Hilltop Drive plan to be broken out
Tunkhannock Twp. supervisors announced Monday that, pending a bit of red-tape, an Act 537 break-out plan introduced late last year will be approved.
According to supervisors, the state Department of Environmental Protection is prepared to accept the township’s plan to remove Hilltop Drive and Maple Lane from a larger proposed Act 537 plan for centralized sewage in Lake Carey.
Homes and businesses in the proposed area will subsequently be routed into Tunkhannock Borough’s lines, as per an agreement worked out with the Tunkhannock Borough Municipal Authority.
Supervisors are not pleased with the companies contracted to complete the special study necessary for that break-out.
Supervisors authorized Milnes Engineering, Inc. and consulting engineer Harleth Davis to complete the study late last year.
Once that special study was completed, it was sent to DEP for review and, in turn, sent back to the township for corrections.
According to chairman Veto Barziloski, delay by Milnes and Davis is significantly impacting supervisors’ ability to get information out for public review in a timely fashion.
“These two individuals were told what they needed to do and it’s still not done. Why is it still not done?” said supervisor Randy White, who has persistently voted against hiring and paying both parties in any capacity related to Act 537.
Barziloski made a motion to “direct the consultants, who we’ve been paying for too long, to get us these documents they have been promising us.”
Supervisors set a deadline for April 16 for the consultants to get them the revisions, which apparently amount to typos and basic clarifications.
White warned that if the two continue to hold the process up, it might be reason to look into alternate agencies to complete the work.
To discuss the break-out in-depth, supervisors will be holding a meeting on April 21 at 7 p.m. in the township building, and are encouraging residents of Hilltop Drive and Maple Lane to attend.
“Bring your questions, bring your concerns, leave emotion out of it and we’ll go from there,” Barziloski said.
According to township secretary/treasurer Judy Gingher, the earliest the plan is likely to be out for public review is April 30.
In other business, it was announced that Southwestern Energy would be withdrawing water from a site on Bennie’s Nursery and Landscaping’s land on Route 92, which is co-owned by Barziloski.
Water will be withdrawn from the river and placed in a containment pond across the road from the withdrawal site. There will also be a fill site for trucks.
According to Barziloski, the site will be on a parcel of land that is essentially unusable for gardening purposes.
Also, supervisors noted that a letter from civil engineering consulting firm Magnusson Klemencic Associates notifying them that a bridge outside of Lake Carey will be replaced in 2015.
The bridge, which is on Route 1001 at the outlet of Lake Carey, could pose a problem for emergency and delivery services during construction, so MKA is compiling a comprehensive schedule of activity in the area.
Supervisors also set clean-up and electronic days for the spring and summer.
Clean-up will be June 14 and will be the only clean-up day. Electronic clean-up day will be April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While some appliances may cost money to remove, televisions that are notably free to dispose of this year.
The township approved the renewal of two seller permits: Greenley’s BBQ and The Flower Tent.
Roadmaster Ken White said that because winter held on for so long this season, his typical schedule for organizing road projects and applying for grants has been pushed back.
“Usually it’s muddy March, it’s going to be muddy April,” Ken White said.
The township’s 42 miles of dirt and gravel road will be well-accounted for in an upcoming round of state grants, some of which Ken White will have to attend training for.
In his police report, Chief Stanley Ely noted that a police cruiser was damaged by a fire truck from Triton Hose Co. last week, amounting to $971.03 in repairs from Mile Hill Auto Collision, which Triton is responsible for.
Gingher informed supervisors that an application for a grant to install grills at Lazybrook Park will not be going through, after all.
According to information she received from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, it would cost the township more to prepare the grant application with a consultant than it would to buy the grills themselves.
There is a different grant due on July 16 that might be more practical for the grills, but either way, the grills will not be put in for summer using grant money.
For the grills the township is looking at, Gingher figured a price tag of about $800 apiece.