NUANGOLA — Council took action Tuesday to resolve what Councilman Joseph Tucker called “serious issues” with surface water runoff and the accompanying need to clean roadway ditches.
Council voted unanimously to rent equipment from Rice Township at the rate of $100 per hour to clean and cut brush in the drainage ditches in order to alleviate runoff problems. In addition, council President John Kochan said a meeting with the borough engineer, Rich Kresge of the Quad3 Group, will be sought in order to develop a better plan for roadway drainage.
This action, Tucker said, emanates from a downpour in late June that produced 3.25 inches of rain and caused widespread problems in the borough, in particular along Rock Island Street. Tucker credited an employee of the Wexcon Co. as well as police and firefighters for aiding residents dealing with dangerous problems.
The proposal with Rice Township is pending approval by Rice’s board of supervisors, Kochan said.
In another matter, John Pisaneschi of Nuangola Avenue warned council about the general environment and welfare of the lake and community. Pisaneschi outlined a series of grievances dealing with the sewer system project, but he expressed more strenuous concern about the deteriorating state of the lake caused by jet skiers, pontoon boaters and other watercraft being operated at unsafe speeds.
Pisaneschi also said litter is being strewn in the water and along the shoreline and traffic is speeding on Nuangola Avenue. He also said that if a rumored townhouse project becomes a reality, he believes the lake/community environment will be impaired further.
Council took action on the following:
• At the initiative of Councilman Anthony DeLuca, an exemption through the balance of 2013 was granted to residents who are scheduled to have their septic tanks cleaned. This will alleviate an expense of $150 to $200 for each household, DeLuca said.
• It was announced that residents interested in serving on the sewer authority should submit a letter of interest to borough officials. Council is seeking a successor to Dan Pecar, whose resignation was tendered at Monday’s sewer authority meeting. Pecar said he is moving out of the borough.
• The Quad3 Group was designated to develop a new, digitized comprehensive map of the borough at an estimated price of $2,500.
• On a 6-1 vote, council decided to move forward on a $4.5 million financing package with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to complete the sewer project. The balance on a bridge loan with Fulton Bank of Lancaster has only a balance of $270,000, Councilman Ted Vancosky reported.