Sandy Twp. residents seek water extension|
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - Highland Street Extension residents want to know what it would cost to extend water to them in advance of a public hearing on a proposed deep disposal injection well.
Resident Darlene Marshall said township residents want to know the cost of bringing water there so they can ask for a bond to cover them should anything happen to the proposed Highland Street Extension well. Marshall said Sandy Township's portion of the street would measure about 2 miles from the water tower and Brady Township's portion stops at railroad tracks.
"We don't know when the public hearing will be, but you will be receiving an invitation for a private meeting with Environmental Protection Agency," said Marshall. "I believe it will be July 23 from 2-4 p.m. at Brady Township Community Center, and we ask that you send a representative."
Dick Castonguay gave a manager's report and asked the board to direct its solicitor to write a letter to Bureau Veritas in regard to inspections. Castonguay said Bureau Veritas' contract ended May 31 but it continues to give inspections. The township has requested a number of times to have its files returned, Castonguay said.
"We have copies of inspection reports that were signed as late as the 21st of June, and they have no authority to do inspections in the township after the 31st of May," said Castonguay. "I also have sent an e-mail to the Department of Labor & Industry in Harrisburg to ask for guidance on this issue."
Engineer Perry Bowser reported the state Department of Transportation would be able to supply a separate power supply for the other signal controller at the Exit 101 site. He said PennDOT would permit Unilec poles to be set in its right-of-way if the township maintains the poles.
Chairman Brady LaBorde said he didn't think the township should take responsibility for the poles, and supervisor Mark Sullivan said he is concerned the poles would be sheared off by traffic accidents. Castonguay said he would prefer overhead wires for the lighting and traffic signal because guide rail posts were accidentally driven through conduit. The poles would be set back far enough that traffic accidents shouldn't be an issue, he said.
During public comments, residents Ruth Dunlap and John Tapper continued to complain about noise caused by truck traffic on Platt Road. Dunlap said she has researched other township ordinances and determined an acceptable decibel level of noise.
Dunlap said decibel measurements she has taken on Platt Road are above the maximum allowable limit. Tapper agreed and encouraged the township to discuss the issue.
In other business, the board approved:
• setting a public hearing on Exit 101 LLC's PA liquor license transfer request for July 16 at 7 p.m.
• setting a public hearing on the Ralstom planned residential development amendment request at Treasure Lake for July 16 at 7 p.m.
• an outdoor amusement permit request for George Moore Enterprises to hold a three-day outdoor Music Fest July 6-8 at Treasure Lake Ski Lodge, conditional to receipt of a cash bond.
Sandy Township's next meeting is July 16 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.