Municipal Office Repaired After Explosion, Rapho Township Meeting Held

RAPHO TOWNSHIP, Pa. – In a significant development, the Rapho Township supervisors held their first meeting in the township municipal office since the explosion that occurred on July 5. The explosion had caused severe damage to the municipal office, leading to the relocation of meetings to temporary spaces. With repairs now completed, the municipal office is once again operational.

This meeting marked the end of the disaster emergency declaration that was put in place after the explosion. This declaration had granted the board certain powers to expedite the repair process, such as hiring temporary workers and purchasing supplies without lengthy procedures.

In addition to this, the supervisors agreed to purchase a property that adjoins the municipal complex land, which sustained heavy damage and was condemned due to the explosion. The decision to acquire this property for $180,000 is a significant step in the township’s rebuilding process.

The expansion of the recycling center was also on the agenda, with the supervisors approving the acquisition of additional land for this purpose. The intention is to expand the woody yard waste recycling facility, thereby improving traffic flow and separation for public works vehicles and residents.

In a change of auditors, the supervisors appointed White, Rudy LLC as the township’s new auditor, replacing Sager, Swisher and Company LLP.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the township municipal office. This marks a new chapter for Rapho Township as it continues to recover and rebuild after the devastating explosion.