D&I Silica addresses flooding concerns
Published: May 7, 2014
Representatives from D&I Silica, LLC, spoke to Tunkhannock Twp. supervisors at Monday night’s meeting regarding provisions to floodplain and sewage issues that had been noted in their proposal for the facility.
In order to move forward with the proposed facility, the company must obtain a flood plain permit from the township, as noted by Wyoming County Planner Nicole Wooten at the last planning commission meeting.
Mick Goodwin of Milnes Engineering, who has been reviewing flood plain issues for the township, noted that he had come to supervisors with three main issues he saw in the proposal, two of which D&I has since addressed.
The first two issues were related to documentation that would ensure the building was flood-prepared: that facilities will be physically capable of handling the force of floodwaters and that they will be anchored down.
According to the township’s floodplain ordinance, there needs to be detailed information on how these systems will be put into place.
The last issue Goodwin had was related specifically the maintenance of the facility, although not explicitly detailed in the floodplain ordinance.
Goodwin felt that, although D&I has noted several openings in the foundation that would allow floodwaters to recede, there needs to be more in place to ensure a steady maintenance of the systems.
He said that if D&I could draft a maintenance agreement to bring to the township, the company would meet the requirements to obtain a flood plain permit.
“The township has an obligation, as do they, to protect the neighboring properties,” Goodwin said.
The company intends to work with the township and township solicitor Paul Litwin this week to hammer out a maintenance agreement for the facilities.
In other business, the township released the ‘Area 2 Special Study,’ a break-out of the Act 537 plan to implement centralized sewage for parts of Lemon and Tunkhannock Twp., specifically in the Lake Carey area.
According to secretary/treasurer Judy Gingher, the study was released on May 1, as announced in both the Times Leader legal ads and as a block ad in the Wyoming County Press Examiner, meaning the public comment period will run until May 31.
Anyone with comments should contact the township to make an appointment, review the documents at the township building on Route 92, and submit a comment in writing that includes name, address and phone number.
Supervisors also reported on findings of STV, Inc., an inspection company who reviewed the bridge on Fox Road, which has been in need of repair since an inspection last year by Peter Moran of STV.
“It hasn’t deteriorated more, but it does need to have work done on it,” Gingher said.
The inspection was completed the week of April 28, and noted the same deficiencies that were highlighted in last year’s inspection - mainly related to reinforcing support beams and clearing debris from the area.
In other business, the township sold a 1994 GMC truck, which they used as a dump truck, to Gibson Twp. for $7,000, a price agreed upon last month.
Roadmaster Ken White announced that a ‘bid showing’ for 2014 road projects in the township will be tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Those interested in making bids on township road projects will meet at the township building at 10 a.m. to take a look at the roads in need of work.
White also discussed the status of a dirt and gravel road grant he applied for following March’s meeting.
According to White, not as many people have applied for the grant as anticipated, so the chances are “pretty good” that the township will receive money.
White applied for the grant to repair Treible Road and Comstock Road near the Geisinger Medical Center on Mile Hill.
The township received correspondence from Williams regarding a pipeline proposed to commence in 2016 for a 2017 completion.
Although the pipeline is projected to skirt around Tunkhannock Twp., the alternate route goes through township property.
Furthermore, the project could change once it gets underway and, because the pipeline will ultimately serve interstate purposes, it falls under federal regulations, meaning Williams doesn’t need township approval to install the line.
“It could change. They lay a lot of lines out by ‘Google Earth,’ so they may get a different understanding once they get out there,” said Chairman Veto Barziloski, Jr.
Public comment for the evening again centered on ACT 537.
Some were curious about a meeting the supervisors had with the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding pending litigation against the DEP for a ‘delayed response’ to Act 537 proposals from the township.
A gentleman wondered when the public would have access to those proceedings.
“They will know - we’ll give them a chance to review everything once we’re out of the courts,” Barziloski said.
Further questions focused on what would happen with Act 537 following action on the break-out of Hilltop Drive and Maple Lane.
“Now, it’s just a matter of untangling this ball of yarn - we’ve got one string out, let’s put it that way,” Barziloski said.