Boro warns of road delays
BY MICHAEL WINTERMUTE
Wyoming County Press Examiner
On Thursday night, Tunkhannock Borough Council discussed an imminent road project that could be the source of traffic delays for residents.
The road project will begin on Sunday, Aug. 18 and will consist of a full-depth resurfacing effort of sections of Route 29 (or Bridge Street).
There was some confusion as to the exact distance covered by the project, but the stretch of Route 29 from the Prince Hotel to Anderson Road will be repaved in a PennDOT project.
The resurfacing will take place starting Aug. 18 primarily in the evenings to avoid as much traffic as possible.
The borough passed a motion to engage Milnes Engineering to proceed with designs and other documents related to the reconstruction of a retaining wall behind the Prince Hotel.
According to Robinson, Hess Engineering had conducted a study on the wall that determined a variety of factors that threatened the structural integrity of the wall.
It is about six inches off plumb, water run-off travels toward the wall instead of away and the wall itself is sheared in several places.
In their conclusion of the study, Hess recommended a complete removal of the wall with a replacement wall built in its place.
They also recommended that the parking lot located immediately above the wall be regarded to move run-off away from the wall.
Robinson estimates the project could cost almost $75,000, and said that the council will have to move forward with determining financing for the project.
He also voiced concerns over whether or not the borough owns the entire wall.
“Some of the parking spots towards the end may belong to the Bistro or Interfaith, so we’ll have to make sure before we do anything so we can contract them into the project,” Robinson said.
In other business, the borough announced dates for fall clean-up and electronics clean-up.
Starting with ward one on Monday, Sept. 9, clean-up will continue through wards two, three and four on Sept. 16, 23 and 30, respectively.
The electronics clean-up program will take place on Sept. 21 at the county recycling center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Any residents who witness out-of-borough vehicles leaving trash in town are encouraged to call the borough police at 836-3369.
In the police report, borough police commissioner Marshall Davis reiterated the township’s decision to end discussions on regionalization of the borough and township police forces.
Robinson informed the council that the Civil Service Committee met with a representative of the PA Local Government Commission to discuss borough policies as they pertain to Act 43 of 2012.
Robinson noted that the committee was specifically looking at aspects of the physical agility testing portion of borough policy that may be antiquated.
The council passed a motion to refer questions on a 2007 sidewalk ordinance to the planning committee to review.
Manager Dawn Welch said the committee will have until Oct. 31 to respond, at which point she would forward the issues to the solicitor.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council informed community members that state Emergency Management Agency contacted the borough stating flood buyouts are “imminent.”
The buyouts are part of a nearly two year process stemming from the September 2011 floods.
Resident Tony Talarico asked the board members what exactly will happen to the properties following the buyouts, citing a particular concern for the idea of them being “public.”
President Stacy Huber indicated the deeming of “public property” does not necessarily imply that anybody can walk on to the properties without due cause.
Mayor Norm Ball, who underwent a surgical procedure last week, was absent as he was home convalescing, but “doing well,” Huber said.