They can't cut the cost of lumber, wiring, plumbing, or a roof.
But Fulton Township's supervisors are working on a plan to reduce the amount people pay before they build.
Early next month, they will revise the township's storm water management ordinance.
Fulton's crew spends most of its days making the township roads smoother.
On Tuesday, May 28, there were adding bumps rather than taking them out.
Working with Long's Paving, the township added two permanent speed bumps to one of Fulton's shortest roads.
Firefighters from three counties have been battling a sawmill fire on Little Britain Church Rd., Fulton Township, since 7:19 a.m. Thursday morning, April 18.
Robert Fulton Fire Company volunteers went to neighboring Oxford on Saturday, February 2, and brought home a new engine.
New, that is, to them.
The local volunteers bought the 1993 Pierce Lance pumper from Oxford's Union Fire Company. It will replace two of Fulton's current engines, a 1991 and a 1995.
The company is making the change for several reasons, Fire Chief Phil Smith said.
Howard Bank will close its branch in Penn Hill, Fulton Township, on June 3.
It is the only branch the Maryland-based bank has in Pennsylvania. Howard acquired the Penn Hill branch when it took over the assets of the former NBRS Financial. NBRS, formerly National Bank of Rising Sun, was seized by the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation on October 17, 2014.
Fulton Township's newest piece of equipment arrived 10 months after it was ordered.
Just in time.
The township's 2016 four-wheel-drive dump truck, complete with new salt spreader and snowplow, arrived at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22.
And went to work four hours later.
"We loaded it up and it went out the door at 5:30," said supervisor and roadmaster Mike Church.
More than half a hundred volunteers began working early this week to give their neighbors a serving of good luck on New Year's Day.
Pennsylvania Dutch tradition holds that a pork and sauerkraut meal on January 1 guarantees good fortune in the coming year.
Members of the Robert Fulton Fire Company auxiliary want to make sure more than 1,000 of their neighbors keep the tradition alive.
By last Friday afternoon, drivers entering Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222) from Swift Rd. had a better chance of avoiding an accident.
Fulton Township's crew, assisted by workers from Little Britain Township and excavator Andrew Jackson, worked throughout last week to make the intersection less dangerous.
The crews used loaders, dump trucks, and a grader to remove an embankment that blocked the view of drivers trying to pull out on Rt. 222.
One Southern End township is working to allow Amish residents to keep a horse on a one-acre lot while a neighboring township will mandate at least two acres for one horse.
The changes come as an increasing number of Amish residents move into homes on one-acre lots, township officials said last week. Most townships allow one or two horses, known as travel horses, to be kept on a one-acre lot if the horses are the family's only means of transportation.
A snowy winter and rainy spring have delayed roadwork throughout the Southern End.
"We're getting farther behind by the day," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said last Friday.
The township's crew is now doing work it would normally have completed a month ago, he said.
Anglers who turn out for the first day of trout season along Conowingo Creek will find new signs to help them find, and legally take, fish.
The five signs were erected late last week by Joseph Mundorff, a Solanco High School junior and a member of Boy Scout Troop 76.
Making and erecting the signs is Mundorff's project to reach scouting's highest rank
"The fish commission came to our troop to suggest this as a troop project and I ended up with it as my Eagle project," he said.
Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire that heavily damaged a vacant home in Fulton Township Wednesday morning, March 12.
Three firefighters were injured battling the blaze. Two, Robert Fulton firefighters James Rodgers II and Michael Childress, fell through a floor into the basement while battling the blaze. That led to a Mayday call, summoning additional firefighters and equipment. Eventually, about 100 volunteers were called to the scene.
Who pays to fix mailboxes damaged by plowed snow depends on where the mail customer lives and who plows the road.
The state and some townships will not compensate mailbox owners if plowed snow damages their rural delivery boxes. Other townships will either compensate the owner or fix the boxes.
Someone stole about 600 feet of copper cable from between several utility poles in the 1400 block of Slate Hill Rd., Drumore Township, between September 13 and 24, Trooper Anthony L. Holloway reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End: