COAL TOWNSHIP - During a brief regular meeting Thursday evening, Coal Township commissioners approved contracts for community development work and the purchase of fuel.

They voted unanimously to appoint Mullin and Longeran Associates, of Camp Hill, as the township's community development consultant and Larson Design Group, of Williamsport, as community development engineer. Both firms were awarded three-year contracts for assistance with the township's Community Development Block Grant.

Contracts for both heating oil and diesel fuel were awarded to Superior Plus Energy, of Paxinos. Miller's Gas and Oil, of Weigh Scales, also bid. In both bids, Superior Plus was lower. Prices quoted were per gallon over wholesale:

Heating oil - Superior Plus, 18 cents; Miller's 19.6 cents.

Diesel fuel, with both including the cost of diesel fuel additive with anti-gel - Superior Plus, 19 cents; Miller's, 20.1 cents.

"It is good to see that the prices are competitive, and I think this is the first time that Superior has won the contract in many years," board president Craig Fetterman said.

Commissioners named James Sanders sewage enforcement officer and Ken Young as the alternate sewage enforcement officer. Sanders' fee schedule was adopted with no change from last year.

Police and fire officials presented their year-end reports. Police Chief William Carpenter said officers responded to 804 incidents in 2013, handled 3,894 complaints and patroled more than 72,180 miles.

Fire Chief Russ Feese reported Coal Township responded to 249 calls in 2013 and 73 mutual aid calls, for a total number of 322 calls. Fire crews were in service 341 hours, 25 minutes, accounting for more than four thousand volunteer man hours.