SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Roadwork was the topic of discussion in the township Wednesday, when supervisors chose to maintain a different set of roads this year.

In a special meeting, the board approved a plan to put down a new type of dust control coating on Olive, Friedline and Oak roads this year.

"This is just like putting down oil, except we don't need to put down stone or chips, and it sets up rather quickly," said township roadmaster Jon Clements. "The only downside is that the material has to be put down at night."

The cost of doing all three roads is about $14,000, compared to a $28,000 cost for oil and chipping. On a Paul Rapp/Greg Rachau motion, the purchase and maintenance plan was approved on a 3-0 vote with Rapp, Rachau and John Klinger voting yes.

Money for the purchase will come from the township's road paving budget since supervisors rejected the only bid they received.

Projects that were scheduled for this year include seal coating and skin patching on Hosta, Old Reading and Larch roads, prime coating and seal coating on Spruce and Cactus roads and seal coating on a 150-foot patch on Linden Road.

According to a PennDOT estimate, the projects should have cost $155,182.90 to do, but the only bid came in at $194,810.56 from Midland Asphalt Materials, of Bloomsburg.

Solicitor Jim Bathgate told the supervisors they had two options: reject the bids or rebid the project. Clements told the supervisors there is no more time to rebid and do the project since all paving, per PennDOT directive, must be done by Sept. 15. Supervisors then elected to wait until next year.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to allow Northumberland County to sell a property along Route 61 at a county repository sale and to spend $1,500 to have Rose Road surveyed to established the township road's right-of-way, due to a possible future conflict over the road's usage.