Last updated: February 19. 2014 11:30PM - 1943 Views
By Susan Bettinger Times Leader Correspondent

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HARVEYS LAKE — State chief of dam safety Roger Adams and state Department of Environmental Protection representative Duke Adams were present at Tuesday evening’s council meeting to address residents’ concerns about a raised outlet dam.

The two men, who are not related, drove from the Harrisburg to listen to comments and answer questions from the dozens of residents who attended the meeting. The dam, owned by Lynette Moretti, has been raised without prior authorization.

Moretti has been issued an order stating that she must remove the flagstones that she has placed that raised the dam. Moretti has refused to remove the stones, and has appealed her case to the Environmental Hearing Board.

Duke Adams said Moretti’s attorneys and the attorneys for the DEP have engaged in “amicable discussion” about the dispute. Roger Adams said the DEP is expecting to receive a settlement letter by the end of this week, and that one stone should be removed “as quickly as possible” after the letter.

But, Lakeside Drive resident Matthew DiPrimo said there should not be negations going on at all, because he said Moretti is clearly in violation of the state’s dam safety law. He said the dam should be “ripped out immediately” and residents should “petition the court” regarding the issue.

Residents are afraid the boathouses and docks on the lake will sustain significant damage. They fear there is the potential for flooding, as this weekend’s weather forecast predicts that the warmer weather will cause much of the existing snow to melt and raise the level of the lake.

In other matters, council approved the motion to send letters of opposition to the proposed frack-water waste site to Lake Township and Luzerne County. Council President Michell’e Boice urged residents to “get involved with this extremely serious issue.”

Boice noted the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition as being “very organized and actively opposes gas drilling.” The GDAC website, www.gdacoalition.org, contains important information on the subject, she said.

Also, Princeton Hydro’s Fred Lubnow gave an update on the floating wetland island project. Lubnow said the borough has secured a new grant for $157,000 that will be used for more storm work. Lubnow also said more information on the project will be available via the EAC newsletter as “we move into spring.”

The next council meeting will be on March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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