Installation of a new system to pipe water out of the Susquehanna River northward to Lemon Twp. could begin within three weeks, Tunkhannck Twp. roadmaster Ken White told supervisors Monday night.
The plan in principle that was laid out nearly a year ago at a Tunkhannock Borough Council meeting with a pump station developed by a firm named Northeast Marcellus on the Susquehanna River south of the Ford dealer, piping water north along McCord and west along Harrison to Bridge Street where it would continue northward to an impoundment in Lemon Township. (It is to support the Marcellus gas industry.)
Supervisor Randy White said the main pipeline from the river pump station will be 16 inches in diameter all the way to Harrison Street where it will become 12 inches as it proceeds northward.
White, who serves as Triton Hose Company Chief, said 11 fire hydrants would be installed with six along Rt. 29 northward about a mile apart.
At the front end of the meeting, supervisors went into executive session with Craig Keller, who is planning to develop a service station under the name of D&C Fuel Sales across Rt. 6 from Keystone Caps near its intersection with Billings Brook Road.
When he came back into the public meeting, White explained that Keller was told by PennDOT that he would have responsibility for upgrading up to 700 feet for a turning lane.
“We’ll try to do what we can to work out permits for upgrading the intersection,” White said.
The supervisors were also advised by secretary Judy Gingher that they would have to sign off on a municipal use letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding a Tunkhannock Twp./Lemon Twp. Sewer Authority sewer plant to serve people and properties around Lake Carey.
“It sounds like that project is moving right along,” Supervisor Hoyt Keiser said. “They could be starting construction by the end of the year.”
Gingher gave an update on repairs to a bathroom and office following recent repair work.
“We came within about $1500 of what insurance would cover,” Gingher said.
White said the repair work looked solid.
Gingher also noted that the township received $12,566 in January for work done under the Dirt and Gravel Road grants program administered by the Wyoming County Conservation District.
Roadmaster Ken White said the township would be looking to make application for the new round of D&G grant program which has a deadline of March 1.
In other business, Gingher said the township would need to have a meeting soon for residents who might be affected by new FEMA flood maps. Some dates for the end of February were talked about but no firm date selected.
Gingher also noted particulars regarding Costar contracts for salt and other road materials.
She also noted that the conservation district’s 15th Northeast Regional Contractor & Engineering Workshop would be taking place March 13 at Keystone College.
Gingher mentioned at next Tuesday’s Council of Governments meeting at the EMA building, there was a call to find three candidates to volunteer service on an appeals board as needed.
From a township auditors’ report, Gingher said that supervisors doing road work would be paid $15.49 an hour, same as last year.