ATLAS - Mount Carmel Township supervisors expect to approve a $38.450 road work contract next month.

Chairman Charles Gasperetti, Joseph Zanella and Reynold Scicchitano voted Thursday to put the bid from M&J Excavation Inc., Bloomsburg, on file to allow time for solicitor Vincent Rovito to study it. If everything checks out, the bid could be awarded at the supervisors Aug. 13 meeting.

The township plans to do road restoration - milling six inches deep and putting down new paving materials - on Laurel, Mulberry and Saylor streets in Atlas; inlet work on Mulberry Street, and patching on Vermont Drive and Missouri Lane in Den-Mar Gardens.

M&J submitted the only bid.

In other business, supervisors voted unanimously to purchase three properties, 112, 116 and 118 W. Saylor St., for $1 each from the Northumberland County Tax Claims Bureau. The township is looking to tear down the blighted structures on those lots.

The board also approved making an offer of $2,500 to buy a property in the 100 block of Girard Street in Atlas. The owner is currently in bankruptcy court and the property is part of land to be used by the Northumberland County Housing Authority to build elderly housing in Atlas.

Supervisors also unanimously approved motions to approve an ordinance that better defines the code enforcement office and its duties, and to advertise and accept applications for a part-time maintenance worker.

Thursday's meeting, which lasted 10 minutes, was originally scheduled for July 16 but was canceled due to illness of two supervisors. It did not include any public comment period, which upset three members of the public in attendance. Gasperetti said the board was advised by Rovito that since it was a makeup meeting, supervisors only had to handle the business on the agenda. Public comment was allowed on agenda items.