11.-Thomas 11.-Thomas 11.-Thomas J. Underwood, Washington county controller, lias gone on a month's vacation to Sparrow Lake, Canada. Before leaving he withdrew from the position which he took several several weeks ago, in refusing to advertise advertise for bids for the construction of several important county bridges, authorized by the commissioners, and also to the signing of certain road contract agreements between the county and the State Department of Highways. The advertisement for the bids for these bridges has already been published and road agreements was signed by him before ho left one to be signed by his chief deputy during his absence. The matter of the controller's stand in these matters came to the attention of the public recently when the commissioners commissioners gave out for publication a statement of their side .of the matter, and averring that Mr. Underwood's refusal refusal to advertise these bridges or sign these agreements was seriously affecting affecting tlie road program for this year. The State Department of Highways in letters sent the county authorities, clearly indicated that the state Was not pleased with the delay on the part of this county. The commissioners were put iu an embarrassing position for the reason that they, in appreciation appreciation of the consideration the Highway Department had given the county in the matter of extensive aid for road work, had met every allocation of road funds to this county. On the William Penn highway project, project, for which the state is paying all the cost, the work had progressed to the point where ft was necessary that! something be don as to the bridges the county must build on that route. It was necessary that bids be received and contracts let at once for these bridges. The controller, in answer to the commissioners, took the position that he had not acted on the matters for the reason there was not sufficient funds to do the work. He called attention attention to the lack of funds in the general general account, and that money had been transferred from the road account to the general account and that, loans also had been made to tide business over until the taxes came in. The commissioners replied that it; was not unusual at this time of the year to have to borrow money, pending pending the receipt of taxes. Their contention contention was that in the budget lor this year these matters in dispute had been provided for, and considered in the tax levy. Therefore, while the money was not actually in the treasury, yet the county could be confident it would be there when these contracts were completed. The controller, just before he left, met with the commissioners and told them he would withdraw from the position position he had taken. The commissioners commissioners say no concessions were made to the controller to induce him to change his mind. - One road already advertised, bids for which will be received up to noon of .Tuesday, July 31, is the Dcems-Bentleyvillo Dcems-Bentleyvillo Dcems-Bentleyvillo road. West'. Pike Run township, beginning at the present residence of W. A. Deems, and extending extending northwardly towards Betitlcyville, a distance of 7,400 feet. On that same date bids will be opened opened for these bridges. McBride bridge, Raccoon creek No. 9, a reinforced concrste arch of 40 feet span and 27 feet, 6 inches roadway. roadway. McDonald Water Works bridge, Raccoon creek No. 10, encased beam and concrete bridge 4i feet 7 inches span and 2;! foot roadway. Baviugton bridge, Raccoon 'creek No. 18, a reinforced concrete arch o 6(1 feet span und 2:! feet roadway. Gaston villc bridge, Peters c reek No-3, No-3, No-3, an encased beam and concrete bridge 44 feet spun and 23 feet roadway. roadway. : ,

Clipped from The Daily Notes14 Jul 1928, SatPage 2

The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania)14 Jul 1928, SatPage 2
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