Concerns over a proposed waste water treatment facility continue to be echoed throughout surrounding as Laceyville Borough Council accepted a petition on Feb. 7 calling for consideration to locate the plant in another area.
Resident Alexis Muench presented the council with the petition - containing signatures from about 120 living in Laceyville and Braintrim Township. Muench explained that the projected number of trucks - between 50 to 100 per day - transporting thousands of gallons of water, would be more than what the local roads could bear.
Under the proposal, FAST Recycling Inc., a company located in Arlington, Texas, would turn the old Laceyville Elementary School, located on Lacey Street in Braintrim Township, into a recycling center for the oil and gas industry.
At at an informational meeting held on Jan. 24 at Skinner’s Eddy United Methodist Church by the Braintrim Township supervisors, Greg Miller, head of FAST Recycling, revealed that the plant could process as many as 100 trucks a day, carrying a total of 10,000 gallons of water. Many residents at the meeting expressed their concerns, saying location is a poor choice for such truck traffic, due to the number of residences along the roads. Another concern was - because of the high volume of traffic - many feared that an accident involving a spill was inevitable.
Although the proposed facility would be located in Braintrim Township, trucks traveling to it would have to use roads located in Laceyville Borough. Many council members echoed the concerns about what would happen because truck traffic would increase so greatly.
Council member Kristy Johnson said she did not realize when she first heard about the project how many trucks would be traveling to and from the plant. She agreed that 50 to 100 per day is definitely too many for the area.
Muench said that the roads would not be able to take the wear and tear from the trucks constantly running over them. She also pointed out that many of the residents located along the roads were built in the 1800s, and feared what kind of damage they would experience over time with fully-loaded trucks constantly traveling back and forth to the plant.
Laceyville Mayor Phil Brewer urged residents to continue to express their concerns.
“If you don’t get any satisfaction the first time, don’t be afraid to hammer it home,” he said.
Whether the project moves forward could rest with PennDOT, Brewer said. He said he doesn’t believe any feasibility study has been done concerning the impact the plant would have on the roads or the surrounding area.
Johnson said the Department of Environmental Protection may also be part of the plant’s approval process.
Resident Bonnie Ely asked council if anything is being done to enforce local ordinances within the borough.
Ely appeared before council last month, complaining about a residence on Lacey Street across the street from her home. Ely spoke about what she termed the garbage and other deplorable situations she has seen at the residence.
Ely asked if Laceyville has a code enforcement officer. Council president Don VanDeMark said no, that any code enforcement was provided to the borough through the Council of Governments.
Ely then asked if the local police department could enforce any of the local ordinances, but she was told no.
Brewer recommended that Ely call the housing authority to see if there is anything they can do about the situation.
During the police report, Officer Kevin Costello informed the council that three traffic citations were issued in January, two incidents of property damage were reported, one incident of theft, one incident of burglary, and one warrant served.
Costello also reported that both police vehicles are not functioning properly and are in need of repairs.
In other business, council heard from Wyoming County Planner Lynelle Welch, who discussed the possibility of Laceyville being declared a Pennsylvania Rivertown. Council voted to allow treasurer Ken Johnson take a series of on-line tax collector seminars at a cost of $25 per class.