NUANGOLA – The borough's sewer authority on Monday night unanimously approved an easement arrangement with Paul Mahler of 43 Vandermark Ave. that will provide access for sanitary system hook-ups for two land-locked properties situated behind Mahler's residence.
Ray Shirk, authority vice chairman, said he was able to reach a verbal agreement with Mahler whereby lateral access, in exchange for $2,000, will be accorded to the residences of Anthony Ryan and Sam Bush. The lateral will cross through Mahler's land for a distance of what Shirk estimated as 200 feet.
Councilman Ted Vancosky said that property he owns, which borders Ryan and Bush, is also involved in the arrangement. Vancosky exempted himself from financial consideration.
The agreement, according to Shirk and Robert Gonos, authority solicitor, avoids the necessity to hire counsel and engage in a potentially long and expensive legal action. The money will be paid to Mahler from sewer authority funds. The vote to ratify the agreement was 4-0.
Shirk presided at the meeting in the absence of Chairman David Pekar.
In other discussion:
• Dan Loughran, engineer for the Quad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre, reported that work on the installation of sewer mains and laterals is under way on Meyers Street by two crews of Wexcon Inc. He also said Doli Construction plans to begin work in January on the installation of piping along Blytheburn Road.
• Shirk said a letter detailing the installation of grinder pumps and laterals will be mailed to borough residents to update them on major requirements of the project.
• Vancosky, authority treasurer, proposed for a second time that an installment payment plan be implemented for residents to pay the $2,025 hook-up fee. Vancosky‘s plan encompasses a $125 up-front payment and monthly payments of $100 thereafter. His proposal was tabled for further study.
• The authority approved a $2,421 interest payment to Fulton Bank, the remittance of $4,000 to Quad3 for engineer fees and $300 to bond counsel.